Molloy Arts and Sciences Dean Malone Appointed to NYC Election Oversight Committee
Molloy College is proud to announce that Dr. Christopher Malone, Founding Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences, and Professor of Political Science, has been tapped to serve on the Voter Assistance Advisory Committee (VAAC) of the New York City Campaign Finance Board (CFB.)
Dean Malone was appointed by New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio to serve a five-year term on the committee. The nine members of the VAAC advise the CFB on its voter engagement efforts and recommend legislative and administrative changes to improve NYC elections.
"It is an incredible honor to be able to serve the people of New York City in this capacity," said Dean Malone. "I want to thank Mayor DeBlasio for this appointment. If the last several years have taught us anything, it is that the right to vote can be undermined in so many ways. The recent onset of the COVID-19 virus has also showed us that the ability to cast a vote can also be undermined in different and difficult ways. I look forward to the work ahead and am proud to help build our democratic values with my colleagues through the VAAC."
Prior to coming to Molloy, Dean Malone worked in higher education and public service. He served as Associate Dean of the School of Natural and Social Sciences at Lehman College, CUNY; taught in the Department of Political Science at Hunter College; and was a professor of Political Science at Pace University in New York City. From 2004-2010, Malone co-taught a popular Public Policy and American Politics course on CSPAN, with CSPAN's Vice President, Steve Scully. He managed his first political campaign in 2000-2001 - a New York City council race in Brooklyn. From 2011-2015 Malone served in the New York State Senate as Policy Director for State Senator Gustavo Rivera from the Bronx, Chair of the Senate Health Committee, working mainly on health, higher education, and criminal justice policy.
Malone's academic research lies in the field of race and American political development, political participation, and civic engagement. He is the author of Between Freedom and Bondage: Race, Party and Voting Rights in the Antebellum North (Routledge, 2008), and co-editor and contributing author of Occupying Political Science: OWS From New York to the World (Palgrave, 2012) and The Organic Globalizer: Hip Hop, Political Development and Movement Culture (Bloomsbury, 2014).