Faculty and Staff Bios
Meritta B. Cullinan, Ph.D.
Meritta B. Cullinan, Ph.D. is a professor of sociology and the co-director of the Community Research Institute (CRI) at Molloy College. She has been a member of the Molloy Faculty since 1971. She graduated from Ohio Dominican College with a bachelors degree in Sociology and English, received her M.A. from the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science of the New School for Social Research in New York City, and her Ph.D. from Fordham University. Her research interests include gender, social learning and occupational segregation. She has presented papers at meetings of the American Sociological Society.
Kathleen Maurer Smith, Ph.D.
Kathleen Maurer Smith, Ph.D. is a professor of sociology. She has been teaching at Molloy College since 1978. She also serves as co-director of the Community Research Institute at Molloy College and is an adjunct associate professor at Hofstra University. She graduated summa cum laude from Molloy College with a bachelors degree in Sociology, received her M.A., from Adelphi University, and her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center of City University of New York. She has presented papers on her research at the meetings of the American Sociological Society and the Society for the Study of Social Problems, and her published work has appeared in the journal, Social Policy and as chapters in scholarly texts. Currently she is writing a book entitled, "What's Right With the Family."
Michael Santaniello is an associate professor of sociology at Molloy College. He has been a college professor since 1985, and a professor at Molloy since 1995. Dr. Mike was the first person in his extended family to attend college, earning a Bachelor's degree in Sociology at S.U.N.Y. Stony Brook, two Master's degrees in sociology at Columbia University, and a Ph.D. in sociology, also at Columbia. Dr. Mike has studied working class college students extensively, publishing his doctoral dissertation, Beating the Odds: College Attenders and Nonattenders from the Working Class, in 1995. Currently, he is completing his book entitled, College Bound: Why Your Child Must Attend College, and How You Could Help. He says that helping students succeed against the odds is his life's work.
John H. Winter, Ph.D.
John H. Winter, Ph.D. has been carrying out archaeological and geological research within the Bahama Islands for the past 30 years. He has been doing research on San Salvador Island since his association with the Gerace Research Center. He serves as the Center's field archaeologist. His major interest is with the prehistoric occupation of these islands, especially the lifestyle of the Lucayan Indians. Besides teaching anthropology courses within the department, Dr. Winter teaches earth and environmental science courses at the college. Dr. Winter received his master's degree from Northern Arizona University and his doctorate from Columbia University.
John A. Eterno, Ph.D.
John A. Eterno, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in the Department of Criminal Justice. Several of his classes are cross-listed with the sociology department and can be taken as a criminal justice class or a sociology class including "Deviant Behavior and Social Control" and "Law and Society." He received his Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from the University at Albany (SUNY). He is also a retired Captain from the New York City Police Department. His research interests include legal aspects of policing, gender and law enforcement, violence and aggression and international perspectives of law enforcement. His book entitled Policing within the Law: A Case Study of the New York City Police Department was published in 2003. His other recent publications are in peer-reviewed journals including Police Practice and Research, Justice Research and Policy and Policing.
Mary Ann Romano, Ph.D.
Mary Ann Romano, Ph.D. has taught at Molloy College since the fall of 1993. She teaches introductory sociology, social problems and juvenile delinquency. Dr. Romano received her Ph.D. in sociology from New York University in 1989, and later that year was awarded a post-doctoral fellowship by the National Development and Research Institutes. Besides presenting several papers over a period of time at various professional meetings, she has authored a book, Beatrice Webb (1858-1943); The Socialist with a Sociological Imagination and edited another, Lost Sociologists Rediscovered.
Jeanne E. Kimpel, Ph.D.
Jeanne E. Kimpel is an alumna of Molloy College who has recently joined the Sociology/Anthropology Department as an adjunct instructor. She received her M.A. from Fordham University in 2004 and is pursuing her doctoral studies. Her areas of interest are: social inequalities, race and ethnic relations, sociology of work and deaf culture. She has co-authored research in the area of postpartum depression.
Professor Anthony Cantiello came to Molloy in 2007 after several years of teaching experience. His love for teaching sociology is apparent since he is currently teaching at three other Long Island colleges: Farmingdale State College, St. Joseph's College and Suffolk Community College. He comes from a working class family and is the only one in his family who has attended college. He earned both his Bachelor's degree in sociology, and his Master's degree in sociology from the City College of New York, while working full-time as a New York City taxi driver. He continued for his doctorate in sociology at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, however, while registered for his last three courses, he was forced to withdraw from the program for personal reasons. For practical reasons, he then became a police officer and remained in that occupation for twenty-three years. He continued to "think sociologically" however and realized his education had asisted him in numerous types of situation. As a result, his main goal became assisting students in understanding the relevance of sociology in their everyday lives. In 2009, he was finally able to complete his doctorate. Cantiello's main areas of interests are Crime and Deviance, Social Problems, Work and Family. While he has taught Introductory Sociology, Criminology, and Sociology of the Family at Molloy, he teaches online courses at St. Joseph's College and has created new upper level courses at Farmingdale State, such as America-Dream and Reality and The Sociology of Environmental Disasters.