Fellows of the 2007 Class

Philip Weinberg's picture
  • J.D., Law, Columbia University Law School

Professor of Law

  • International Environmental Law
  • Constitutional Law

"My work as a Vincentian Fellow provided useful impetus for my teaching and writing in International Environmental Law, emphasizing the impacts of environmental harm to developing countries and communities suffering from poverty and restricted access to public health."

St. John's University

Rene S. Parmar's picture
  • Ph.D. Special Education, University of North Texas
Rene S.


  • Mathematics learning and literacy of bilingual students, and students with learning disabilities.

"Interacting with other Vincentian scholars has opened my eyes to the many ways in which all of our work is connected toward a common goal of making a positive difference in the lives of the people around us."

St. John's University

Karen A. Leal's picture
  • Ph.D., History and Middle Eastern Studies, Harvard University
Karen A.

Assistant Professor

  • 18th Century Ottoman Empire and the relationship of Islamic and Greek Orthodox Communities

"Since being appointed as a Vincentian Research Fellow, I have become more aware of the myriad ways the Vincentian mission manifests itself across the broad spectrum of academic disciplines represented at the Center."

St. John's University

Peggy F. Jacobson's picture
  • Ph.D. Speech and Hearing Sciences, City University of New York Graduate Center
Peggy F.

Associate Professor

  • The study of typical and atypical language acquisition in Spanish/English speaking immigrant communities [funded by the National Institute of Deafness and other Communication Disorders, National Institutes of Health]
  • Project Nicaragua: to find services for individuals with special needs in Nicaragua

"Interdisciplinary collaboration as a Vincentian Research Fellow has given me a fuller understanding of the social, economic, political, and religious aspects of poverty. I have benefited from a strong shared commitment to justice among the Fellows."

St. John's University

Peggy F. Jacobson, a licensed Speech Pathologist, earned a Ph.D. in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the CUNY Graduate Center in New York. Dr. Jacobson’s clinical and research interests are in the areas of child language disorders, bilingualism, second language acquisition, and the effects of poverty on communication development. Her research has been supported by the National Institute of Deafness and Other Communication Disorders/ National Institute of Health. She is a Senior Vincentian Research fellow at St. John’s University. Dr. Jacobson has traveled extensively to Nicaragua volunteering her services for children with disabilities and engaging other students and faculty in these endeavors.

John P. Angelidis's picture
  • Ph.D., Management, Georgia State University
John P.

Professor and Chairperson

  • Strategic management, international business, and corporate social responsibility

St. John's University

Food for Thought

A Catholic university is called to become an evermore effective instrument of cultural progress for individuals as well as for society. Included among its research activities, therefore, will be a study of serious contemporary problems in areas such as the dignity of human life, the promotion of justice for all, the quality of personal and family life, the protection of nature, the search for peace and political stability, a more just sharing in the world’s resources and a new economic and political order that will better serve the human community at a national and international level.

Pope John Paul II,
Ex Corde Ecclesiae (32)