Carroll College, Helena Montana


Dr. D.J. Cash

Dr. Dane (D.J.) CashAssistant Professor of History.  Dr. Cash received his Ph.D. from Boston University, where he completed fields in American History and International History.  His research focuses on the intersection of American foreign relations and political culture, as reflected in his dissertation, "The Forgotten Debate: American Political Opinion Journals and the Korean War," which he is currently working on turning into a book manuscript.  Prior to coming to Carroll, Dr. Cash taught American History for four years at Emmanuel College in Boston, MA, and teaches both American History and East Asian History at Carroll.  Dr. Cash enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, rooting relentlessly for the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots, and is excited to take advantage of all the hiking and kayaking opportunities that Montana has to offer.

Fields taught: American History and East Asian History

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Dr. Jeanette M. Fregulia

Associate Professor of History.  Dr. Fregulia earned her Ph.D. at the University of Nevada, Reno, completing fields in Renaissance History, European Gender History, and Comparative European Family History.  Her research focuses on merchants and material, cultural, and social exchanges between early modern Italy and the Eastern Mediterranean, as well as on the role of  gender in the the history of Mediterranean exchanges.  In addition, she holds a Masters Degree in Middle East Area Studies from the University of London, School of Oriental and African Studies, and continues to actively pursue research in the history of the Middle East and Islam.

Dr. Fregulia's research takes her  to Italy and around the eastern Mediterranean.  When she is not in the archives or along a historic trade route she is dedicated to time with family and friends, enjoying the gifts of natures, and really good food. 

Courses include:  Renaissance History, History of the Modern Middle East and Islam, Gender History and Theory, History of the Mediterranean, Historiography, Research Seminar, An Elusive Peace - Study Abroad to the Middle East (Egypt, Israel, the Palestinian  Territories and Jordan)

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Dr. Edward Glowienka

Assistant Professor of Philosophy, joins the department for Fall, 2013.  Dr. Glowienka earned his Ph.D. from Emory University in April, 2013, with a dissertation "Leibniz's Metaphysics of Harmony."  He specializes in Modern Philosophy.

Dr. Jeremy Johnson

Dr. Jeremy JohnsonAssociate Professor of Political Science. Jeremy Johnson received his B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and his M.A. and Ph.D. from Brown University. He holds additional graduate degrees in public administration and history from Villanova University. Since arriving at Carroll College in 2011 he has taught courses in American Politics including: American National Government; Public Policy; Social Welfare Policy; Health Policy; the Presidency and Congress, Elections, Political Parties, and Public Opinion; American Political Development; City Politics; Montana State Politics; Political Research Methods; American Political Thought; Topics in American Politics; Freshman Alpha Seminar; Senior Seminar; and supervises the political internship program.

Jeremy is currently working on a book manuscript, provisionally entitled The Republican Welfare State: A Century of Social Policy Re-Invention. Before embracing the study of American politics, Jeremy was a buff on the history of the Byzantine Empire and is the Interim Director of the Classics program at Carroll. Curriculum vitae

Dr. David McCanna 

Assistant Professor of Sociology. Dr. McCanna received his Ph.D. from the University of California Riverside in 2011 after spending around 15 years in the American southwest. He is an enrolled member of Chugach Alaska, one of the 13 regional corporations founded under the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.  He will tell you, “Academia is a means to an end, rather than the end in itself.”  Because of this philosophy, he is more comfortable applying sociology’s basic concepts to the activities of communal life rather than focusing on the minutiae of theories. His interests in sociology include many fields centered about the reproduction of advantage/discrimination:  Social Psychology, Institutions, Deviance and Crime, and the administration of law. Of central interest is working toward the security of tribal rights to self-determination and sustainability.  Other interests include star-gazing, guitar-making, and trying to figure out what crows and magpies are talking about.

Dr. William Parsons

Bill ParsonsBill Parsons earned his B.A. from the University of Maine and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He teaches courses in ancient and modern political thought, as well as comparative politics. Other duties include serving as the department chair, Carroll College's pre-law advisor, and the faculty advisor to Carroll's chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha. Bill's current project is a study of the political thought of Machiavelli. When he is not rigorously appraising student essays, he can be found getting himself lost on the back roads of Montana.You may view Bill's curriculum vitae here.

