Christine M. Angel, Ph.D.
Christine M. Angel, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the
Division of Library and Information Science, received her doctorate
from the University of South Carolina. Her research interests are
in the areas of information representation and retrieval. While
pursuing her doctoral studies, Dr. Angel was a recipient of the
Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) Doctoral Fellowship
and taught at the University of South Carolina.
Barry Baxt, Ph.D.
Barry Baxt, Ph.D., Full Professor in the Department of
Biological Sciences, received his B.A. in Biology from CUNY,
Brooklyn College and his Ph.D. in Microbiology and Immunology from
SUNY, Downstate Medical Center. Dr. Baxt was a lead scientist in
the Foreign Animal Disease Research Unit of the Plum Island Animal
Disease Center for 30 years. His research centered on molecular
virology and viral receptors. He is recognized internationally as
an expert on foot-and-mouth disease virus. He retired from the
Federal Government in 2007 and since then has been an Adjunct
Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at St. John's
Hoon Choi, Ph.D.
Hoon Choi, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of
Theology and Religious Studies, earned a B.A. in Theology and Art
History from Boston College. He holds a Master of Divinity degree
from Yale University, the Divinity School. He earned a Ph.D. from
Loyola University Chicago, where he has also taught a popular
course called "Christian Marriage." His professional interests
include Roman Catholic moral theology, trans-cultural gender
studies, and issues of race in theology.
Collin Craig, Ph.D.
Collin Craig, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of First-Year Writing
in the Institute for Core Studies, has a B.A. in English; M.A. in
Composition and Rhetoric; and a Ph.D. in Rhetoric and Critical
Studies in Literacy and Pedagogy from Michigan State University.
His research explores African American rhetorical and literacy
traditions of identity formation. Specifically, he explores black
male literacies as rhetorical practice in higher education.
Meredith C. Foley, Ph.D.
Meredith C. Foley, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor in the
Department of Chemistry, earned her B.S. degree from the University
of Notre Dame in Indiana and her doctoral degree at New York
University in 2011. Her research focuses on elucidating the
atomic-level details of DNA repair mechanisms using computational
methods. Dr. Foley had previously been an Adjunct Assistant
Professor at St. John's University and a Chemistry Instructor at
the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point.
David Kaspar, Ph.D.
David Kaspar, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of
Philosophy, earned his Ph.D. at SUNY Buffalo and has previously
taught at the University of Nevada, Reno and at Mansfield
University. He works primarily in ethics and in political
philosophy. His book, Intuitionism, will be released this
Robyn Kurasaki, PSY .D.
Robyn Kurasaki, Psy.D., Assistant Professor, Psychology
Department, has been working as a school psychologist for the past
several years and began her teaching career at Queens College.
Research interests include the evaluation of programs aimed to
enhance the social-emotional well-being of school-aged children and
the influence of parents on child development. She earned a B.A. in
Psychology, an M.S. in School Psychology and a Psy.D. in School
Psychology from St. John's University.
Moti Mizrahi, Ph.D.
Moti Mizrahi, Ph.D., an Assistant Professor of Philosophy,
earned his doctorate from The Graduate Center of the City
University of New York. His areas of specialization include
epistemology and philosophy of science. While pursuing his doctoral
studies, Dr. Mizrahi served as a Teaching Fellow at Hunter College.
He has been an Adjunct Professor at The Fashion Institute of
Technology, Fairleigh Dickinson University and St. John's
Steve Puig, Ph.D.
Steve Puig, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in Languages and
Literatures, earned his Ph.D. at the City University of New York.
He specialized in 20th-and 21st-century French and Francophone
literature and culture, with an emphasis on urban culture. He has
written several articles on French Caribbean novels, particularly
on Haitian novelists, and on urban writers. He has taught at The
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (where he received his
M.A. in Romance Languages), Hunter College and Medgar Evers College
in New York.
Rebecca Wiseheart, Ph.D.
Rebecca Wiseheart, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department
of Communication Sciences and Disorders, earned her degrees from
the University of Florida. Before joining the faculty at St.
John's, she worked as a speech-language pathologist in private
practice and in the public schools. Her research focuses on
understanding the complex relationships between language
development and cognitive processing in children with dyslexia.
Yong Yu, Ph.D.
Yong Yu, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Biological
Sciences, earned his Ph.D. in Biology from the Chinese Academy of
Sciences. Before coming to St. John's, he was an Associate Research
Scientist at Columbia University. His research focuses on cell
membrane proteins, especially ion channels and receptors. He makes
use of molecular biology, biochemistry, biophysics and
electrophysiology methods to investigate their structure and
function and the roles that they play in human diseases.
Yue (Angela) Zhuo, Ph.D.
Angela Zhuo, Ph.D., Assistant Professor in the Department of
Sociology and Anthropology, received her Ph.D. in sociology from
the University at Albany, State University of New York in May 2012.
She received an LL.B. in Law and a B.A. in English from Tianjin
University, China, and an M.A. in Economics from Nankai University,
China. Her research interests include crime and criminal justice,
migration, family, and substance abuse. While pursuing her graduate
studies, she served as a full-time statistician at the Research
Institute on Addictions of the University at Buffalo, The State
University of New York for three years.