Timothy W. Kneeland
Teaches: courses on Politics, History, Science, and Natural Disasters
Dr. Kneeland is currently working on a book that developed from his research on Hurricane Agnes , June 1972. The Hurricane became a tropical storm that caused devastating flooding from Richmond, Virginia to the southern tier of New York.
Dr. Kneeland describes the book:
"The book narrates various responses to the flooding from the perspective of President Nixon, advocates for natural disaster reform, and the flood victims who wanted to return their lives to normal. President Nixon saw an opportunity to play politics with disaster aid to enhance his re-election bid, while others, who envisioned a central disaster agency and catastrophic insurance for all Americans, saw an opportunity to reform natural disaster policy. Meanwhile, flood victims struggled to rebuild their lives and return their cities to normal. The interplay of politics and policy, ambition and reform, restoration and revitalization form the core of the study."
Thomas J. Lappas
Like many Nazareth faculty, my academic interests are wide-ranging. My university training was largely in Native American and Colonial American history, where I became intrigued with the complex relationships among the French, English, Dutch, and various Native American communities in the North America, particularly what is now New England and New York in the United States as well as Atlantic Canada and the provinces of Quebec and Ontario. My primary approach is that of “Ethnohistory,” an interdisciplinary method that combines the fields of history, cultural anthropology, archaeology, linguistics, literature, religious studies, and several other academic disciplines.
My most recent research projects have dealt with Native American temperance societies especially among the Haudenosaunee (Six Nations Iroquois), and relatedly, the Woman’s Christian Temperance Union’s (WCTU) policies toward Native Americans from the 1880s through the 1920s. On the one hand, I am interested in the ways Native Americans navigated the challenges that alcohol and alcohol abuse brought to their communities. As they formed organizations and developed practices that sought to curtail social problems, they combined many traditional practices with ideas and cultural elements of the surrounding Euro-American society. The persistence of traditional values and practices amidst change is a phenomenon that is fascinating to me and speaks to the general persistence and perseverance of modern Native American people today.
On the other hand, I am interested in the way that the WCTU, primarily made up of middle-class white women, sought out Native Americans as allies in the fight against alcohol and yet also wrote ethnocentric and, at times, atrocious things about Native Americans and their cultures. The racism and destructive force of otherwise well-meaning progressive Americans is another trend that I find inherently interesting but also compelling for understanding the nature of social and political activism during the Progressive Era.
Teaches: courses on the Ancient and Medieval World, and film and World War II.
Dr. Thidodeau recently completed work on Book 4, of William Durand’s of Mende's Rationale the most important liturgical work on Western Christendom. Durand's detailed commentary on the Mass, has never been translated into English. The present volume makes this important text available for modern students of liturgy, musicology, theology, and art history for whom the original Latin text is not accessible. The present translation also provides extensive annotation and explanation of Durand’s sometimes cryptic etymologies, while bringing to light important source material embedded within his commentary.
Dr. Thibodeau has also co-edited, with Anselme Davril, O.S.B., the Latin edition of the Rationale that was published by Corpus Christianorum, Continuatio Mediaevalis and previously translated into English the Prologue and Books 1-3 of the Rationale
Teaches: courses on Asian History, China, and the Vietnam War
Dr, Fisher is at work on the history and development of Christianity in the People's Republic.
Teaches: courses in International Studies, comparative politics, the Middle East
Dr. Murphy is currently studying Islamic political thought with a strong interest in those who espouse ijtihad (independent reasoning), such as Ibn Taymiyyah and Sayyid Qutb. Qutb, executed by the Nasser regime, is the principal theorist of the contemporary Islamic revival, sometimes referred to as Islamic extremism. I am continuing this work in my current research on the development of Al Qaeda in Iraq and the Arabian peninsula.
Dr. Murphy, who spent her 2005 sabbatical in Rwanda, is also working on the history of the formation of the national community and the creation of ethnic identities in that country.
Teaches: courses in Atlantic World, Latin America, Medicine in Latin America, and Latinos in the U.S.A.
Dr. Cordova is currently working with local public schools to strengthen their curriculum related to Latinos and Latin America. Secondly, she is working with Nazareth College students to build an oral history archive on Rochester Latinos that will develop and further the study of the history of Latinos in the Rochester area.
Olena M. Prokopovych
Teaches: courses on American government and constitutional history, healthcare politics, social welfare policy, and political philosophy.
Dr. Prokopovych is currently working on a book proposal stemming from her doctoral research on the history and politics of one of the oldest and most influential academic medical centers in the nation. Even after the recent reform, American health care system remains the most heavily dominated by private institutions among advanced capitalist democracies. This research project aims to contribute to our growing understanding of the role of private institutions in shaping health care politics and policy in the United States..