IONA

Research & Publications

 STUDENT ACHIEVEMENTS
 
  • 12 Undergraduate Research Day presentations
  • Alexandra Vinci, Study Abroad, Geneva, Switzerland,Spring 2013
  • Amanda Kelly, defended senior Honors Thesis with distinction, “Consociational Democracy and Democratization in Deeply Divided Societies: The Case of Nigeria” (directed by Dr. Tricia Mulligan)
  • Christine Samwaroo, awarded EcoPracticum summer position, Environmental Studies minor
  • Andrew Jordan, selected as Soliya Connect program international facilitator for 2013
  • Caitlyn O’Toole, selected at Soliya Connect program international facilitator for 2013
  • Joelle Cheatem, Democracy Fellows Program in Colorado, Summer 2013—intensive training in political advocacy and grass-roots mobilization
  • Chrisanne Karcich, internship, Fall 2012, Old Croton Aqueduct, policy analysis
  • Caitlyn O’Toole, internship, Spring 2013, Lipper Internship, New York Holocaust  Museum
  • Rachel Paquin, internship, Spring 2013, BBC America
  • Sabrina Reph, internship, Spring 2013, law office
  • Daniel Guerny, internship, Fall 2012,  Thomas Paine archives
  • Caroline Ziccardi, internship,Fall 2012 United Nations NGO, Order of the Sacred Heart
  • Ryan Bacci, internship, Summer 2013 Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY)
  • Bridget McBrien, internship, Democratic National Committee, August 2012
  • Timothy Cahill, internship, Edmund Rice International (NGO to United Nations), Geneva, Switzerland, Summer 2012
  • Model United Nations Team, competition, Harvard National Model UN Conference, February 13-17, 2013.
Mock Trial Team:
  • Nationals Summary:
Team competed in Federal Court in downtown Philadelphia to compete in a 24 team field comprised of teams from Columbia, Harvard, Princeton, UPenn and Brown, amongst others.  The top 6 teams in the field would receive bids to the National Championship final rounds.   After four rounds against Swarthmore, the University of Vermont, Drexel University and Wellesley, the team finished with a record of 5-3 and tied for 6th place.  The tiebreaker, which is based upon mathematical formulas beyond the respective teams’ control, was won by Harvard, thereby ending the team's season. 
  • Individual Achievements:
Anastasia Nitis ('14), the team's junior co-captain, was honored as one of the top ranked attorney attorneys at the competition.  This was her 4th time receiving the honor in 2013 and her 8th time in the past two years.    Collectively with Kimberleigh Costanzo ('14) and Joshua Myree ('15), the team combined this year for 12 individual awards - its most ever in a year.  Five different students on the team received individual honors at some point during the year, also a new single-year record for the program.
  • Team Achievements:
The tie-for-6th place this weekend finish was the team's 6th top-10 finish of the year.   The team previously finished in the top 10 at tournaments at Columbia University (3rd place), Yale University (6th Place), Fordham University (2nd Place), Georgetown University (8th Place) and at their Regional tournament - which they won.
The team finished the year with a record of 35-15-2, easily it’s best-ever single-season record.   Additionally, the performance this past weekend was the team's best-ever at a national tournament.   As a result, the team's national ranking is expected to rise significantly and is expected to break the top 75 teams in the country out of 652, putting Iona's team among the top 15% of teams in the country.
This year's team faced opponents from the following schools:  NYU, Yale (x2), University of Arizona, University of Maryland, University of Georgia, Penn State University, University of Pittsburgh, Swarthmore University (x2), Fordham University, University of Richmond, Wellesley College (x2), Drexel University, St. John's University, University of Vermont, Cornell College, College of Holy Cross, The Kings College and Southern Methodist University.
 
 FACULTY ACHIEVEMENTS
 
Dr. Mary Hagerty
  • Conference paper presented at New York State Political Science Association Conference at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, April 19, 2013, “How They Win: Case Studies of New York State Assembly Women’s First Electoral Victory”
  • Paper presented at International Diversity Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, June 13, 2012, “When Women Run: Conditions Encouraging Women Candidates” 
  • Dr. Robert Lacey (on sabbatical 2012-13)
  • Working on second book project tentatively titled "Pragmatic Conservatism: The Burkean Vision in Modern American Political Thought." In negotiation with various university presses for publication.
  • Conference presentation, "Edmund Burke, Pragmatic Conservative." Presented at the Western Political Science Association meeting. Hollywood, CA, March 2013.
  • Conference presentation, “The Forgotten Conservative: The Political Thought of Peter Viereck.” Presented at the Northeastern Political Science Association conference. Boston, MA, November 2012.
Dr. Joshua Leon
  • Book project, The Rise of Global Health, is currently under review with SUNY press
  • Presented an article called “The Regime Complex for Global Health” at the Western Political Science Association conference in Los Angeles in March, 2013.
  • Recent feature article for Dissent magazine called “Make Way for High Rises: Who Benefits from Slum Demolitions in Mumbai?” As coordinator of the Pre-Law minor program, organized on campus events including:
 “Election 2012: Challenges to Participation,” featured Wendy Weiser of NYU’s Brennan Center for Justice, speaking on restrictive voting laws.
Civil Liberties in Urban America: Race and Policing in New York City and Westchester,” featured Daniel Berger, head of the New York Civil Liberties Union
  • Invited presentation, “Faithful Citizenship: Get Informed. Go Public Series” panel on US health care reform. Talk published in national magazine.
  • LIRIC presentation, “The Revolution in World Health Care
  • Members of Honors Council
  • Freshman Advisor
 
