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Faculty & Staff

George Bournoutian, Ph.D.

Professor of History
Office: 10 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2014
Email: gbournoutian@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles, 1976
MA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1971
BA, University of California, Los Angeles, 1970

Dr. George Bournoutian teaches courses in history. His research interests include Armenia, Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan and Georgia.
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James T. Carroll

Professor of American History
Office: 10 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2694
Email: jcarroll@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., University of Notre Dame, 1997
M.Ed., Providence College
MA, University of Notre Dame
BA, Iona College

Dr. James Carroll teaches courses in American history. His teaching interests include American Indian, American West, American history (18th-19th centuries) and the history of the Gilded Age and Progressive Era. Dr. Carroll’s research interests include Native American history, education and pedagogy, and transnational studies.
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Michael J. Hughes, Ph.D.

Chair, Associate Professor of Modern European History
Office: 10 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2586
Email: mjhughes@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., University of Illinois
MA, Temple University
BA, Trenton State College (The College of New Jersey)

Dr. Michael J. Hughes teaches course offerings on the history of Europe from 1648 to the present. He specializes in military history and the history of Napoleonic and Revolutionary France, and he is particularly interested in military motivation and the relationship between war, culture, and gender. Dr. Hughes is also a faculty member in the Honors program, where he teaches HON 202, Honors Humanities Seminar IV. His book, Forging Napoleon’s Grande Armée:  Motivation, Military Culture, and Masculinity in the French Army, 1800-1808 (New York University Press, 2012) best illustrates his approach to these subjects. 
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Yasuhiro Makimura, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of East Asian History
Office: 10 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2519
Fax: (914) 633-2153
Email: ymakimura@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Columbia University, 2002
M.Litt., Cambridge University
BA, Harvard University

Dr. Makimura teaches courses in East Asian history. His teaching interests include Japan, China, economic history, urban history and intellectual history. Additionally, his research areas are in the economic history of urban regions, and diplomatic history in the 19th century.
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Joseph G. Morgan, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office: 10 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2698
Email: jmorgan@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Georgetown University, 1993
MA, Manhattan College, 1981
BA, Iona College, 1975

Br. Joseph Morgan teaches both undergraduate and graduate courses in world and American history at Iona. His teaching and research fields include United States history, especially in American foreign relations. He has written about the Vietnam War in The Vietnam Lobby: The American Friends of Vietnam, 1955-1975 (1997) and in his most recent article "A Meeting in Tokyo: Komatsu Kiyoshi, Wesley Fishel, and America's Intervention in Vietnam," in the Journal of American-East Asian Relations (2013).


Nora Slonimsky, Ph.D.

Gardiner Assistant Professor of History
Office: Ryan Library
Phone: (914) 633-2651
Email: nslonimsky@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., History, Graduate Center, City University of New York
MA, American Studies, Graduate Center, City University of New York
BA, English Literature and History, Binghamton University

Dr. Nora Slonimsky teaches courses on the history of early America, digital humanities, and the development of media, politics, and intellectual property. As the director of the Institute for Thomas Paine Studies, she oversees the Thomas Paine Studies minor and instructs a centerpiece course in the Hynes Institute Innovation ICT. Her research interests include political economy, legal history, communication, and book history in the eighteenth century anglophone world. Dr. Slonimsky serves as the social media editor for the Journal of the Early Republic and has published in Early American Studies and on the websites The Junto and Teaching US History. Her first book, The Engine of Free Expression: Copyrighting Nation in Early America, is under contract with University of Pennsylvania Press. The Engine of Free Expression won the SHEAR dissertation prize and was a finalist for the Zuckerman Prize in American Studies.


Catherine Stratton

Professor of African History
Office: 10 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2432
Email: cstratton@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., St. John's University, 1974
MA, New York University
MA, Rutgers University
MA, St. John's University
BA, Iona College

Dr. Catherine Stratton teaches courses in African history. Her additional teaching interests include historical geography and environmental history. Dr. Stratton’s research interests include Sub-Saharan Africa with a special focus on Pre-Colonial East Africa, as well as historical geography and environmental history.
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Daniel E. Thiery, Ph.D.

On Sabbatical for the Academic Year 2018-19

Professor of Medieval History
Office: 10 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2434
Email: dthiery@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 2003
MA, Medieval Studies, University of Toronto, 1997
BA, History, Providence College, 1996

Dr. Daniel E. Thiery teaches courses in Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation History as well as the special-topics courses in Medieval England, and the History of Violence in Western Civilization. He has also taught in the Honors Program Humanities Sequence since fall 2003 (HUM 102 and HUM 201). His current research and writing interests are in late medieval and early modern English culture, especially the enactment, control, valorization and/or denigration of violence.
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Alumni Spotlight

James and Anne Marie HynesJames P. Hynes ’69, '01H, an accomplished entrepreneur and business leader, earned his bachelor’s degree in history from Iona College. Hynes found success in the telecommunications industry for 40 years, having been a founder and leader of many major telecom companies, including Inteliquent, COLT, PLC in Europe, MetroRED Telecom in Mexico and South America, and KVH Telecom in Tokyo. He is chairman of the Iona College Board of Trustees, and in March 2017, he and his wife, Anne Marie, made the largest gift to the academy in the College’s history to found the Hynes Institute for Entrepreneurship & Innovation.

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History major