2021 - 2022 Student Fellows

Kyra Krzywicki is a junior journalism and theology double major. Kyra is currently working on a project that explores the role of Catholic Social Teaching on sexual morality in combatting issues such as human trafficking in the United States. She will draw extensively on Saint Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body in her research.  

Maggie Kowalewski lives in Forest City, PA and resides with her parents. She is a Class of 2023 commuter student at the University of Scranton majoring in Biology on the Pre-Veterinary track with a minor in Psychology. She is currently working on a project entitled “How should we Understand and Relate to our Fellow Animals? A Theological Investigation with Implications from Factory Farming.” Examining multiple literature readings and personal communications, this project traces how the world has shifted from small agricultural farming to large industrial farming contributing to a growing fear for our fellow animals and the environment surrounding us.

Isaiah Livelsberger is a senior International Studies and Philosophy major with a Concentration in Latin American Studies and a minor in Spanish at the University of Scranton. He is currently working on a project titled, "The Immigrant Scapegoat: Girardian Mimesis in Contemporary Political Discourse and Decision-Making." Through analyzing news media, extremist social media, and Girardian literature, this project aims to better understand the scapegoating of immigrants by the far-right in the 21st century United States.

Adrianna Smith lives in Covington Township, PA. She is a senior student at the University of Scranton and is a Philosophy and Theology double major. She is currently working on a project entitled "An Examination of Descartes’ Meditations through a Catholic Lens." Examining Descartes' work in the "Meditations on First Philosophy" and other related works and responses, this project studies the important link between Descartes' strong dedication to his Catholic faith and his philosophy in a newly scientific world.

Ashley Mullan is a senior from Huntington, NY. She has a double major in applied mathematics and philosophy with minors in computer science and finance and a data science concentration. Ashley is currently working on a project entitled “Musical Feature Classification: Using Techniques of Machine Learning to Detect Genre” under the supervision of Dr. Murong Xu. Her work will utilize both audio features, such as zero crossing rate, and musical attributes, including tempo and time signature.

Sarah Hickey is a senior history major from Scranton, Pennsylvania. She is working on a project titled "False Memories: The History of Racism in the Women's Suffrage Movement." Examining speeches, voting records, and the evolution of laws surrounding women's right to vote, this project aims to demonstrate how racism affected both the women's suffrage movement itself and the historiography of the movement in later years. Sarah plans on attending law school after graduation.

Caroline Cirella is a senior from Randolph, NJ. She has a double major in Political Science and Philosophy with a minor in Spanish and a Legal Studies concentration. Caroline is currently working on a project entitled “Individual Freedom and American Racism” under the supervision of Dr. Matthew Meyer. Her work will examine philosophical texts including Annelien De Dijn’s Freedom: An Unruly History as well as historical texts to investigate how a particular conception of freedom that emphasizes freedom of the individual in the private sphere has been used to resist the full realization of civil rights in the United States.

Sofia Zingone is a junior from Randolph, NJ. She has a double major in Physiology and Philosophy with a minor in Theology/ Religious Studies. Sofia is currently working on a project entitled: “The Theological and Historical Significance of Christian Pilgrimages to the Holy Land,” with the help of her faculty mentor, Fr. Michael Azar. Through personal experience, research, and interviews, Sofia will propose an ideal itinerary for those wishing to experience a 10-14 day Christian pilgrimage to the Holy Land.

Nia Long is a senior neuroscience and philosophy double major from East Stroudsburg, PA. She is currently working on a project titled “An Examination of the Disagreement Between Libertarianism and the 1950’s-1960’s Civil Rights Movement Based on their Similar Foundations in Existential Philosophy.” Through the literature of existential philosophers, such as Sartre, Nietzsche, Heidegger, and Beauvoir, she will examine the root ideas that influenced both movements. Other papers and essays, speeches, legal documents, and an examination of major events will help trace how each movement utilized existential philosophy to diverge in two dramatically different ways in terms of beliefs, ideas, and policy decisions.