Faculty Experts

Christopher Bellitto

Professor of History

Expertise: Papal elections, Catholicism in the US, Greek and Roman history, history of the Vatican Council, history of the papacy

Paul Croft

Professor of Meteorology

Expertise: Climate policy, beach access and safety, climate literacy, mosquitoes and other pests

James Drylie

Executive Director, Cybersecurity Center

Expertise: Emergency preparedness, policing issues, cybersecurity,'suicide by cop', use of deadly force by police

Sue Gronewold

Associate Professor of History

Expertise: Modern Chinese history, Asian women’s issues, US-China trade, welfare and philanthropy, the Silk Road, Bangladesh, Cambodian genocide

Robert Hunt

Professor of Political Science

Expertise: U.S. Constitutional Law, political theory, church-state issues, Constitutional theory, Catholic moral and intellectual history

Elizabeth Hyde

Assistant Professor of History

Expertise: History of France, women’s history, garden history, art history

Dennis Klein

​Professor of History

Expertise: Jewish history and culture, the Fair Trade movement, memory of the Holocaust era, interfaith and group dynamics, genocide, developments of massive state violence and their aftermath

Xurong Kong

Assistant Professor of History

Expertise: Chinese literature, medieval China, History of Chinese civilization, culture, painting, poetry, the Silk Road, modern China

Robin Landa

Distinguished Professor, Design

Expertise: Creativity, social media, creative thinking in the digital age, branding, advertising design, graphic design, promotional design

Fernando Linhares

Lecturer, Criminal Justice

Expertise: Criminal justice, mass incarceration, prison ministry, theology, urban policy, social capital and re-entry

Holly Logue

Chair, Department of Theatre

Expertise: Musical theatre history, arts accreditation, director of more than 60 productions in the region, frequent appearances in local professional companies

Jonathan Mercantini

​Assistant Professor of History

Expertise: Colonial and revolutionary US politics and culture, Kean University history, history of baseball

Patricia Morreale

Professor of Computer Science

Expertise: Computer science/information technology education, internet privacy issues, network design, wireless communication, the design and deployment of multimedia and network systems

C. Brid Nicholson

Assistant Professor of History

Expertise: Women’s history, labor history, Ireland, radical movements and agitators in early 20th Century US, Mormonism

Abigail Perkiss

Assistant Professor, African American History

Expertise: Race and ethnicity in the US, post-World War II cities and urban life, Constitutional Law, Integration, Community building

Anthony Pittman

Dean, College of Education

Expertise: Urban education, achievement gap, equal access to special educational programs, school reform, mentoring 

Feng Qi

Associate Professor and Executive Director, School of Environmental and Sustainability Sciences

Expertise: Environmental Science and Sustainability, Geographic Information Systems, Digital Soil Mapping, Geocomputation, Geo-visualization and their applications in Environmental Modeling and Public Health. 

Brian Regal

Assistant Professor, History of Science

Expertise: Evolution, pseudoscience and politics, creationism, Charles Darwin, evolutionary theory, monsters (real and imagined)

Nazih Richani

Associate Professor, Latin American Studies

Expertise: Latin American Studies, International Relations, Political Science

Daniela Shebitz

Assistant Professor of Ecology

Expertise: Ecology, fire ecology, conservation, the spread and impact of invasive plants in Union County parks

Frank Wetta

Senior Lecturer in History

Expertise: US military history; War in popular culture and memory as reflected in movies, literature and symbols; Confederate flag history, display and controversies

Mia Zamora

Associate Professor of English

Expertise: Digital humanities, literacy, influence of digital media on reading habits, world literature, comparative literature, Postcolonial Studies, Transnational American Studies, Asian Diaspora.

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