Dr. Dean Pavlakis

dpavlakisDean Pavlakis

Assistant Professor of History. Dr. Pavlakis received his Ph.D. from the University at Buffalo (State University of New York at Buffalo), completing fields in Modern European History, Modern British History, and Atlantic History, with additional special attention to colonial and post-colonial Africa. His research focuses on the how European humanitarianism dealt with colonial rule, especially as it pertained to Africa. His dissertation provides the basis of a forthcoming book on the Congo Reform Movement in Britain and beyond (Ashgate, expected publication 2015). With an undergraduate degree in History and Economics from Harvard and a previous career in banking, he is a resource for students interested in exploring how to use a history major in a corporate career.

In addition to his enthusiasm for the study of history, Dr. Pavlakis is looking forward to taking advantage of the outdoors as well as sharing his indoor interests in music of all kinds, theater, strategy games (Diplomacy, Risk, miltary strategy), archival research, and Tolkien. He has done several leisurely biking tours in Europe and is always hoping to do one more. Find out more about Dr. Pavalkis.

Dr. Erik Pratt

Dr. Erik Pratt received his Ph.D. in political science with emphasis in international relations from the University of California, Riverside, and his M.A. from California State University, Fullerton. Before coming to Carroll in the fall of 1990, he taught at College of the Desert and Cal-State Fullerton. He has published a book entitled Selling Strategic Defense and several articles concerning international issues. Dr. Pratt has been a National Endowment for the Humanities scholar in ethics and international affairs and a Fulbright scholar to China, as well as a Research Fellow at the Federation of American Scientists in Washington, D.C. and at the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation in La Jolla, California. When not coaching his expert negotiating team, he can be found fly fishing on the Dearborn River, waiting for the perfect catch.

Courses Taught: International Relations, US Foreign Policy, War & Peace, the Developing World, World Order & Interdependence, the Post-communist World, Research Seminar, International Negotiations, and Senior Seminar.

Dr. John Ries

Department Chair and Associate Professor of Theology

He holds M.A. degrees in philosophy from St. Louis University and the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. He also holds an M.A./S.T.L. and Ph.D./S.T.D. from the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. His special interests include: systematic/fundamental theology, continental philosophy, philosophical and theological ethics, philosophy of religion, hermeneutics.

Courses taught at Carroll: Theological Foundations, History of Christian Thought, Perspectives in Philosophy, Ethics, The God Question, Church and Worship

Courses taught elsewhere: Ethics, Philosophy of Religion, Philosophy of Human Nature, God and Philsophy (TH)-Sacraments, Catholic Beliefs, Moral Theology

Elvira Roncalli

Associate Professor and Department Chair in Philosophy. Obtained her Ph.D. from the Université Catholique de Louvain-La-Neuve, Belgium and her Laurea degree from the Università degli Studi di Milano, Italy.  She was the recipient of an Erasmus scholarship to the Husserl Archives at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium, and of a Fulbright sholarship to Boston College and to the Library of Congress, Washington D.C. Her special interests include the philosophy of Hannah Arendt, Phenomenology, Continental Philosophy, Social and Political Philosophy, Feminist/Gender Theory and Ethics. Away from the classroom, she loves spending time with her family, friends, and travelling to Europe, especially to Italy. Courses taught: Perspectives in Philosophy, Ethics, Social & Political Philosophy, Continental Philosophy, Philosophy and Gender, Ethical Theory, Philosophy Seminar: Phenomenology and Existentialism. (Dr. Roncalli is on Sabbatical leave for Fall, 2013)

Dr. Mark Smilie

msmillieProfessor of Philosophy (and acting Chair, for Fall, 2013), obtained his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. His special interests include the philosophy of Thomas Aquinas, philosophical anthropology, ancient & medieval philosophy, ethics, bioethics, and business ethics. He serves on the Ethics Committee at St. Peter's Hospital, the diocesan Seminarian Review Committee, and is a founder and board member of St. Andrew School, a K-12 school in Helena. Away from the classroom he enjoys spending time with his family. Courses Taught: Perspectives in Philosophy, Ethics, Bioethics, Medieval Philosophy, Philosophy of the Human Being, Business Ethics, Environmental Ethics.

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