Faculty and Staff

Kristen R. Blake, is Professor of History and Political Science. She served as Chair from 2012-2021. She 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 scholarly articles. She received the Faculty Teaching Award in 2007 and the 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
  • Terrorism

Contact: kblake@molloy.edu

Associate Professors:

Paul D. van Wie received his Ph.D. in History from the City University Graduate Center in New York. He was an adjunct faculty in the Political Science department at Hofstra University and also served as an adjunct faculty at Molloy from 1994-2013. He was appointed as an Associate Professor in 2013 at Molloy. Dr. van Wie is the author of publications 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 Civilization I & II
  • Western Civilization I & II
  • American National Government
  • American State and Local Government
  • Political Theory
  • Modern Germany
  • Medieval Europe 


Eric Cimino is Chair and Associate Professor of History and Political Science, 2021-present. He 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) and New York History (2016). 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
  • Research Methods for Historians and Political Scientists 
  • History of South Asia
  • History of Modern China 

Contact: ecimino@molloy.edu

Assistant Professor:

Sheryl Gordon, Ph.D., received her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Courses Taught:
Western Civilization I and II
Research Methods

Contact: sgordon@molloy.edu

Administrative Assistant:
Ines Carpentier   

Contact: icarpentier@molloy.edu

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, Briarcliff 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
  • Western Civilization I and II
  • American National Government

Contact: mandrews@molloy.edu

Sheryl Gordon, Ph.D., received her M.A. and Ph.D. in History from the Graduate Center, CUNY.

Courses Taught:

  • Western Civilization I and II
  • Research Methods

Contact: sgordon@molloy.edu

Gregory May, M.A. received his M.A. in Political Science from LIU Post.

Courses Taught:

  • American constitutional Law
  • Presidency and the Congress

Contact: gmay@molloy.edu  

Scott Salvato, M.A., received his M.A. in History from St. John's University

Courses Taught:

  • American Civilization I and II

Contact: ssalvato@molloy.edu

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:

  • Fundamentals of Government
  • Western Civilization I and II
  • American Civilization I and II
  • Vietnam 

Contact: ksullivan@molloy.edu


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