Duffy Fellows

Afrah Bandagi (FCLC 2023)

She is double-majoring in Philosophy and Political Science and minoring in Peace and Justice Studies. As Duffy Fellows, she and her research partner, Madeline Hilf, will examine how religion and spirituality inform the lives of activists working with migrants at the United States-Mexico border. Afrah first became interested in the global immigration crisis when she was involved with refugee work in Jordan. Bandagi and Hilf's project will culminate in an online database consisting of video interviews with activists and organizations.

Afrah Bandagi head shot

Madeline Hilf (FCLC 2022)

She is double-majoring in Music and Film and minoring in Spanish. She volunteers at the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service in East Harlem and she is a contributing writer and PR/Media Specialist at Grain of Salt Magazine. Hilf is honored to be a Duffy Fellow and to be working with her research partner, Afrah Bandagi, on an exploration of faith in the lives of migrants at the United States-Mexico border.

Madeline Hilf

Benedict Reilly (FCRH 2023)

He is a student of Theology and Humanitarian Studies. As a Duffy Fellow, he will explore perspectives on spirituality in neighborhoods near Fordham’s Rose Hill campus. Reilly's research is in the spirit of the Ignatian year, focusing on the holiness of certain places with a particular attention to the Bronx. He will present his findings through a web-based map and a walking tour of the Belmont and Fordham neighborhoods.

Benedict Reilly

Samantha Sclafani (FCLC 2022)

He is a Theology and Political Science double major. Her Duffy Fellow project will focus on the relationship between Catholic Social Teaching and internet activism. Sclafani will investigate the practical applications of Catholic Social Teaching and religion and how they might positively inform contemporary social justice movements.


Samantha Sclafani