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Manhattanville College faculty and staff are available to share insights as media resources. For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Animal Rights, Veganism

Elizabeth Cherry

Associate Professor, Sociology and Anthropology
Areas of expertise include Sociology and Environmental Sociology.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Aquatic Toxicology, Forensic Ecology, Animal Behavior and Elephant Research

Nancy Todd, Ph.D.
Chairwoman of Environmental Studies Program
Areas of expertise include Environmental Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Todd tracks nesting behavior of endangered sea turtles on island of Barbuda, conducts elephant research and is a consultant to the Smithsonian.

 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Art History

Lisa M. Rafanelli, Ph.D.
Art History

Areas of expertise include Art History, DaVinci, and the Renaissance Papacy.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Art History

Megan Cifarelli
Professor, Chair

Areas of expertise include Archaeology (Near Eastern, Egypt, Mediterranean), Cultural Heritage (looting, impact of ISIL, other Salafist groups on ancient cultural heritage in the Middle East), and Ancient Art, Archeological Discoveries, and Ancient Costume and Jewelry.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Art History and Museum Studies

Deborah Saleeby-Mulligan, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise include Irish Contemporary Art; Contemporary Art; Public Murals; and the Arts of Africa, Oceania, and the Ancient Americas.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Arts and Sciences

Christine Dehne
Dean, School of Arts and Sciences

Areas of expertise include Experimental Video, Theatre for the Very Young, and Design Thinking.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Asian Studies and International Studies

Nayma Qayum
Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise include Women and Development, Refugees and Migration, Institutions, Governance, and Regional Expertise in South Asia.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Biology

Christopher Pappas, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Biology, Director of Laboratory Safety

Areas of expertise include Ticks and Tick-Borne Illnesses (Lyme Disease), Leptospira/Leptospirosis (a water-borne spirochete disease), OSHA/EPA/DOR and Other Safety Regulations/Concerns in and Around the Laboratory, and Hazardous Materials Handling and Storage.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Chemistry, Catalysis, HIV Inhibition

Darlene Gandolfi, Ph.D.
Chemistry Department

Areas of expertise include Chemistry and Inorganic Chemistry. Areas of interest include HIV inhibition.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Childhood Education

Joanne Ferrara
Professor, Associate Dean

Areas of expertise include Professional Development, Community Schools and Community Partnerships.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Communication and Media

Steffi Shook
Visiting Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise include Video Games, Film, Media, Gender and Sexuality, and Media Representation.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Constitutional Law

Matthew Pauley, JD, Ph.D.
Professor of Political Science & Law

Areas of expertise include Criminal Procedure, Constitutional Law, Common Law, Civil Liberties, and Political Thought. Pauley is interested in the meaning and importance of the President’s Constitutional Oath.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Creative Writing

Lori Soderlind
Program Director/Professor

Areas of expertise include Journalism, Memoirs, Domestic Travel, American History and LGBTQ Issues.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Cuban/Latin American Literature and Film, Spanish Theater

Maria Jose Lujan, Ph.D.
Department of World Languages and Literatures – Spanish

Areas of expertise include Latin American Novel and Film, Literature and Film in Cuba, Spanish Theater, and Spanish Civilization Past and Present.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Dance

Shawn T. Bible
Associate Professor

Areas of expertise include: Modern Dance, Contemporary Dance, Ballet, Dance on Film, Site-Specific Dance, Choreography, History, Pedagogy, and Dance & Technology.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Dance & Theatre

Vincent Mraz
Adjunct Professor

Areas of expertise: Theater, Playwriting, Acting, Devised or Original Works, Solo performance, Comedy/Improv, and Theater Outreach.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Documentary Media, Social Media

Brian Snee, Ph.D.
Associate Professor and Chair of Communication and Media

Areas of expertise include Communication and Media Theory, Persuasion, Documentary Media; research interest includes social media, digital cultures, and mindfulness.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Economics, Finance, and Management

Kyoko Mona
Associate Professor

Areas of expertise include the economic causes and consequences of historical conflicts; negative sentiments, and current economic growth in East Asia.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Economics, Finance, and Management

Nimish Adhia
Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise include International trade, Immigration, the Relationship Between Happiness and Wealth, and Cultural Attitudes Toward Profit.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Education

