Kathryn Stam ’99 PhD (SSc) named woman of the year

StamKathryn Stam was named “Woman of the Year” by the Mohawk Valley Chapter of New York State Women, Inc. Stam is a professor of anthropology at SUNY Polytechnic Institute. Her research interests include cultural anthropology, information design and technology, information security and information professions, anthropology of work, communication, refugee studies, and Thai studies. For more information see this news story.

John Bacheller ’72 PhD (PSc) named Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Research Fellow

unnamedJohn Bacheller was recently named a Richard P. Nathan Public Policy Research Fellow at the Rockefeller Institute, State University of New York at Albany. The Rockefeller Institute is a public policy think tank that focuses on problems facing New York State. Bacheller has retired and writes a blog (policybynumbers.com) that focuses on New York issues, with a focus on upstate economies.

Mark Hibben ’07 MA (PSc)/’14 PhD (PSc) writes book critiquing IMF

mark-hibbenMark Hibben wrote What’s Wrong with the IMF and How to Fix It published by Polity Press. The book critiques IMF governance, surveillance, lending, and capacity development and offers solutions to increase program effectiveness. Hibben is assistant professor of political science at Saint Joseph’s College of Maine. His research interests include globalization and development, international political economy, human rights, and the politics of poverty and inequality.

Martin Rochester ’72 PhD (PSc) writes book about war in 21st century

RochesterJ. Martin Rochester wrote The New Warfare: Rethinking Rules for an Unruly World published by Routledge. Rochester is Curators’ Teaching Professor of Political Science at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. He has written 10 books on international and American politics, including Between Peril and Promise: The Politics of International LawUS Foreign Policy in the 21st Century and the textbook The Global Condition.

Olivette takes leadership position at Mount Saint Mary College

Olivette-Michael-696x789Michael Olivette ’83 MA (SPsy)/ ’84 PhD (SPsy) is vice president for academic affairs at Mount Saint Mary College. Previously Olivette was assistant vice president for academic affairs and was interim VPAA since May of 2017. Olivette has also worked in the administrations of Syracuse University, the University of Scranton and Westchester Community College. For more information about Olivette’s appointment, see this press release.

William Polf ’71 MA (Hist)/’73 PhD (Hist) wins award for short story

POlfWilliam Polf wrote a short story titled “Banjo” that was published in the North Carolina Literary Review Online. The story won second place in the 2017 Doris Betts Fiction competition. “Banjo” was also among the top three winners of Short Story America’s 2017 fiction awards. Read the story on this webpage. Previously Polf was senior vice president of the New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York City.

Mary McGuire ’93 MPA ’00 PhD (PSc) named assistant dean at SUNY-Cortland


Mary McGuire is assistant dean of arts and sciences at the State University of New York at Cortland. She has been on the college’s political science faculty since 2001, where she is in charge of the department’s internships and its public administration and policy concentration. She recently spent a semester teaching and conducting research at Capital Normal University in Beijing.