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Duquesne University Names New Liberal Arts Dean

Dr. Christopher M. Duncan has been named the dean of the McAnulty College and Graduate School of Liberal Arts at Duquesne University effective July 1.

"We are very fortunate to have someone of Dr. Duncan's caliber in this key leadership role." said Duquesne President Charles J. Dougherty. "He is an accomplished scholar with a deep commitment to Catholic higher education. Dr. Duncan will bring new energy and fresh perspectives as the dean of the College."

Currently a professor and chair of the Department of Political Science at the University of Dayton (UD), Duncan will oversee operations of the McAnulty College and Graduate School, which was founded in 1878 as the first of Duquesne's 10 schools.

“I am deeply honored by my selection as dean and hope to prove myself worthy of the trust and confidence expressed by the Duquesne community in its choice,” said Duncan, age 45. “I am especially excited about furthering the Spiritan mission of Duquesne and working with new colleagues and collaborators to help foster transformative education for our students, innovative and provocative scholarship among the faculty, and faithful service to both the local and global community.”

Duncan’s current research includes work on the relationship between the religious belief and political activism in American politics, and he has done work on welfare reform and American political culture. He has taught numerous courses, including Catholic Social Teaching and American Public Policy, Seminar in Theories of Justice, and Catholicism and American Civic Engagement.

At UD, Duncan helped to create the nation's first undergraduate degree in human rights studies; initiated and supports the school’s annual Human Rights Week; is co-creator of the Dayton Civic Scholars Program; and serves as a Marianist Educational Associate. Prior to joining UD, Duncan was an associate professor of political science and coordinator of distinguished external scholarships at Mississippi State University. There he received the Alumni Association’s Upper Division Teaching Award and the Honors Professor of the Year.

“I am grateful for the opportunity to continue my work in Catholic higher education in this new and expanded role,” said Duncan.

Duncan is the author of numerous scholarly publications, including the book The Anti-Federalists and Early American Political Thoughtand the article Catholicism, Poverty and The Pursuit of Happiness,which appeared in the Journal of Poverty. His works have also appeared in American Political Science Review, the Journal of the Art of Teaching and Commonweal, among others.

He earned a B.A. in philosophy and political science from the University of Michigan, and an M.A. and Ph.D. in political science from Wayne State University. Duncan and his wife, Laura, have three children.

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