Faculty and Staff Bios

Kristen R. Blake, Chair and Professor, earned her Ph.D. in Inner Asian and Altaic Studies from Harvard University. Her expertise is on the Cold War in the Near East and the political and economic development of Inner Asia. She received the Faculty Teaching Award in 2007and the President's Distinguished Medal of Service in 2012.  

Classes Taught:
Fundamentals of Government
American National Government
US Foreign Policy
International Relations Theory
Comparative Politics of the Developing World
History and Politics of China
History and Politics of Russia
History and Politics of the Middle East
History and Political Science Senior Seminar  
Freshman Studies

Contact: kblake@molloy.edu

Dr. Lelia Roeckell served as chair from 2003-2012 and led the department during a period of expanisve growth. She received her D.Phil. in History from Oxford University and is the author of several articles on 19th century foreign relations. She is also an enthusiastic participant in the Honors, Global and Freshman Studies programs.

Classes Taught:
American Civilization I & II
American National Government
History and Political Science Senior Seminars
Honors: The Modern World
Freshmen Studies
U.S. Foreign Policy
Western Civilization I & II
Women in American History

Contact: lroeckell@molloy.edu

Paul D. van Wie received his Ph.D. in History from the City University Graduate Center in New York. He was a member of the Political Science department of Hofstra University for over twenty years, and served as an adjunct instructor at Molloy from 1994-2013 until his appointment as Associate Professor in 2013. Dr. van Wie served as a Fulbright Scholar in The Netherlands and as a German Academic Exchange Fellow. He is the author of a number of books on European history and Long Island history and has served for twenty-five years as a Town Landmarks Commissioner, a voluntary position. Dr. van Wie's current research focuses upon the role of image and propaganda in twentieth century politics.

Courses Taught
American Civz I & II
Western Civz I & II
American National Government
American State and Local Government
Political Theory
Modern Germany
Medieval Europe

Contact: pvanwie@molloy.edu

Eric Cimino received his Ph.D. from Stony Brook University (SUNY) in 2012.  He specializes in Progressive Era social reform.  His dissertation, On the Border Line of Tragedy, is a history of the Travelers' Aid Society, an organization of reform-minded Catholics, Protestants, and Jews that provided social work to women in transit at New York City's train stations and piers.  Dr. Cimino's current research project is a history of disaster relief for Titanic survivors. 

Courses taught:
American Civilization
Western Civilization
American National Government
U.S. Foreign Policy
History of New York State
Research Methods for Historians and Political Scientists

Contact: ecimino@molloy.edu

Administrative Assistant:

Wendy Carelus attended CUNY City College. She was the Manger of Admissions and Finance at Beth Israel Outpatient Clinic. She also worked At Beth Israel Medical Center Admissions Dept as the Manager of Data and Quality Control. Mrs. Carelus has over 15 years of office experience. She is a past president of the St. Thomas the Apostle Parents Club and a former Girl Scout Leader. Mrs. Carelus joined the History/Political Science Dept in spring 2010.

Adjunct Faculty:

Dr. Michael Andrews holds a M.A. in European History and a Ph.D. in Modern World History from St. John's University in New York City. He has taught History and coached debate for over 20 years. He has also taught at St. John's University, Dowling College, Briarcliffe College, Mamaroneck High School, Westbury High School, and Christ the King Regional High School.  Dr. Andrews has written articles for The New Catholic Encyclopedia and has participated in several historical institutes.
In 2011 the Harvard Club of Long Island honored Dr. Andrews as a "Distinguished Teacher of 2011."


Courses Taught:   
Study of Africa

Sister Francis Daniel Kammer, O.P., holds a M.A. in Social Studies from Hunter College and an M.A. in History from Hofstra University. She has many years of experience on all levels of teaching from elementary school through college. Known for her extensive knowledge and boundless enthusiasm in the classroom, she has received the Faculty Teaching Award multiple times. Sr. Francis is also the moderator of Phi Alpha Theta, the National Honor Society in History, and makes the award ceremony a memorable occasion for students each year.

Contact: fkammerer@molloy.edu


Dr. Joseph G. Metz earned his A.B., M.A., and Ph.D. (Political Theory) from the Catholic University of America and J.D. degree from Fordham University School of Law. He is a member of the New York State Bar, the New York State Bar Association, the Catholic Lawyer's League of Long Island, and is a registered representative with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

He is an author, lecturer, pension attorney, and consultant having 45 years of experience in working with governmental and private sector retirement systems and funds throughout the country. Dr. Metz served as the Executive Director of the New York State Pension Commission and was an Associate Professor of Political Science at C. W. Post College of Long Island University. Joe served as an Assistant to a United States Congressman who was an author of the 1964 Civil Rights Bill in the House. At Molloy, Dr. Metz he was a member on the Board of Trustees for eight years and as Chair of the Board of Trustees from 2003 to 2005.

In his spare time, Joe and his wife Elissa volunteer in Lourdes, France where they assist sick pilgrims visiting the Shrine of Our Lady of Lourdes.

Courses Taught:  
Political Philosophy

Bruce Nyman has over 25 years experience in government, politics and media relations. After being admitted to the New York Bar, Nyman spent several years working at the State Capitol in Albany, as Special Counsel to the New York State Assembly Ways & Means Committee.

Nyman was the youngest elected member of the Nassau Board of Supervisors, where he served for ten years. Nyman was then elected to the Nassau County Legislature where he was chosen as the first Minority Leader and ranking member of the Rules Committee and the Legislative Financial Oversight Committee. Mr. Nyman left the legislature in 1999 to serve as City Manager for the City of Long Beach.
Most recently, Mr. Nyman served as Director of Communications and Public Policy for the County of Nassau.

Over the years, Nyman has directed numerous electoral campaigns, organized and supervised candidate field operations, managed fund raising programs and organized political events. He was the first elected official in New State to endorse then Governor Bill Clinton and served as a Clinton Delegate to 1992 Democratic National Convention in New York's Madison Square Garden.

As an attorney with experience in municipal and administrative law, zoning and land use planning, Nyman has been an adjunct faculty member at Molloy College for over 20 years.

Courses Taught:
US State and Local Government
American National Government

Scott Salvato received his B.A. in Theology with minors in History and Philosophy from St. Bonaventure University, a M.A. in Theology from St. John's where he currently is working on his dissertation for his Ph.D. in Modern World History. Before he became the Director of Campus Ministries at Molloy College in 2004, he taught Theology at Holy Trinity High School in Hicksville, Long Island and was a campus minister at St. John's University.

Scott was an avid rugby player and is a coach of the Molloy College Rugby Club.

Courses Taught:  
Western Civilization II  
US Government

Kevin Sullivan graduated from Hofstra University with a B.A. in Political Science and earned an M.Phil. in History from the CUNY Graduate Center, concentrating in American intellectual history. His areas of interest are American political and social thought of the 19th and 20th centuries, as well as Irish-American History. He previously taught at Bronx Community College.

Courses Taught: 
Vietnam
History of Race and Nationality