Business & Social Science Institute
Faculty member since: 2012
World Civilization I and II
American Civilization II
Immigration and Ethnicity in U.S. History
Bachelor of Arts, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown
M.A., Youngstown State University
Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Office: Main Academic North (MAN)
What brought you to Brookdale?
I was looking to relocate closer to family and was fortunate to receive this position at Brookdale.
Describe one or more of your biggest achievements as a Brookdale faculty member:
My main achievements involve the work I have done to support the undocumented student population at Brookdale. I am one of the founding members of UndocuAlly. I am also the faculty advisor of the Dreamers+ student club. To advocate for immigrant students, I collaborate with the International Education Center and the Global Citizenship Project. This year I will be awarded with the “Outstanding Contribution by a Faculty Member” Award at the GCP ceremony.
Do you work outside of the college?
I work to maintain an active research agenda. My most recent publication is an article titled, “‘Nothing Can Keep Me in This Country Any Longer:’ Fleeing Italian Fascism amid Repression, Surveillance, and Restriction.” It appeared in Global Humanities – Studies in Histories, Cultures, and Societies in 2016. I also work with the community to offer support to immigrants living in Monmouth County. I collaborate with Red Bank Regional High School to help immigrant students transition from high school to college. I also collaborate with the Monmouth County Council for Young Children which offers services to the immigrant population.
What would you say is your most memorable moment – or moments – as a member of the Brookdale community?
We, as faculty, have the honor of really getting to know Brookdale students. And that is the most memorable part for me. Every semester I get know some students pretty well; often I’m lucky enough to have them choose me as their instructor for two or even three of their courses here at Brookdale. I’m always amazed by what our students overcome. The best part is being able to help them move forward on their path to success by offering advice and writing letters of reference. There is nothing more gratifying than witnessing students succeed and knowing that I helped them in that endeavor.
What do you think separates Brookdale from other colleges?
Every semester I ask my students, “Why did you decide to come to Brookdale?” And, every year I have students from outside of the county who could go to another community college, but choose Brookdale instead. They are drawn here because our faculty, programs, and services are excellent. Brookdale, for example, offers several programs and opportunities through the International Education Center and Student Life & Activities that allow students to engage in experiential learning.
Would you recommend that students take a class in your department?
Yes, I would recommend that students take a class in the History Department. Where else can you escape to another world in another time? It’s like taking a global journey without leaving Monmouth County.