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School of Liberal Arts Faculty

At the core of the educational experience at Marist is our distinguished faculty.  Offering both sterling educational credentials and deep professional experience, these talented men and women are deeply dedicated to the education and development of our students.  The members of Marist’s faculty share their knowledge with our students, mentor and encourage them, challenge them to think in new ways, collaborate with them on high-level research, and help them become career-ready.  We hear from countless alumni who reflect back on the significant impact their professors had and continue to have on their lives.  Each and every day, Marist’s faculty prove not only that outstanding teaching and outstanding research can go hand-in-hand, but that great teachers have a lasting impact on their students.

Dean, School of Liberal Arts

Martin Shaffer
BA in Political Science from Le Moyne College
MA in Political Science from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany
PhD in Political Science from the Rockefeller College of Public Affairs and Policy at SUNY Albany

English Department

Matthew Andrews
Professor of English/Theatre
MFA in Directing, University of Oklahoma
MA in Theatre, Oklahoma State University
NAST Certificate in Acting, National Shakespeare Conservatory, New York City
BA in English, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

Eileen Curley, Chair
Associate Professor of English
PhD in Theatre History, Theory & Literature, Indiana University
MA in Theatre History, Theory & Literature, Indiana University
BA in Theatre (Phi Beta Kappa), Grinnell College

Rose De Angelis
Professor of English
Ph.D. in Modern British and American Literature, Fordham University
MA in Comparative Literature, Columbia University
BA in English, Lehman College, City University of New York

Moira Fitzgibbons
Professor of English; Director, Core/LS Program; and Assistant Dean, School of Liberal Arts
PhD, Rutgers University-New Brunswick
BA, Georgetown University

Leigh Graham
Associate Professor of English
PhD, University of Illinois-Chicago
MA, University of Illinois-Chicago
BA, Westminster College

Richard Grinnell
Professor of English
PhD in English Language and Literature, University of Minnesota
MA in English Language and Literature, University of Minnesota
BS in Biology, California Polytechnic State University at San Luis Obispo

Pau-San Haruta
Associate Professor of English
PhD, Department of Linguistics and Cognitive Science, University of Delaware
BA, Department of English, Universiti Sains Malaysia

Joshua Kotzin
Associate Professor of English and Jewish Studies Coordinator
PhD in English, University of Iowa
MA in English, University of Iowa
BA in English, Stanford University

Angela Laflen
Associate Professor of English
PhD in English, Purdue University
MA in English, Purdue University
BA in English, Northern Kentucky University

Gregory Machacek
Professor of English
PhD, Cornell University
BA, St. John’s University

Stephen Mercier
Teaching Associate, College Writing Specialist
PhD in English, University of Rhode Island
MA in English, University of Rhode Island
BA in Psychology, Clark University

Mark Morreale
Senior Lecturer of English
MA, Ohio University
BA, Marist College

Lisa Neilson
Teaching Associate
MA, Empire State College
Paralegal Certificate, Marist College
BA, College of the Holy Cross

Joseph Zeppetello
Senior Lecturer
DA, State University of New York Research Center at Albany
MA, State University of New York Research Center at Albany
BA, State University of New York at Oswego

Thomas Zurhellen
Associate Professor of English
MFA in Fiction Writing, University of Alabama
MA in English, Western Washington University

History Department

Artin Arslanian
Professor of History and International Relations
PhD, University of California, Los Angeles
MA, American University of Beirut
BA, American University of Beirut

Kristin Bayer
Assistant Professor of History
PhD in History, New York University

Steven Garabedian
Assistant Professor of History
PhD in American Studies, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
BA in American Studies, University of California, Santa Cruz

Shantel George
Assistant Professor of History
PhD, SOAS, University of London
MA, University of the West Indies, Mona
BA, SOAS, University of London

James Johnson
Dr. Frank T. Bumpus Chair in Hudson River Valley History; Executive Director, Hudson River Valley Institute
PhD, Duke University
MA, Duke University
MA in National Security and Strategic Studies, Naval War College
BS, United States Military Academy at West Point

Nicholas Marshall, Chair
Associate Professor of History
PhD, University of California, Davis
MA, University of California, Davis
BA, Oberlin College

Sara Dwyer-McNulty
Associate Professor of History
PhD in History, Temple University
BA in History, Temple University

Michael O’Sullivan
Associate Professor of History
PhD, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
MA, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
BA, Canisius College

