Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Professor, Philosophy, Rhetoric, and Interdisciplinary Studies
Associate Dean, College of Arts and Sciences and Associate Professor of Anthropology
I am currently Associate Dean in the College of Arts and Sciences, and also Associate Professor of Anthropology in the Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Anthropology
B.A. 1982 Carleton College (Sociology/Anthropology); M.A. Anthropological Sciences, 1989, State University of New York at Stony Brook; Ph.D. 1993 (Anthropological Sciences) State University of New York at Stony Brook. Postdoc 1993-1995, Duke University (Biological Anthropology and Anatomy); Masters of Public Administration, 2010, Univ of Connecticut.
CAS Capstone: Frankenstein 2018; Bones, Genes and Everything in Between (Intro to Biological Anthropology); Human Evolution; Forensic Anthropology; Primate Anatomy; Primate Behavior; Phylogenetic Reconstruction; Introduction to Excel
I am responsible for managing the operating, capital and payroll budgets for the College of Arts and Sciences. I also manage issues that arise with science facilities in the Tator Hall and Buckman science buildings and coordinate renovations to CAS space and work closely with Facilities to manage lab safety and compliance issues. I administer the QUIP-RS summer faculty-mentored student research program and the Student Research Support grants.
I am an Associate Dean and Associate Professor of Political Science in the College of Arts and Sciences at Quinnipiac University.
I am interested in academic administration, strategic planning, interdisciplinary learning, general education, honors education, improving writing outcomes, and first-year academic experiences.
My teaching portfolio includes: theories of international relations, U.S. foreign policy, international security, global political economy, politics of the Middle East, the modern American presidency, and political psychology.
My research is on U.S. foreign policy and grand strategy, presidential psychology and foreign policy decision-making, American policy vis-a-vis the Persian Gulf, and empire / hegemony.
2009 PhD, Political Science. Fields: International Relations and Comparative Politics (exams passed with distinction)
University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT
2005 MA, Political Science
University of Connecticut. Storrs, CT
2003 BA, Non-Western (Middle Eastern) History and Philosophy
Heidelberg University (formerly College). Tiffin, OH
Additional graduate training:
2008 Institute for Qualitative and Multi-Method Research
Arizona State University. Tempe, AZ
2003/4 Graduate School of Public and International Affairs, Program in International Security Studies
University of Pittsburgh. Pittsburgh, PA
Book Under Contract
(lead author) with Marc J. O’Reilly, John Miglietta, and Emily Jones. The Middle East and Global Politics: Theory and Practice. Palgrave-Macmillan.
Articles and Chapters
(second author) with Marc O’Reilly. “Obama’s Legacy in the Middle East” in Michael Grossman, editor, Barack Obama Presidency: Legacy and Record. College Station: Texas A&M Press. (forthcoming).
“Colonialism and War as Drivers of HIV/AIDS in Sub-Saharan Africa” in Beccie Seaman, editor, Epidemics and War, Praeger, 2018.
“Energy Trends, Political Economy, and International Order: The United States and the People’s Republic” in Michael Keating, Caroline Kuzemo, and Andres Goldthau, editors, The Handbook of International Political Economy of Energy and Resources, Edwin Elgar, 2018.
(second author) with Dominic Alesssio. “The Island of Thieves.” Foreign Policy Analysis, Volume 17, no. 0. September, 2017: 1-16.
“Teaching International Relations,” in Patrick James, editor, Oxford Bibliographies in International Relations. New York: Oxford University Press. 2015.
(second author) with Dominic Alessio. “The Voldemort of Imperial History: Rethinking Empire and US History.” International Studies Perspectives, Volume 16, no. 1. February, 2015: 1-15.
(first author) with Marc J. O’Reilly, “Decline or Not: America’s Continued Primacy in the Persian Gulf,” in Ward Holder and Peter Josephson, editors, The American Election 2012: Contexts and Consequences. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014.
“Man Hears What He Wants to Hear and Disregards the Rest: George W. Bush and Iraqi WMD.” Psicologia Politica, Volume 46, no. 2. November, 2013: 19-38.
