American Studies

Faculty and Staff

Thomas J. Lappas

Thomas J. Lappas

Associate Professor in History & Political Science
585-389-2655
tlappas4@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 459
Bio

Education: B.A., Kenyon College; M.A. and Ph.D., Indiana University

Teaching and Research Interests: Native American History, American Colonial History, American Revolution, and France in North America 1530-1763.

Scott M. Campbell

Scott M. Campbell

Professor & Chair in Philosophy
585-389-2719
scampbe8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 499
Bio

Education: B.A., University of Virginia; M.A., Boston College; Ph.D., Boston College

Academic Interests: My major research interest is exploring the nature of the human being through a philosophical analysis of the concept of life. In particular, I am interested in the problem of language, the role it plays in human life, and how language relates to the structure of the human being. I have written on issues in education and communication, especially as these relate to the notion of the practical in the early work of Martin Heidegger. My research focuses primarily on the philosophy of Heidegger, his interpretations of ancient philosophy, hermeneutics, and contemporary European thought. I teach contemporary philosophy, political theory, ethics, Aristotelian logic, and classical American philosophy. Read more.

Timothy Kneeland

Timothy Kneeland

Director in Center for Public History
Professor and Chairperson in History & Political Science
585-389-2649
tkneela8@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 454
Bio

Education: B.A. and M.A., SUNY Buffalo; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Oklahoma

Areas of Academic Interest: American politics, political history, public history, history of science and medicine, African-American history, and women's history.

Read more about his interest in politics and American culture in Dr. Kneeland's Life of the Mind article.

Harry Murray

Harry Murray

Director in Peace and Justice
Professor & Chair in Sociology & Anthropology
hmurray9@naz.edu
Bio

Education: Ph.D., Syracuse University (Sociology); M.R.P., Cornell University (City Planning); A.B., College of the Holy Cross (Economics) 

Teaching Interests: Sociology, social problems, deviance, sociology of religion, homelessness, social movements, and social research methods.

Research Interests: Non-violence, the Catholic worker movement, Homes for the Friendless, and social construction of weapons of mass destruction.

Ronald Netsky

Ronald Netsky

Professor and Chairperson in Art
585-389-2533
rnetsky4@naz.edu
Arts Center 159/62
Bio

Education: B.F.A., Philadelphia College of Art; M.F.A., Washington University, St. Louis

Areas of Academic Interest: Printmaking; in lithographs, etchings and his own cardigraph technique he has primarily focused on the interplay between organization and chaos found in nature.

Read full biography and view the artist's personal website.

Joseph Viera

Joseph Viera

Professor & Chair in English
585-389-2642
jviera1@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 496A
Bio

Education: Ph.D. and M.A., Florida State University; B.A., Florida Atlantic University

Teaching and Research Interests: U.S. Latino/a literary and cultural studies, particularly Cuban-American literary culture; identity construction and performance; diaspora and displacement; race and gender politics; 20th-century American literature; ethnic-American literatures; the short story; the novel; rhetoric and composition.

Marie L. Watkins

Marie L. Watkins

Director in Community Youth Development
585-389-2748
mwatkin2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 306
Bio

Education: B.A., Nazareth College; M.S. and Ph.D., Syracuse University (Social Work, Marriage and Family Therapy, Child and Family Studies)

Marie has over two decades of community-based experience as a youth worker, group worker, family therapist, and not-for-profit agency administrator. She has taught undergraduate and graduate social work courses at Syracuse University and Indiana University as an adjunct faculty member. She has also published journal articles and book chapters about youth work and the principles of youth development. 

Isabel Cordova

Isabel Cordova

Assistant Professor in History & Political Science
585-389-2494
icordov1@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 460
Bio

Education: B.A. Macalester College; M.A. University of Puerto Rico; Ph.D. University of Michigan

Teaching and Research Interests: Latin America and the Caribbean, the Atlantic world, medicine and reproduction, gender and cultural studies.

Mark J. Madigan

Mark J. Madigan

Professor / Fulbright Program Advisor in English
585-389-2643
mmadiga2@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 479
Bio

Education: B.A., St. Michael's College; M.A., University of Vermont; Ph.D., University of Massachusetts

Teaching and Research Interests: African American literature, modern American literature, popular culture, international education

Read more about Dr. Madigan's involvement with the Fulbright Scholar program at Naz. 

Kimberly J. McGann

Kimberly J. McGann

Associate Professor in Sociology & Anthropology
585-389-5136
kmcgann5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 307
Bio

Education: Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo (Sociology); M.A., Rutgers University (Sociology); B.A., Skidmore College (Sociology)

Teaching Interests: Sociology of mass media and popular culture, marriage and families, race and ethnicities, individuals in society, and social problems.

Research Interests: Interpersonal relationships and technology (e.g. effects of social media), social influences on romantic love, social construction of the news, Hurricane Katrina, stratification, the social construction of symbolic boundaries, and cognitive sociology.

Sharon R. Murphy

Sharon R. Murphy

Professor in History & Political Science
585-389-2659
smurphy3@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 457
Bio

Education: B.A., Daemen College; M.A. and Ph.D., University of Notre Dame

Areas of Academic Interest: Middle East politics, African politics, U.S. foreign policy, general international relations

Lisa G. Perks

Lisa G. Perks

Assistant Professor and Director of Communication & Media Program in English
585-389-5177
lperks3@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 495
Bio

Education: B.A., Wake Forest University; M.A., Pennsylvania State University and Ph.D., University of Texas at Austin

Areas of Academic Interest: Media Studies; Media Ethics; Rhetorical Criticism; Persuasion; Humor and Communication 

Check out Dr. Perks' media marathoning research blog.

Read more.

 

Olena M. Prokopovych

Olena M. Prokopovych

Associate Professor of Political Science in History & Political Science
585-389-2495
oprokop5@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 458
Bio

Education: B.A . Williams College; Ph.D. Cornell University

Teaching and Research Interests: American Government and politics, constitutional history, comparative healthcare and social policy, and political philosophy.

Madeline Slowik

Madeline Slowik

Professor and Chairperson in Sociology & Anthropology
585-389-2762
mslowik7@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 305
Bio

Coordinator - Social Research Minor

Education: Ph.D. Sociology, University of Illinois, 1974; M.A. Sociology, University of Illinois, 1971; B.A. Sociology, Baldwin-Wallace College, 1969

Teaching and Research Interests: Environmental sociology, social research methods, social theory, sociology, globalization, environment.

Timothy G. Weider

Timothy G. Weider

Lecturer in Adolescence Education
Lecturer in Sociology & Anthropology
585-389-2998
tweider3@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 385
Bio

Teaching and Research Interests: Crime and justice, social classes, and neighborhoods and communities.

Edward Wiltse

Edward Wiltse

Professor in English
585-389-2646
ewiltse6@naz.edu
Golisano Academic Center 496B
Bio

Education: A.B., Vassar College; M.A., University of North Carolina; Ph.D., Tufts University

Teaching and Research Interests: Twentieth-century British and Irish literature, post-colonial literature, crime and detective fiction, film, cultural studies, rhetoric and composition.