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Faculty & Staff

Kathleen P. Deignan

Director, Iona Spirituality Institute

Professor of Religious Studies

Office: Spellman Hall, Second Floor
Phone: (914) 633-2590
Email: kdeignan@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Historical Theology, Fordham University, 1986
MA, Christian Spirituality, Fordham University, 1980
BA, English, Sacred Heart University, 1971
Program in Spiritual Direction, Fordham University, 1990

Sr. Kathleen Deignan’s Deignan's current interests are in the areas of classical and contemporary spirituality with a focus on creation theology and spirituality. Her work is devoted to transmitting the spiritual and intellectual legacies of Thomas Merton and her mentor Thomas Berry in a variety of academic, artistic and pastoral formats. A GreenFaith Fellow, Dr. Deignan completed a two-year post-doctoral training for religious environmental leadership. She is a member of the American Academy of Religion, the Catholic Theological Society of America, the International Thomas Merton Society and the Society for the Study of Christian Spirituality.
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Yourha Kang, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office: Cornelia Hall
Phone: (914) 633-2260
Email: ykang@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Cornell University, 2000
AB, Smith College

Dr. Yourha Kang teaches courses in general biology, cell biology and biochemistry. Her research interest is in the field of Plant Biology. She is currently working on two projects. She is first investigating the population genetics of the butterfly weed plant, Asclepias tuberosa. Dr. Kang has also begun an investigation on the molecular mechanisms behind the ability of the reed plant, Phragmites australis to tolerate high-metal soils.


Tricia Mulligan, Ph.D.

Associate Provost for Strategic Academic Initiatives

Associate Professor, Political Science & International Studies

Office: 45 Beechmont Drive
Phone: (914) 633-2429
Email: tmulligan@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Political Science, George Washington University
MA, Political Science, University of Wisconsin
BA, Political Science and Spanish, College of the Holy Cross

Dr. Tricia Mulligan teaches courses in international relations; comparative democratization; U.S. foreign policy; politics of development; international law and organizations; human rights; and environmental politics. Her current research focuses upon comparative democratization in post conflict countries with an emphasis upon the development of stable and responsive political institutions. She received the 2011 Presidential Teaching Award to develop and implement programs and initiatives to internationalize the curriculum. Most recently, she worked with Iona students in a partnership with the Cairo-based Soliya Connect program, to provide a distance learning opportunity in real time for American and Middle Eastern university students.


Elena G. Procario-Foley, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Religious Studies

Director, Core Curriculum

Brother John G. Driscoll Professor of Jewish-Catholic Studies

Office: Spellman Hall, Second Floor
Phone: (914) 637-2744
Email: eprocariofoley@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Systematic Theology, University of Chicago, 1995
MA, Divinity, University of Chicago, 1985
BA, Theology and Philosophy, Fordham University, 1985

Dr. Elena Procario-Foley teaches Iona's core courses in Religious Studies. She has also developed the study abroad course to Auschwitz: Memory and Reconciliation: The Churches and the Holocaust. Dr. Procario-Foley's early research focused on the christology of Flemish Dominican theologian Edward Schillebeeckx. She is interested in the various branches of systematic theology, their conversations with both pastoral practice and Christian feminism, and Catholic theology after Vatican II. Procario-Foley currently focuses work in the field of Jewish-Catholic relations.
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Faculty Emeriti

Brian E. Brown

Student Success

The environmental studies program at Iona is very unique. It allows me to take a wide range of classes that have given me a perspective on how they are all interconnected with environmental issues.

Christine Samwaroo

History major