Major in International Studies

Bachelor of Arts Degree • School of Arts and Sciences

International Studies Major



Peter T. DeSimone

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor History

Phone: (315) 792-3242
Office: 126 DePerno Hall

Associate Professor Peter DeSimone earned a Ph.D. and M.A. from Ohio State University and a B.A. from Grand Valley State University. Prior to coming to Utica College he was a Graduate Research Associate at Hilander Library and Resource Center for Medieval Slavic Studies as well as adjunct faculty at Columbus State Community College. Peter enjoys playing and watching hockey, baseball, and traveling with family.

Jun Kwon, Assistant Professor of Government and Politics

Jun T. Kwon

, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Government & Politics

Phone: (315) 223-2473
Office: 123 DePerno Hall

Jun Kwon, Assistant Professor of Government and Politics, earned a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Georgia and a master's in Asian studies from Cornell University. Previously he worked as an assistant professor at the University of North Georgia. ...More About Jun T. Kwon

Professor Ellen McHale, Ph.D.

Ellen E. McHale

Adjunct Lecturer of History

Phone: (315) 792-3028
Office: 286 Gordon Science Center

Ellen McHale earned a M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania. A former Fulbright Senior Fellow to the Institute for Folklife Studies at Stockholm's University, Stockholm, Sweden, Ellen is also the recipient of a prestigious Archie Green Fellowship from the Library of Congress. ...More About Ellen E. McHale

Professor Theodore Orlin, J.D.

Theodore (Ted) S. Orlin

, J.D.
Professor Criminal Justice, Government & Politics

Phone: (315) 792-3267
Office: 122 DePerno Hall

Theodore Orlin, J.D., is the Harold T. Clark Jr. Professor Emeritus of Human Rights Scholarship and Advocacy at Utica College, Utica, New York. He is a founder and Director of the Human Rights Advocacy Program (HRAP). ...More About Theodore S. Orlin

Professor Nathaniel Richmond

Nathaniel I. Richmond

, Ph.D.
Professor of Government

Phone: (315) 792-3205
Office: 123 DePerno Hall

Nathaniel Richmond, Ph.D., teaches courses in comparative politics, international politics, and political ideologies. Dr. Richmond serves as a consultant to local governments and is a member of the editorial advisory board of Annual Editions: American Foreign Policy. Dr. Richmond's advanced degrees (M.A./Ph.D.) are from George Washington University. ...More About Nathaniel I. Richmond

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John (Juan) A. Thomas

, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Spanish

Phone: (315) 223-2578
Office: 102 DePerno Hall

M.A.; Ph.D, Hispanic Linguistics,University at Albany. Ph.D., Inorganic Chemistry, MIT. Diploma Italian Linguistics, Università di Perugia. Diplomas Galician- Portuguese Philology, Instituto da lingua galega, Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. Before arriving at UC, Juan was Visiting Assistant Professor of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University at Albany. His research interests include language contact, and attitudes toward languages. He has recently published an ethnographic and linguistic description of the local Hispanic community, Diary of a Small Hispanic Community (2017). ...More About John A. Thomas

Professor David Wittner

David G. Wittner

, Ph.D.
Professor of History

Phone: (315) 792-3332
Office: 100 DePerno Hall

David Wittner is a former Fulbright Fellow and is internationally recognized for his work on nineteenth century technology transfer. He is a Professor of East Asian History and received his Ph.D. from The Ohio State University. ...More About David G. Wittner


Linda S. Zee

, Ph.D.
Professor of Spanish

Phone: (315) 223-2461
Office: 226 White Hall

Linda Zee has lived and traveled in Latin America [Mexico, Costa Rica, Guatemala, Honduras, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Peru, Bolivia, Chile, Argentina] and Spain. Her principal areas of research are contemporary Latin American women writers and Latin American film. She has created a data base of films in Spanish that are literary adaptations, and is currently researching the Spanish-language film industry in Hollywood in the 1920s and 1930s, along with Mexican horror films of the 1950s and 1960s. She is active in the arts community in Utica, and also participates in cross-country skiing, distance running and gardening. ...More About Linda S. Zee


Jun T. Kwon, Ph.D.
Chair, International Studies
123 DePerno Hall

(315) 223-2473
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