Faculty - Interdisciplinary Studies

        

Daniel KotzinDaniel Kotzin, Ph.D.

Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies & Associate Professor, Social Sciences
Dr. Daniel Kotzin (daniel.p.kotzin@medaille.edu) has been passionate about history since he attended the University of California at Irvine, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in history. As he continued his graduate studies in history at New York University in pursuit of a Ph.D., Dr. Kotzin became increasingly interested in American ethnic history and examining American history from a global perspective, particularly the ways in which Americans have tried to influence other nations.

After receiving his Ph.D. from New York University, he taught history at Beth Tfiloh Dahan High School in Maryland and then Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, where he emerged as a leader among the faculty in promoting active learning in the classroom. He has also been nationally recognized for his success as a teacher in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Dr. Kotzin’s biography, Judah L. Magnes: An American Jewish Maverick, is due to be published by Syracuse University Press in 2010. This study of Judah Magnes, an American Jew who served as the first Chancellor of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and later emerged during the 1930s and 1940s as the leading advocate for peace between Jews and Arabs, examines the difficulty of transplanting American ideas and values to the Middle East.

Dr. Kotzin is now an assistant professor at Medaille College in the Social Science Department and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department. Currently he is writing articles on history pedagogy and beginning research on the history of the Jewish community in Buffalo, looking specifically at the papers of Rabbi Isaac Klein which are housed in the archives at the University of Buffalo.

Matthew BowkerMatthew H. Bowker, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Dr. Matt Bowker (mhb34@medaille.edu) joined the Medaille faculty in 2006 and teaches interdisciplinary courses in Political Science (Intro. to Political Science, Justice and Democracy in America, Aliveness and Deadness in Political Thought, Capstone Seminar I – Special Topics), Philosophy (Ethics, Intro. to Critical Thinking), Intercultural Communication, Undergraduate Research (Capstone Seminar II), and Analytical Writing at the College.

He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science (Political Theory) from the University of Maryland.

Dr. Bowker’s research combines political theory with psychoanalytic and literary approaches. His most recent book is Rethinking Absurdity: Albert Camus, Postmodernity, and the Survival of Innocence (Routledge, in press). He is also the author of Albert Camus and the Political Philosophy of the Absurd: Ambivalence, Resistance, and Creativity (Lexington Books, 2013) and Ostranenie: On Shame and Knowing (Punctum Books, 2012). He has published numerous chapters and articles in scholarly journals such as Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, The Journal of Psycho-Social Studies, and Thought & Action.

Dr. Bowker has been deeply invested in the development of Medaille’s General Education curriculum, its first- and second-year learning communities, the assessment and improvement students’ critical thinking skills across the curriculum, and the direction of several community-based learning projects in Buffalo. In 2010, he was a Faculty Fellow at the Western New York Service-Learning Coalition and has led workshops on reflective practices in service-learning and community-learning partnerships. In two recently published articles, he outlined strategies for enhancing criticality in community-based learning and for generating a question-rich environment in the classroom.

Before coming to Medaille, Dr. Bowker was Associate Director of the University of Maryland’s College Park Scholars International Studies Program, a two-year residential learning community program focused on experiential learning. In 2012 and 2008, he served as Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science and Philosophy at the Singapore Institute of Management, and has studied and worked for extended periods of time in Paris, France and Porto-Novo, Benin. For more information, see: http://medaille.academia.edu/MatthewBowker/About.

 K. Patrick Fazioli, PhD
K. Patrick Fazioli, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
K. Patrick Fazioli, Ph.D. (kpf27@medaille.edu) has taught at Medaille since 2008, joining the full-time faculty in fall 2011. He teaches courses in anthropology, history and across the general education curriculum. He holds a B.A. in history from Providence College (RI) and an M.A. and Ph.D. in anthropology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

Dr. Fazioli's research focuses on the archaeology and historical anthropology of Central Europe during the Late Roman Empire and Early Middle Ages. He has conducted fieldwork in Austria, Slovenia, Northern Ireland and Denmark, as well as across New York State. He has published on a wide range of topics, including landscape archaeology, ceramic microscopic analysis and the socio-political context of early 20th century German archaeology. Further information about his research can be found on his page at academia.edu.

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