Faculty - Interdisciplinary Studies

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Daniel KotzinDaniel Kotzin, Ph.D.

Chair, Interdisciplinary Studies & Associate Professor, Social Sciences
Dr. Daniel Kotzin (daniel.p.kotzin@medaille.edu) has been passionate about history since he attended the University of California at Irvine, where he obtained a bachelor's degree in history. As he continued his graduate studies in history at New York University in pursuit of a Ph.D., Dr. Kotzin became increasingly interested in American ethnic history and examining American history from a global perspective, particularly the ways in which Americans have tried to influence other nations.

After receiving his Ph.D. from New York University, he taught history at Beth Tfiloh Dahan High School in Maryland and then Kutztown University in Pennsylvania, where he emerged as a leader among the faculty in promoting active learning in the classroom. He has also been nationally recognized for his success as a teacher in Who's Who Among America's Teachers. Dr. Kotzin’s biography, Judah L. Magnes: An American Jewish Maverick, is due to be published by Syracuse University Press in 2010. This study of Judah Magnes, an American Jew who served as the first Chancellor of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and later emerged during the 1930s and 1940s as the leading advocate for peace between Jews and Arabs, examines the difficulty of transplanting American ideas and values to the Middle East.

Dr. Kotzin is now an assistant professor at Medaille College in the Social Science Department and Chair of the Interdisciplinary Studies Department. Currently he is writing articles on history pedagogy and beginning research on the history of the Jewish community in Buffalo, looking specifically at the papers of Rabbi Isaac Klein which are housed in the archives at the University of Buffalo.

Matthew BowkerMatthew H. Bowker, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Dr. Matt Bowker (mhb34@medaille.edu) joined the Medaille faculty in 2006 and teaches interdisciplinary courses in Political Science (Intro. to Political Science, Justice and Democracy in America, Aliveness and Deadness in Political Thought), Philosophy (Intro. to Critical Thinking, Ethics), Intercultural Communication, Undergraduate Research (Baccalaureate Capstone Seminar), and Analytical Writing at the College.

He holds a B.A. in Political Science from Columbia University and a M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science (Political Theory) from the University of Maryland, College Park.

Dr. Bowker’s research combines political theory with psychoanalytic and literary approaches. He is the author of Rethinking the Politics of Absurdity: Albert Camus, Postmodernity, and the Survival of Innocence (Routledge, 2013), Escargotesque, or, What is Experience? (2014, Punctum Books), Albert Camus and the Political Philosophy of the Absurd: Ambivalence, Resistance, and Creativity (Rowman & Littlefield, 2013), and Ostranenie: On Shame and Knowing (Punctum Books, 2012). He has published numerous essays in edited volumes and articles in scholarly journals such as Psychoanalysis, Culture and Society, The Journal of Psycho-Social Studies, and Thought & Action: The NEA Higher Education Journal.

Dr. Bowker has been deeply invested in the development of Medaille’s General Education curriculum, the improvement of students’ critical thinking skills across the curriculum, and the direction of community-based learning projects in Buffalo. In 2010, he was a Faculty Fellow at the Western New York Service-Learning Coalition and has led workshops on reflective practices in community-based learning partnerships. 

In the summers of 2012 and 2008, Dr. Bowker served as a Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science at the Singapore Institute of Management (SIM). Before coming to Medaille, he was Associate Director of the University of Maryland’s College Park Scholars Program in International Studies, a specialized, two-year residential and experiential learning program. For more information, see: http://medaille.academia.edu/MatthewBowker.

 K. Patrick Fazioli, PhD
K. Patrick Fazioli, Ph.D.

Visiting Assistant Professor, Interdisciplinary Studies
Dr. Fazioli (kpf27@medaille.edu) has taught at Medaille since 2008, joining the full-time faculty in 2011. He is currently the Director of the Honors Program as well as the NCAA Div. III Faculty-Athletics Representative. He has taught classes across the General Education curriculum (Critical Thinking, Scientific Discovery, Baccalaureate Capstone I and II), as well as a variety of electives (Introduction to Anthropology, Urban Anthropology, Intercultural Communication, World Cultures, and Contemporary US History). An experienced and enthusiastic educator, Dr. Fazioli has received multiple nominations as SGA’s “Professor of the Year” and the TRiO “Students’ Choice Award.”

Dr. Fazioli earned a B.A. in History and French from Providence College before going on to receive his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Department of Anthropology at the State University of New York at Buffalo. His research, which has been funded by the National Science Foundation, focuses on the archaeology and historical anthropology of Central Europe during the Late Roman Empire and Early Middle Ages (c. 300-900 CE). He has conducted fieldwork in Austria, Slovenia, Sweden, Ireland, and Denmark, as well as across the northeastern US. In addition to giving frequent conference papers and invited talks, Dr. Fazioli has published numerous journal articles, book chapters, and field reports on topics including landscape archaeology, ceramic petrography, and the history of archaeology and anthropology. His current book project explores how the idea of ‘The Middle Ages’ has been appropriated by nationalist and colonialist agendas. More information on his research can be found at: https://medaille.academia.edu/KPatrickFazioli.      

Dr. Fazioli was born in Boston, spent most of his childhood in Troy (NY), and has lived in Buffalo for the last decade. In his spare time, he enjoys reading, running, basketball, and playing the guitar. 

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