Dr. Tricia Mulligan (Chair of Political Science, Director of International Studies)
  • Elected Faculty Speaker of the Year, to address Honors Convocation May 2013
  • Recipient of Hugh. J. McCabe Award for Social Justice, to be presented at Commencement May 2013
  • Conference presentation, “Post Conflict Democracy and Democratic Institutions: The Case of Liberia, 2003-2012. Presented at the Northeastern Political Science Association conference. Boston, MA, November 2012.
  • Interviewed by New Rochelle League of Women Voters for local cable access television show,  “City People and Issues”. Remarks on Faithful Citizenship series.  Broadcast October 2012.
  • Interviewed by National Catholic Reporter, Environmental Studies program. http://ncronline.org/blogs/eco-catholic/iona-college-program-further-thomas-berrys-great-work
  • Co-convener of Working Group on Environmental Sustainability for Lower Hudson Valley Consortium, February 2013.
  • Organizer of “Faithful Citizenship: Get Informed, Go Public. 2012 Election series
  • Organizer of “We the People: Road to 2012” engaged citizenship initiative.
  • Presentation as recipient of 2011-12 Presidential Teaching Scholar, “Internationalizing the Curriculum”, October 5, 2012
  • Campus liaison and professor for Soliya Connect program, facilitating dialogue between West and Muslim world, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013.
  • Organizer and participant, 2012 presidential debate watch series, October 22, 2012 with Westchester County and New Rochelle elected officials and activists. Murphy Auditorium.
  • Organizer of Thomas Paine Studies International conference, Iona College, October 19-21, 2012.
  • External Reviewer for Albright College, Department of Political Science, April 8-10, 2013.
  • Faculty participant in Iona College branding campaign with Mar-Comm. Interview and filming with FUSE academia, February 22, 2013.
  • Creator of Haiti Service Learning Study Abroad program (with student Ryan Bacci). To go live spring 2014.
  • Organizer of presentation by Dr. Rule el-Huseini, elite politics in Lebanon, February 20, 2013.
  • Organizer of national screening of “The Island President” for Earth  Month, April 17, 2013.
  • Organizer of presentation by Munyaradzi Chenje, UN Environmental Program talk on Rio+20, April 22, 2013.
  • Moderator, Pi Sigma Alpha, national Political Science honor society
  • Moderator, Sigma Iota rho, national International Studies honor society
  • Faculty Senate
  • Model United Nations Team moderator.
  • Member of Strategic Planning, Program Review implementation team
  • Study Abroad Committee member
  • Member of Catholic Intellectual Tradition faculty steering committee
 TEACHING
 
Fall 2012—four classes and three preparations
- Introduction to American Government (POL 201)—two sections
- State and Local Government
- Campaigns and Elections
 
Spring 2013—four classes and three preparations
- Introduction to American Government (POL 201)—two sections
- Gender and Politics
- Bureaucracy and Implementation of Public Policy
 
Development of Two New Courses
- The Politics of Non-Violence
- Gender and Politics 
 
 
 
 
 SCHOLARSHIP AND PRESENTATION
 
  • Paper presented at New York State Political Science Association Conference at Syracuse University, Syracuse, New York, April 19, 2013, “How They Win: Case Studies of New York State Assembly Women’s First Electoral Victory” (forthcoming)
 
  • Service in state legislatures is often a gateway to candidacy for higher national office, where women in particular are underrepresented relative to their numbers in the overall electorate. My research explores, via interviews and a survey questionnaire, a woman's process in deciding to be a candidate in a New York State legislative election. Current research suggests that women, in common with many underrepresented groups, need to be encouraged to run for office, that there is a "gender gap in political ambition", and that the reason there are not more women in elective office is that not enough women have been candidates. In New York State, the state legislative party campaign committees are major influences, but their resources are spent strategically on protecting incumbents facing strong challenges and in party competitive legislative districts. Given that most state legislative districts are not party competitive, my research is exploratory in seeking to identify major political influences, motivations, power brokers, and environmental conditions encouraging women's candidacies in legislative districts.
 
 
Mary Hagerty, Political Science
 
  • Faculty Panel Member, “Election Education: Make Your Voice Matter,” Student Club, Democracy Matters, October 18th, 2012
 
  • Paper presented at International Diversity Conference, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada, June 13, 2012, “When Women Run: Conditions Encouraging Women Candidates” 
 
  • Faculty Discussion Leader with actors and audience, post-performance discussion of Antigone, Iona Center for Performing Arts, Romita Auditorium,  April 19, 2012
 
  • Moderator/Organizer of Student Discussion Panel at Iona College, Black History Month, “Post Obama: Where Are We Now?”; the role of race in American elections from expansion of the right to vote as a result of Civil Rights movement to more current issues of electing public officials,  February 27, 2012
 
  • Speaker at Iona College Student Leadership Conference, “Encouraging Under-Represented Groups—Youth, Women, and Minorities—to Run for Office,” February 25, 2012
 
  • Mentor
Faculty-student research project on the election of the youngest members to the New York State Assembly, Fall 2012 and Spring 2013
 
Directed and assisted student in applying for a full-time summer internship with Democracy Fellows Program in Colorado, Summer 2013—intensive training in political advocacy and grass-roots mobilization
 
  • Advisor
Regularly advise political science majors and minors