Contact International Studies

Chair: Marc Papé
Phone: (585) 899-3873

International Studies Department Faculty

A Talented Faculty

Students in St. John Fisher College’s International Studies Program will benefit from the personal attention of talented faculty that is made possible by small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio. Students will find that both faculty members and advisors are accessible whenever needed, not just during registration periods.

Furthermore, all faculty pursue research and publishing opportunities regularly. Students, therefore, benefit from learning the most up-to-date theories and approaches in the many disciplines of International Studies from professors who remain current on their topics.

The varied research interests of the faculty are:

  • 19th and 20th Century diplomatic history
  • 19th and 20th Century U.S. history
  • Modern and contemporary Chinese politics and economics
  • Contemporary Latin American
  • Spanish literature and civilization
  • Political theory
  • International relations and comparative politics
  • Latin American political cultures
  • Venezuela
  • The Caribbean
  • International economics
  • U.S. and U.K. 20th Century economic history
  • The new German States
  • 19th and 20th Century German Literature and German cinema
  • Cross-cultural communication
  • African and Chinese Ethnology
  • Marxism


David Baronov

Title: Professor and Chair, Department of Sociology
Office: Kearney Hall, Room 207C
Phone: (585) 385-8220
Education: Ph.D., SUNY-Binghamton

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Maria Gonzalez-Smith

Title: Adjunct Faculty
Office: Basil 022A
Phone: (585) 385-7333
Education: Doctorate in Political Science (ABD), 1988 Central University of Venezuela.
MA in Political Science, 1983 Central University of Venezuela
Licentiate in International Studies, 1976 Central University of Venezuela

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Rubén L. Gómez

Title: Professor of Spanish
Office: Basil 105
Phone: (585) 385-7348
Education: Ph.D., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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John D. Harman, Ph.D.

Title: Professor
Office: Pioch 122
Phone: (585) 385-8242
Education: M.A., Ph.D., University of Wisconsin, Madison
B.A., Idaho State University

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Dr. Selim Ilter

Title: Professor, Department of Management/Marketing
Office: Salerno 242
Phone: (585) 385-8082
Education: Ph.D., International Business, Georgia State University
M.B.A., University of Notre Dame
M.S., Mechanical Engineering, Robert College, Turkey
B.S., Mechanical Engineering, Robert College, Turkey

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Dr. Merouane Lakehal-Ayat

Title: Professor, Department of Accounting/Finance
Office: Salerno 241
Phone: (585) 385-8429
Education: Ph.D., International Finance & Economics, U. of Denver
J.D., Business and Law, Algiers Business and Law School
M.B.A., Fina., U. of Denver
M.S., International Management, U. of Denver
M.A., International Relations, U. of Denver

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Marc Papé

Title: Associate Professor and Chair, Modern Languages and Cultures
Office: Fay 104
Phone: (585) 899-3873
Education: Ph.D., Florida State University

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Dr. Tom Tyson

Title: Professor, Department of Accounting/Finance
Office: Salerno 232
Phone: (585) 385-8431
Education: Ph.D., Accounting, Georgia State University
M.Ed., Education (Counseling), University of Pittsburgh
M.B.A., Management, New Mexico State University
B.S., History, Northwestern University

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Dr. Stephen J. Valone

Title: Professor
Office: Basil 129
Phone: (585) 385-8208
Education: Ph.D., University of Rochester
B.A., Hamilton College

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