(second author) with Marc J. O’Reilly. “Evolving Empire: America’s Emirates Strategy in the Persian Gulf.” International Studies Perspectives, Volume 8, no. 2. May, 2007: 137-151.
(second author) with Marc J. O’Reilly. “Like Father, Like Son? A Comparison of the Foreign Policies of George H.W. Bush and George W. Bush.” Historia Actual Online, No. 10. Primavera, 2006: 17-36.
(first author) with Brian Urlacher, “U.S. Military Forces in Iraq: Stay the Course or Withdraw Quickly?” in John T. Rourke, editor, You Decide: Current Debates in American Politics. New York: Longman, 2006.
“Kyoto and Beyond: America Will Gain by Ratifying the Environmental Agreement,” in John T. Rourke, editor, Taking Sides: World Politics 12th Edition. Guilford, CT: McGraw-Hill, 2006.
“Israeli-Iranian Relations 1950-88: A Study in Understated Diplomacy.” The Rutgers Student Journal of Israeli Affairs. Volume 1. Spring, 2004: 52-60.
Assistant Dean for Advising & Experiential Learning and Assistant Professor of History
As assistant dean, I oversee student academic progress, support faculty advisors, and promote opportunities for experiential learning. I also oversee the program for Exploring CAS (undeclared) students.
BS 2001, Duke University (Psychology); MBA 2004, Ohio University; MA 2015, North Carolina State University (History); PhD 2019, Macquarie University (History)
Director of Career Development
There are jobs out there…if you know how to find them, and how to transform yourself into the candidate they can’t pass up.
Through daily contact with corporate recruiters at major corporations and small businesses, across a wide range of industries, I have developed the ability to identify a candidate’s strengths and weaknesses compared to market needs and prepare them to face an ever-changing and difficult job search process.
Make an appointment to come see me and I’ll help you, too!
I’ll work with you to help you navigate a personalized career development program including major choice, internships and experiential learning, networking, full-time job search, professional development opportunities and graduate school advisement.
**I assist all CAS majors and minors. If you are a student in another school here at QU, please click here to connect with the career development staff member in your school.
Associate Teaching Professor of Biology & CAS Faculty Advising Director
I am currently an Associate Teaching Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University. My training is in the field of molecular and cellular biology and molecular neurobiology, and my teaching focuses at the molecular and cellular level.
B.A. 1997 Ithaca College (Biology); Ph.D. 2003 Harvard University (Molecular and Cellular Biology)
Bio 105 (UC) Introduction to the Biological Sciences Lab; Bio 106 (UC) Science and Society: Concepts and Current Issues Lab; Bio 571 Molecular Genetics; Bio 605 DNA Methods Laboratory; FYS 101.
Research and Academic Interests
I am interested in how life works at the molecular and cellular level. As an undergraduate at Ithaca College, I worked on a project aimed at elucidating the structure and function of cytochrome c oxidase in the yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae. That work fueled my interest in the field, and I went on to pursue graduate studies in a department that had broad interests in the fields of molecular, cellular, developmental, and neurobiology. My graduate worked involved exploring the molecular and cellular neurobiology of pheromone detection in mammals. During my graduate training, I became very interested in teaching and academic advising, and worked as an academic advisor and lecturer from 2003-2015, when I came to Quinnipiac University.
Specialties and InterestsMolecular and Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Cell Biology
Associate Professor and Director of Game Design & Development
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Professor and Director of Behavioral Neuroscience
Evidence suggests a close relationship between emotional stress and vulnerability to mood disorders such as Major depressive disorder (MDD) and anxiety disorders. Mood disorders are characterized by behavioral and neurochemical adaptations, such as dysfunctional cognitive-affective processes and elevated hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenaocortical (HPA) activity. The hippocampus, amygdala and prefrontal cortex are brain regions that have been shown to be neuroanatomical substrates altered in such disorders. The Betz Lab studies the behavioral and molecular underpinnings that produce structural and biochemical alterations in these vulnerable brain regions. These changes have been proposed to contribute to persistent neuroadaptive alterations that influence the development and expression of aspects of mood disorders. The Betz Lab uses rodent animal models, in particular Chronic Unpredictable Stress (CUS) and Maternal Separation, to reveal underlying molecular attributes of this devastating disorder.