Shelley Wepner, Ed.D.
Dean and Professor, School of Education

Expert on all topics related to K-12 and university education.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

English

Patrick Redding
Associate Professor, English

Areas of expertise include conceptual implications of literary form, and how literature responds to cultural struggles, philosophical problems, and historical crises.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Film, Academy Awards, Queer Film

David Lugowski
Professor of English and Film Studies

Areas of expertise include History of Cinema, Queer Film and Media, Nordic/Scandinavian Film, Major Film Directors, Film Genres (musical, horror); interest in Academy Awards.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Gender and Communications, Minorities and the Media, Selfies

Dara Persis Murray, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Communication and Media

Areas of expertise include Gender and Communication, Advertising and American Popular Culture, Minorities and the Media, Public Relations and Culture, and Multimedia Communications.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Global Energy Politics

Christopher Sarver, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Political Science and Legal Studies

Areas of expertise include International Politics and Politics of Middle East.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Happiness, Romantic Relationships, Pet Ownership

Katherine Bao
Assistant Professor, Psychology

Areas of expertise include Psychology of Emotion and Positive Psychology.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

History

David Edward Gutman
Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise include Modern Middle East, Ottoman History, Armenian Genocide, Global Migrations.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

History of Ireland

Professor Irene Whelan, Ph.D.
Director of Irish Studies, History

Areas of expertise include Modern Ireland Since 1601, Ireland and Its Diaspora, Modern Europe Since 1648; interested in intersection of religious and political history.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

History of Photography

Gillian Greenhill Hannum, Ph.D.
Art History

Areas of expertise include History of Photography.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

History of U.S. and New York City

Professor Colin Morris, Ph.D.
Department of History

Areas of expertise include American History: Cities on a Hill, Frontier Nation, Civil War, Reconstruction and New South, Salem Witch Trials, History of New York City, The Mississippi: Site, Scene, Symbol.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Immigration and Acculturation

Alison Carson, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology

Areas of expertise include Psychology and Culture, Psychology of Identity.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Latin American History

Gregory Swedberg, Ph.D.
Professor

Areas of expertise include the effects of industrialization, gender and labor relations, underdevelopment, neoliberalism, and imperialism, as well as how economic, racial, and gender inequalities contribute to systems of violence.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Literacy and English Education

Katherine Cunningham
Associate Professor

Areas of expertise include Children’s Literature, Professional Development for Teachers, Changing Schools/Suburban Populations, “Reading Wars” or, the Best Way to Teach Reading.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Literacy Education

Courtney Kelly
Associate Professor

Areas of expertise include Content Area Literacy; English Language Learners and Literacy; New Technologies and Critical Literacy; Language, Literacy and Culture; and Adolescent Literature, and representations of schooling in popular culture.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Mathematics, Game Design

Jonathan Munson
Professor of Mathematics and Computer Design

Areas of expertise include Game Development Scrum, Data Structures and Algorithms, Database Systems, Computer Programming; interest in synthesis of computation and the liberal arts.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Microbiology, Virology, Immunology, Infectious Disease, Nutrition

Anna K. Yeung-Cheung, Ph.D.
Chair of Department of Biology

Completed research on a broad range of topics such as: DEET on brown dog ticks, effect of Malathion on household bamboo plants, and the effect of traditional African medicine on the inhibition of bacteria.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Music

Geoffrey Kidde
Professor

Areas of expertise include: Music Composition, Music Theory, Music Technology, Computer Music, and Flute Performance.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Music Appreciation, Classical Music of 19th and 20th Centuries, Popular Music

Carmelo Comberiati, Ph.D.
Fulbright Scholar, Department of Music

Areas of expertise: Survey of Western Music, Classical Music, Blues, Beatles, Music of India and Africa.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Music Business, Song Writing, Copyright Law

Harvey Rachlin
Department of Music

Areas of expertise include: Music Business, Recording, Broadcasting and Digital Industries; Music Publishing and Copyright Law; Pop Songs and the Music Business.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Neuroscience, Brain Imaging, Alzheimer’s Disease

Sally Marik, Ph.D.
Adjunct Faculty Member

Areas of expertise include Introduction to Neuroscience; ongoing interest in brain plasticity, brain imaging, Alzheimer’s disease, neurodegeneration, synaptic plasticity, cutting edge techniques in neuroscience (two-photon microscopy, light-sheet microscopy, etc.)

