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George Bournoutian, Ph.D.

George Bournoutian

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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Joseph A. Cussen, CFC

Joseph A. Cussen

Assistant Professor
Office: 6 President Street
Phone: (914) 633-2425
Email: jcussen@iona.edu
Degrees: MA, Theology, St. John's University, 1961
BA, Spanish, Iona College, 1957

Br. Joseph A. Cussen has been a teacher at Iona College for almost 50 years. Born in Bombay, India, Br. Cussen has also lived in Kentucky; Barranquilla, Colombia; and Santiago, Chile. He joined the Christian Brothers in 1954 and has taught all ages of students at the primary, secondary, and collegiate levels. His research interests include Peninsular literature, Latin American literature, Latin American culture and Spanish culture.


Mary Hagerty, Ph.D.

Mary Hagerty

Assistant Professor Political Science & International Studies
Office: 45 Beechmont
Phone: (914) 633-2696
Email: MHagerty@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., SUNY Albany
MA, SUNY Albany
BS, Cornell University

Dr. Mary Hagerty teaches introductory courses in American government and upper-level courses in state and local politics, public administration and public policy. Her research interests include public sector labor relations, third party politics in New York State, conflict resolution/non-violent resistance movements, and the roles of gender, race, and ethnicity in American politics.


Michael J. Hughes, Ph.D.

Michael J. Hughes

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 recent book, Forging Napoleon’s Grande Armée:  Motivation, Military Culture, and Masculinity in the French Army, 1800-1808, which was published by New York University Press, best illustrates his approach to these subjects. 
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Nicoleta Iliescu

Nicoleta Iliescu

Assistant Professor of Economics
Office: Spellman Hall, Room 201D
Phone: (914) 633-2291
Email: niliescu@iona.edu 
Degrees: Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2011

MA, AL.I. Cuza University, Iasi, Romania
BA, AL.I. Cuza University, Iasi, Romania


Dr. Nicoleta Iliescu teaches courses in international economics, the history of economic ideas, environmental economics, basic microeconomics and basic macroeconomics. Her research interests are in the areas of international trade, political economy, and applied microeconomics.


Robert H. Jantzen

Robert H. Jantzen

Professor of Economics
Office: Spellman Hall, Room 201A
Phone: (914) 637-2731
Email: rjantzen@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Northeastern University
MA, Northeastern University
BS, Northeastern University

Dr. Robert Jantzen teaches courses in statistics for economists, current economic issues, basic microeconomics, econometrics and more. His research interests include healthcare, education policy, and e-commerce.
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Joshua K. Leon, Ph.D.

Joshua K. Leon

Pre-Law Coordinator
Office: 45 Beechmont Drive
Phone: (914) 633-2619
Email: jleon@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Temple University, 2010

Dr. Joshua Leon teaches introductory courses in American government and global politics, as well as courses in political science research methods, the public policy process, politics of global health, politics of global development, global cities and the environment, and contemporary global politics. His research and writing is on global governance, development, poverty, global health and urbanization.
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Tricia Mulligan, Ph.D.

Tricia Mulligan

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.


Thomas E. Mussio, Ph.D.

Thomas E. Mussio

Professor of Italian
Office: 6 President Street
Phone: (914) 637-2738
Email: tmussio@iona.edu
Degrees: Ph.D., Comparative Literature, University of Michigan, 1993
MA, Comparative Literature, Indiana University, 1991
BA, English Literature, Yale University, 1983

Dr. Thomas E. Mussio teaches all levels of Italian as well as Humanities courses in the Honors Program. He is currently the faculty adviser of Iona's Italian Society. Dr. Mussio is active in developing and leading cultural experiences for Iona students, both in Italy and in the New York area. His research focuses on late medieval and early modern literature, with particular interest in the Italian lyric poetry of these periods, and he has published numerous articles on Dante, Petrarch, Michelangelo and Marino.


Catherine Stratton

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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Alumni Achievements

Students who graduate from Iona with an International Studies major (or dual major with Political Science) are among Iona’s most accomplished alumni. Two recent success stories from the class of 2010 include:

  • Susom Ghosh, International Studies & Economics Major, 2010. Currently working at the Royal Bank of Canada Capital Markets.
  • Mayara Vilas Boas, International Studies & Economics Major, 2010. Currently the Assistant Managing editor for Bloomberg View.

Why choose Iona for International Studies?

In addition to exciting study abroad opportunities and our thriving internship program, you will have a chance to participate in Model United Nations and other leadership programs as well as independent research and writing projects.