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Nigerian Scholar Visiting as Duquesne Research Fellow for Fall Semester

The first research scholar with Duquesne University's Center for Interpretive and Qualitative Research (CIQR), a Nigerian expert on education, history and politics, is on campus this fall.

Dr. Aminu Aliyu Wushishi has been familiarizing himself with campus and working with CIQR to narrow his research topic since arriving in August.

Wushishi explored a number of universities in Europe and the U.S. for a fellowship but he was especially drawn to Duquesne because of the University's reputation and commitment to inclusion.

"I was very happy that CIQR was housed with other liberal arts, and when I read more about the center's leadership I said to myself, 'These are capable and competent people from whom I can learn a lot,'" Wushishi said. "I also appreciated the fact that Duquesne is a Catholic university but accepts so many cultures."

Mutually, CIQR had interest in Wushishi's interdisciplinary background. "He was born in Nigeria, earning his Ph.D. in Malaysia, and has proven himself to be well-traveled and willing to explore the world, academically and personally," said Dr. Fred Evans, coordinator for CIQR.

As part of his work at Duquesne, Wushishi will give a presentation in December to discuss his research, which most likely will focus on education and the impact that outside cultural influences have on students and learning. In the past, Wushishi has looked at the effects of socio-economic status and religious influences, particularly the Islamic and Christian division, on education in Nigeria.

CIQR develops and explores interpretive and qualitative research methods, as well as their practical implications. The center brings together a diverse group of faculty and graduate students for monthly seminars and panels, interdisciplinary and cross-listed graduate courses, lectures and workshops offered by visiting scholars, hosts scholars in residence and conducts community action research and outreach.

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