PS 252 (Physiological Psychology), PS 357 (Drugs, Brain and Behavior), PS 401 (Senior Capstone), PS 353 (Behavioral Neuroscience Research Methods)
Professor of Sociology and chair, Department of Sociology, Criminal Justice and Anthropology
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Theater Program Director
Kevin Daly is a playwright and the Director of the Theater Program at Quinnipiac University. To date, he has written sixteen full-length plays. His work is represented by The Robert A. Freedman Dramatic Agency.
Kevin’s full-length drama, In Kings and Fools (a finalist for the 2011 Woodward/Newman Award) received a world premiere production in May 2017 as the winner of the Panndora’s Box New Works Festival in Long Beach, California. The script was initially developed at The Manhattan Theatre Club in NYC.
His full-length comedy, Where is Everybody? (finalist for the Reva Shiner Award ’16 and the Hope on Stage Award ’16) was the winner of the 2016 Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest. It was later presented at The Windy City Playhouse in Chicago.
His ten minute comedy, The Kitty Bomb was a finalist for the Heideman Award. It was presented at the William Inge Festival (’18) and the ATHE Conference (’18) before receiving a World Premiere Production at the New York New Works Festival (’18).
Kevin’s professional credits include the Manhattan Theatre Club, Aston Rep, The Barrow Group, Santa Fe Playhouse, Curious Frog Theatre Company, 5th Letter Productions, The Neil Simon Festival, Panndora Productions, The Windy City Playhouse, The William Inge Festival, and JET Ensemble Theatre. His plays have been named semi-finalists for the National Play Conference at the O’Neill (’10,’11,’13,’14, ’19), winner of the Neil Simon Festival New Play Contest (’16), runner-up for the Bottle Tree Inc. Playwriting Prize (’14), finalist for the Kitchen Dog Theatre New Works Festival (’14), finalist for the Woodward Newman Drama Award (’11, ‘15), finalist for the Reva Shiner Award (’16), semi-finalist for the Bay Area Playwrights Festival (’12), and finalist for the Julie Harris Playwriting Award (’09).
Kevin received his MFA in playwriting from Indiana University. He is a full member of the Dramatists Guild.
Kevin teaches: DR 350 (playwriting), DR 181 (long-form improv), DR 410 (senior seminar), DR 370 (internship, professional experience, conservatory in theater).
Alexandre de Lencastre
Assistant Professor of Biology and Director of the Graduate Program in Molecular and Cell Biology
I am currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at Quinnipiac University. My formal training is as a Biochemist but my research interests encompass a wide variety of subjects including genetics, molecular biology, microbiology and neurodegenerative diseases. My teaching focuses on Molecular Biology.
B.S. 1996 Georgetown University (Biochemistry); Ph.D. 2005 Columbia University (Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics); Postdoc 2005-2006 Yale University (Biochemistry); Postdoc 2006-2013 Yale University (Genetics)
Bio 101 General Biology I; Bio 102 General Biology II; Bio 515 Advanced Biochemistry; Bio 605 Molecular and Cellular Laboratories I; Bio 606 Molecular and Cellular Laboratories II; Bio 675 MCB Comprehensive Exam
My lab is interested in the roles of microRNAs and other non-coding RNAs in biology, with particular emphasis on their post-developmental functions during aging and in stress resistance. MiRNAs are conserved and critical for development across biology and they have been implicated in several diseases, including cancer. However, the function of the vast majority of miRNAs is currently a mystery. Using the model organism C. elegans my lab is examining miRNAs that we have shown to affect animal lifespan and stress resistance. We are interested in uncovering the molecular targets of these miRNAs, the environmental triggers that control miRNA expression and if these miRNAs have related functions in C. elegans models of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s disease. Given the high conservation of miRNAs across species, insights from this research may lead to new biomarkers and better understanding of diseases of aging in higher organisms such as humans.
For more information please visit the lab website: http://mywebspace.quinnipiac.edu/adelencastre/index.html