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 US Foreign Policy, the political, economic and social development of the Middle East, East Asia, and the post-Cold War dynamics in the region. She is the author of two books and several scholarly articles. 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
Women in Politics
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.  He has also written about the travelers' aid movement for the Journal of San Diego History (2015). 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:

Ines Carpentier    

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

Daniel Sharib joined the History and Political Science Department at Molloy College in spring 2012. He has been teaching history at Xaverian High School in Brooklyn since September 2000, where he also serves as the Dean of the Honors and Academy Programs. Mr. Sharib has two Master's degrees in Education. His first Master's degree is from CUNY in Secondary Education with a concentration in History. The second Master's degree is in School Building Leadership from Fordham University.

Courses taught: Vietnam, American Civ. II, and United States History since World War

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: 
History of Race and Nationality