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Painting, Lithography, Design and the Computer

Alakananda Mukerji, MFA, Ph.D.
Department of Studio Art

Areas of expertise include Lithography, Painting, Watercolor, Art, Design and the Computer, Life Drawing, 2D Design. Interests include documentary film-making.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Philosophy

Siobhán Nash-Marshall, Ph.D.
Mary T. Clark Chair of Christian Philosophy

Areas of expertise: Metaphysics, Problem of Evil, Philosophy of Religion, Genocide, Genocide Negation, Post-Truth Phenomenon.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Philosophy, Ethics

Paul Kucharski
Philosophy Department

Courses include Law, Rights and Morality; Life as Meaningful; and Ethics and Social Responsibility.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Physics / Cosmology

Austin Purves, Ph.D.
Physics Department

Areas of expertise include basic college physics, and an interest in particle physics, theoretical physics and cosmology.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Psychology

George Schreer, Ph.D.
Professor, Psychology

Areas of expertise include: Social Psychology, Social Influence and Persuasion, Stereotyping and Prejudice, Psychological Mythbusting.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Race, Racism, Social Inequality

Hephzibah Strmic-Pawl, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology and Anthropology

Areas of expertise include Race and Ethnicity, African-American Communities, Social Inequality, and History of Social Action.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Religion in America, The Bible, Sexuality and Religion, Psychology of Mystical Experience

Peter Gardella, Ph.D.
Professor, World Religions

Areas of expertise include The Bible, Sexuality and Religion, Pagans, The End of the World, Christianity, Religion in America, and The Psychology of Mystical Experience.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Social Studies

John Shekitka
Instructor

Areas of expertise include Social Studies Education, History Education, History of Education, Teaching About Religions in Schools, and Education Policy and Politics.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Special Education

Antonia R. Giannakakos
Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise include: Applied Behavior Analysis, Autism Spectrum Disorders. Research interests: staff and parent training, teaching safety skills to children, the use of single-case designs in practice and research.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Sport Brain Injuries, Neurobiology of Addiction

Anthony Santucci, Ph.D.
Department of Psychology

Courses include Statistics for the Social Sciences, Biological Basis of Mental Illness, and Sport Brain Injuries.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Sports Studies

Anthony G. Delli Paoli, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor

Areas of expertise include Ethics in Sport, Kinesiology and Sport Studies, Sport and Exercise Psychology, and Research Methods in Kinesiology and Sport Studies.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Studio Art

Randy Williams
Professor

Areas of expertise include visual arts and developing new ways to present the visual arts to children.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Studio Art

Tim Ross
Professor

Areas of expertise include computer graphics, printmaking, painting and the creative process.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Studio Art, Business of Art

Dolores R. Santoliquido
Studio Art Department

Areas of expertise include Fundamentals of Drawing, Color, 2D design, Illustration, and Business of Art.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

Terrorism, War, Nationalism, Risk Management, German Culture and History

Michael E. Geisler, Ph.D.
President of Manhattanville College

Areas of expertise include nationalism, risk management (college sites abroad, Title IX), terrorism and war. Dr. Geisler has written a book and many articles on national symbols.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

World Languages and Literatures

Binita Mehta, Ph.D.
Chair, Professor

Areas of expertise include French and South Asian languages, literature, culture and film.
 

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

World Music, Understanding Peoples Through Their Traditional Music, Song, and Dance

Jerry Kerlin, Ph.D.
Music Department

Areas of expertise include World Music, Understanding Peoples Through Their Traditional Music, Song, and Dance; Music Curriculum and Pedagogy: Childhood and Adolescence.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.

World Religions (Including Muslimism/Islam)

James Jones
Associate Professor of World Religions and African Studies and Secretary of the National Board of the Council on American Islamic Relations

Areas of expertise include Power, Authority, Leadership and Ethics; Islam, Martin Luther King, Religion Advocacy and Peace: The Middle East Crisis.

For interviews and comment, please contact the Office of Communications: Heidi.Raker@Mville.edu / 914.323.5375.