Social Sciences Faculty

Christina Clamp - Professor


Dr. Christina Clamp has over 30 years of teaching experience at SNHU, where she is a professor with the School of Arts and Sciences and is the director of Co-operatives and Community Economic Development.

Clamp received her Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts from Friends World College, her Master of Arts in Sociology and her Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from Boston College.

At SNHU, Clamp's committee work has included development of the Institutional Research Review Board, NEASC Self-Study Committees, the College Budget Advisory Committee, adhoc Salary Equity Committee, Human Resource Committee, and the Curriculum Committee
Clamp is a member of the Association of Cooperative Educators, American Sociological Association and the American Association of University Women. She is on the board of directors of the ICA Group (Boston), the Food Cooperative Initiative (MN) and the Allston/Brighton Community Development Corporation (Boston). She also serves on the Steering Committee of the Mel King Institute of the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations.  Formerly, she was a member of the board of directors of Childspace Development and Training Institute (Philadelphia), the National Cooperative Business Association (Washington DC), The Council of Overseers for the Friends World Program at Long Island University (NY), and a former associate of the Harvard University Program on Non-Violence Sanctions and Civilian Defense (Cambridge, MA).

Presentations include "Faith Based Community Economic Development: Assessing Community Needs," City of Montgomery AL, Office of Faith Based & Community Initiatives, Alabama State University, December 6, 2011.

Clamp has numerous publications including "Social Entrepreneurship in the Mondragon Cooperative Corporation and the Challenges of Successful Replication," co-authored with Innocentus Alhamis. Journal of Entrepreneurship September 2010 19: 149-177.

Dean Spiliotes - Civic Scholar


Dean Spiliotes has been Civic Scholar in the School of Arts and Sciences at Southern New Hampshire University since 2007.  He is also founder of the political blog, Spiliotes' teaching focus is presidential politics and policy, campaigns and elections, and New Hampshire politics and its presidential primary.

Spiliotes is author of the book, Vicious Cycle: Presidential Decision Making in the American Political Economy, and has published in a variety of professional journals including, The American Journal of Political Science, The Journal of Politics, Presidential Studies Quarterly, and Society.  His political commentary and analysis is frequently sought out by major media outlets throughout the United States and around the world.

He earned his BA in history from Haverford College, and his MA and PhD in political science from the University of Chicago.

Francis Catano - Department Chair / Associate Professor


Dr. Francis Catano, an assistant professor of sociology, has worked at SNHU since 2005. Catano brings over 30 years of community experience to SNHU. A champion of hands-on, community-based learning, Catano is a community psychologist and sociologist. His areas of expertise include community development and human services, youth counseling, and human environments.

Catano received his Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from St. Anselm College, his Master in Education in Community Mental Health Counseling from Northeastern University, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Human Services from Walden University.

His publications include ''Childcare Worker Assumptions about Caring.'' (2008), VDM Publishing, Lightning House.

Catano received the Leadership and Service Award, New Hampshire Division of Children and Youth, 1998; the Community Leadership Award, Greater Manchester Association of Social Service Agencies, 1997; and the Juvenile Justice Award, U.S. Department of Justice, 1982.

James Duffy - Lecturer of Sociology


A Lecturer of Sociology, Dr. James Duffy joined SNHU as an adjunct instructor in 2003. Duffy has a comprehensive background in New Hampshire education spanning over 30 years including adjunct teaching and guidance counseling.

Duffy received his Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from Assumption College and his Master of Education from University of New Hampshire, Durham.

Karen Erickson - Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences


Dr. Karen Erickson came to SNHU in 2006 after 15 years at the University of Alaska Fairbanks, where she was on the political science faculty and awarded emerita rank. She directed programs in science, education, public policy and in Arctic affairs and policies assessment. Erickson also has held university teaching and administrative posts in Canada and Norway.

Erickson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from Stanford, a Master of Arts in Political Science and Doctor of Philosophy from Harvard.

Erickson is a founder of the University of the Arctic and was on the U.S. delegation to the Arctic Council. Her publications cover Arctic and international politics, security, environmental policy, cold war legacies, rural education and postwar politics of Finland.

A winner of two Fulbright awards, Erickson has held fellowships with the Carnegie Council on Ethics and International Affairs, the Scholar's Roundtable-NYU School of Law and the National Foundation for the Improvement of Education. She is a Leadership Fellow of the National Center for Science and Civic Engagement and a member of the board of directors of the American Conference of Academic Deans as well as the World Affairs Council of New Hampshire.

Paul Barresi - Professor


Before joining SNHU's faculty in 2001, Dr. Paul Barresi helped to advise Fortune 500 companies in complex environmental compliance matters at one of New England's leading law firms; taught legal practice skills to law students; explored the interpretation and implementation of forestry law and policy on-site in Poland and Albania as a visiting scholar in the Development Law Service of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; and for a decade was certified as an associate wildlife biologist by The Wildlife Society. As Professor of Political Science and Environmental Law at SNHU, he currently teaches courses in sustainability; environmental law, politics, and policy (U.S., comparative, and international); environment and development; the American legal tradition; legal reasoning; and American politics. Barresi also coordinates SNHU's Environmental Management and Sustainability, Law and Politics, Pre-Law Certificate, and Sustainability Certificate programs. He was nominated for an SNHU Excellence in Teaching Award in both 2009-10 and 2010-11. 

Barresi holds a Bachelor of Science from Cornell University, where he majored in Natural Resources; a Juris Doctor With Highest Honors from the George Washington University National Law Center; a Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, where he was a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law; and a Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from Boston University, where he was a Presidential University Graduate Fellow. Along the way, he interned on the majority staff of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation's Subcommittee on Water Resources in the U.S. House of Representatives; in the Office of the Assistant Secretary for Water and Science at the U.S. Department of the Interior; and at Cornell University's Shackelton Point Biological Field Station in Bridgeport, New York. 

Barresi's scholarly work has been published or has been accepted for publication in three languages on four continents. He is the author or co-author of chapters in several books, including the leading U.S. treatise on the law of hazardous waste; the world's first reference handbook on environmental leadership; two volumes of the world's longest-running book series on matters related to education, communication, and training for sustainable development; the original Massachusetts Environmental Law Handbook; and a book of papers in collection by non-Chinese scholars on China's efforts to build an "ecological civilization" (shengtai wenming), which is currently in development. He also is the author of articles in the Chinese Journal of International Law, the Colorado Journal of International Environmental Law and Policy, the Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, the Macquarie Journal of International and Comparative Environmental Law, the Pace Environmental Law Review, the Tulane Environmental Law Journal, and the OIDA International Journal of Sustainable Development, among other publications. Barresi is Founding Chair of the Northeastern Political Science Association's Section on Environmental Politics and Policy; has served on the Executive Committee of the National Council for Science and the Environment's Council of Environmental Deans and Directors; and is active in the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association, where he serves on the editorial board of Interdisciplinary Environmental Review. He translates Russian legal materials into English, reads some Chinese characters, and speaks some Mandarin Chinese.