If you are covering a story that involves the university, or if you are just seeking to talk with a member of our faculty, administration, or if you would like to receive Colgate press releases, please contact Social Media and Media Relations Strategist Kristin Putman at kputman@colgate.edu, or by phone at 315-228-6637. 

Faculty Expertise

Learn more about the variety of academic experts available to comment on current events and to share their knowledge and research with the outside world. Our office is happy to help connect members of the press with our distinguished faculty. In addition to the hundreds of faculty members that can be found by searching the Colgate directory, we have compiled a list of some frequently-quoted faculty members, grouped by their area of expertise. 

To reach any of these professors or administrators, please contact Krsitin Putnam at kputman@colgate.edu, or by phone at 315-228-6637. 


  • Michael Danti: Art theft and destruction of cultural artifacts. 
  • DeWitt Godfrey: Sculpture and installation, contemporary art, art practice pedagogy, science and art, relational aesthetics, public art. 
  • Carolyn Guile: Art theft and destruction of cultural artifacts. 


  • Endga Hagos: Cancer
  • Krista Ingram: Are you a morning person or a night owl, and what implications does that have for decision making?

Computer Science

  • Michael Hay: Data security, cybercrime, hacking
  • Joel Sommers: Network security. Sometimes teaches a course called “the underside of the internet” 


  • Nicole Simpson: Tax policy, Earned income tax credit, immigration, and international education. 
  • Chad Sparber: H1B Visas, highly skilled labor in tech. He has testified in front of congress about the visa’s positive economic impact. 

Educational Studies

  • Sally W. Bonet: Immigration & Education; Anthropology & Education, Refugee Education, Integration of Muslim/Arab refugees; Post 9/11 Studies; Social justice teacher preparation;  Ethnographic Research Methodology                                                         
  • Margery Gardner: Interdisciplinary education, STEM education, secondary science, nature of science (NOS), pre-service teacher preparation, teacher development
  • John D. Palmer: Social justice education; Race, white supremacy, and anti-racist education; North Korean resettler/refugee education; Refugee education and resettlement
  • Brenda N. Sanya: Education & Legal discretion (US and Kenya); American exceptionalism & African Immigration to the US; Race, Racialization, & Black subjectivity; Surveillance; Transnational Feminist & Queer Theories and Methodologies
  • Mark Stern: Charter Schools; Education Policy (domestic); Gentrification; Politics and Education; Public Education; Teach for America
  • Ashley Taylor: Citizenship/social belonging and developmental disability; Higher education and disability; Educational ethics; Disability topics in curriculum and pedagogy
  • Susan W. Woolley: gender, sexuality, LGBTQ youth, LGBTQ topics in curriculum and pedagogy, K-12 schooling, critical literacy


  • Peter Balakian: Winner of the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for poetry. He is also a globally-known authority on the Armenian genocide and is an advocate for Turkish recognition of the atrocity. 
  • Jennifer Brice: Mostly focused on fiction. She also teaches our Living Writers course, where students read 10 books and then get to meet the authors on campus. Alice Sebold, author of the Lovely Bones, will be on campus for this year’s course. 

Environmental Science

  • Aubreya Adams: Earth’s magnetic poles, earthquakes, plate tectonics. 
  • Joe Levy: How climate change is affecting polar ecosystems. Was Mars ever “warm and wet”?
  • Andy Pattison: Climate change, sustainability, and what local governments can do to make a difference.


  • Dan Bouk: History of the U.S. Census
  • Robert Garland: Can add historical context to current events. His past work includes comparing Donald Trump to an ancient Athenian politician, and he has written a book about refugees from ancient Athens. 
  • Jill Harsin: European history
  • Graham Hodges: Taxi history (also uber/rideshares), underground railroad
  • Monica Mercado: History of women’s rights in New York
  • Robert Nemes: Modern Central and East European history, urban history, nationalism, and commodities
  • Andy Rotter: U.S. diplomatic history, recent U.S. history, the Vietnam War

Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Dan Monk: Terrorism. Critical geopolitics, the Israel/Palestine conflict, critical theory. 
  • Jacob Mundy: Unrest in the Middle East and North Africa.  
  • Nancy Ries: Contemporary Russia, with an emphasis on the mafia, assassination of journalists, and 
  • Russian media.
  • Amanda Rogers: How militant groups like ISIS use branding to recruit followers. 
  • Susan Thomson: Rwandan genocide and current political climate. 


  • David McCabe: Patriotism and nationalism, philosophy of education, liberalism, and the general relationship between public and private morality within liberal democracies.

Political Science

  • Michael Hayes: Group theory, incrementalism and policy making, effects of public opinion on the legislative process
  • Danielle Lupton: War and global security/conflict, veterans in congress.
  • Matthew Luttig: News media and politics. Political psychology. Partisanship and political polarization. 
  • Valerie Morkevicius: Ethics of drone warfare and cyber warfare. International humanitarian law. Just war. Religion and international conflict. 
  • Sam Rosenfeld: The politics of polarization in America.
  • Bruce Rutherford: Egyptian politics. 


  • Erin Cooley: Social inequality (e.g., racism, classism, sexism), white privilege and white identity, implicit bias
  • Doug Johnson: Experimental psychology, human cognition, memory, information processing, and also the use of technology in teaching. 
  • Spencer Kelly: Gesture, language learning, communication, freedom of expression on college campuses
  • Lauren Philbrook: Child sleep psychology 
  • Jennifer Tomlinson: Relationships


  • Lesleigh Cushing: Explores the bible’s role in politics. She has studied how the right and left have used it in their efforts at lobbying.
  • Corey MacPherson: University chaplain and protestant minister. Can talk about student support and religion on campus. 
  • Jenna Reinbold: Separation of church and state in the U.S. the role of religion and secularism in the creation and propagation of international human rights.


  • Chandra Russo: Social movements, anti-racism, and activism.


  • Kyle Bass: African American theater and playwrights. 


  • Jamiere Abney: Senior assistant dean of admission and coordinator of outreach for opportunity and inclusion.
  • Brian W. Casey: President. History of American Higher Education. 
  • Paul McLoughlin: Dean of the College. Paul is a good source for general higher education topics related to student life. 
  • Michael Sciola: Career services in higher education. The future of the workforce. Helping students find jobs after graduation. 
  • Gina Soliz: Director of financial aid. 

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