Janine Larmon Peterson
Associate Professor of History
PhD in Medieval History and Cultural History, Indiana University
MA in Medieval Studies, Fordham University
BA in Medieval Studies, Fordham University

Robyn Rosen
Professor of History and Director of First Year Seminar
PhD in History, Binghamton University
MA in History, Binghamton University
BA, Brandeis University

David Woolner
Professor of History
PhD, McGill University
MA, McGill University
BA in English Literature and History, University of Minnesota

Modern Languages and Cultures Department

Irma Blanco Casey
Assistant Professor of Modern Languages

Patricia Ferrer-Medina
Assistant Professor of Spanish
PhD in Comparative Literature, Rutgers University

Kevin Gaugler
Associate Professor of Spanish
PhD, University of Connecticut, Storrs
MA, University of Connecticut, Storrs
BA, Assumption College

Claire Keith, Chair
Associate Professor of French; Coordinator of French Studies & Global Studies
PhD in French Literature, City University of New York

Maureen Michele Melita
Lecturer of Italian
PhD in Romance Languages, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
MA in Italianistica, Middlebury College
BA in Scene Design & Technology, The College at Brockport, State University of New York

Ivette Romero
Professor of Spanish
PhD in French and Latin American Literature, Cornell University
BA in French Language and Literature, University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez

Paralegal Program

Annamaria Maciocia, Esq.
Senior Professional Lecturer of Law
BA, Vassar College
JD, Albany Law School, Union University
Admitted to the New York State Bar

Philosophy and Religious Studies Department

Sasha Biro
Teaching Associate
PhD in Philosophy, Interpretation, and Culture, Binghamton University
MA in Classics, Bristol University
BA in Philosophy and English, State University of New York at New Paltz

Andrei Buckareff
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Co-Director of the Cognitive Science Program
PhD in Philosophy, University of Rochester
MA, Texas A&M University

Joseph Campisi
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
PhD, Duquesne University
MA, Duquesne University
BA, University of Western Ontario

Ross Enochs, Chair
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
PhD in Religious Studies, University of Virginia
MA in Religious Studies, University of Virginia
BA in Religious Studies, Colgate University

John Allan Knight
Associate Professor of Religious Studies; Coordinator, Academic Lecture Series; Coordinator, Catholic Studies Program
PhD, University of Chicago
MDiv, University of Chicago
JD, George Washington University
AB, Southern Nazarene University

Cathleen Muller
Teaching Associate
PhD, in Philosophy, Ohio State University
MA in Philosophy, Tufts University
BA in English Literature, Swarthmore College

Henry Pratt
Associate Professor of Philosophy
PhD, Ohio State University
BA, University of Vermont

James Snyder
Associate Professor of Philosophy and Honors Program Director
PhD in Philosophy, The City University of New York Graduate Center
BS in Philosophy and Psychology, Manhattan College

Georganna Ulary
Assistant Professor of Philosophy
PhD, Duquesne University
MA, Duquesne University
BS, Towson University

Political Science Department

Jessica Boscarino
Associate Professor of Political Science
PhD, Syracuse University
MA, Syracuse University
BA, Middlebury College

Lynn Eckert
Associate Professor of Political Science
PhD, Syracuse University
MA, Temple University
BA, Gettysburg College

Melissa Gaeke
Director, Center for Civic Engagement and Leadership; Professional Lecturer in Political Science
PhD, University of Southern California
MPP, New York University
BS, Colorado State University

Elizabeth Kaknes
Assistant Professor of Political Science
PhD in Political Science and Government, University of Virginia
MA in Political Science and Government, University of Virginia

JoAnne Myers, Chair
Associate Professor of Political Science; Political Science Internship Coordinator; Director of Public Administration Concentration
PhD in Urban and Environmental Studies/Public Policy Communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
MS in Political Communication, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute
BA in Philosophy and Government, Skidmore College

Lee Miringoff
Assistant Professor of Political Science and Director of the Marist Institute for Public Opinion
PhD in Political Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
BA, Clark University

Juris Pupcenoks
Associate Professor of Political Science
PhD, University of Delaware
MA, University of Delaware
BA, Westminster College (MO) 

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Faculty Publications & Scholarly Activities

Scholarly research, dialogue, and creative activity are critical to any academic community. Through consequential scholarship, Marist faculty members strengthen the learning environment in their classroom and share important knowledge with the larger scholarly community outside of Marist. Their substantive pursuits reflect a dedication to academic excellence and to their own development as scholars and artists.

View 2017-2018 Selected Faculty and Student Publications and Scholarly Activities