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Kenneth Nivison

Kenneth Nivison

Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences

Dr. Kenneth Nivison is the Interim Dean for School of Arts and Sciences. Prior to joining the SNHU faculty, he held teaching appointments at DeSales University, the University of Northern Colorado, and Saint Anselm College.

He holds an A.B. in Politics from Saint Anselm College and an M.A. and Ph.D. (with distinction) in history from The Catholic University of America. Trained as a specialist in 18th and 19th century American history, he teaches a wide range of courses at SNHU, including American Environmental History, The Civil War and Reconstruction, Colonial New England, The Civil Rights Movement, American Slavery, World War II, and The Common Good, to name a few.

His research interests focus on the interplay of politics, culture and society from the era of the American Revolution through the American Civil War. His current research project blends environmental, economic, and political history in an examination of climate, geography, and social development in New Hampshire in the first decades of the 19th Century, centered on the famed "Year Without a Summer" of 1816. He has published several articles, essays, and reviews, including articles in the History of Education Quarterly and Diplomacy and Statecraft. He is also the author of book chapters in Jon L. Wakelyn, ed., Leaders of the American Civil War and in Clayton Jewett, ed., The Battlefield and Beyond. He has served SNHU in a number of positions, including History Program Coordinator and President of the Faculty Senate. He currently serves as a Trustee of the Manchester Historic Association.



Shawn Maureen Powers EdD

Associate Dean

Dr. Shawn Maureen Powers joined Southern New Hampshire University in 2011, transitioning to a leadership role within the School of Arts & Sciences in 2014. Prior to joining academia and teaching humanities courses full time, she spent over two decades in the arts. She was an actress in New York City, and locally, she worked with the Currier Gallery of Art in Manchester, the Capitol Center for the Arts in Concord and Merrimack Repertory Theatre in Lowell, Mass. 

Dr. Powers earned her EdD in Learning, Leadership and Community from Plymouth State University. She also received her MA in Arts Administration from Columbia University Teachers College and a BFA in Drama from New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts.

Patrick D Cullen

Patrick D. Cullen

Co-Chair (Justice Studies), Professor

Patrick Cullen is a Professor of Justice Studies and has served as Department Chair and Program Director of the Justice Studies Department since 2006. Cullen has advanced studies in jurisprudence, human rights, and ethics. He instructs a variety of courses, including criminal law, criminal procedure, evidence, legal traditions, judicial administration, and business law. Cullen received his Bachelor of Science from Cornell University and Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. Prior to entering higher education, he worked in both the public and private legal sectors in a variety of areas including juvenile law, mental health law, insurance subrogation, and representation of professional boxers.

At SNHU, Cullen has participated in numerous university committees including the University Curriculum Committee, School of Arts & Science Curriculum Committee, School of Arts & Sciences Strategic Planning Committee, and Faculty Senate. He also served as President of the SNHU Professional Employees Association (SNHUPEA). He has been awarded Faculty Development Travel Grants (2011 and 2012) and a Charles Koch Foundation Grant (2017) for research in the field of over criminalization. In addition, he is Founder and Director of the Institute for Justice & Human Rights. Cullen is a member in good standing of the Massachusetts Bar. He has presented scholarly papers nationally and internationally and served as a consulting reviewer for both academic journals and textbook publishers.

Michael Hendery

Michael Hendery

Department Chair, Full Professor

An associate professor of psychology and the Department Chair at SNHU, Dr. Michael Hendery's courses taught include Introduction to Psychology, Psychology of Personality, Social Psychology and Assessment and Testing. He is a licensed clinical psychologist and works in private practice.

Hendery received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Ithaca College, his Master of Arts in Clinical Psychology from St. Michael's College and his Doctor of Psychology in Clinical Psychology from George Washington University. He is also the recipient of the 2014 New Hampshire Excellence in Education award.

At SNHU, Hendery is the advisor for Psi Chi (International Honors Society in Psychology), a member of the Institutional Review Boar and the SAS Curriculum Committee.

Hendery is a member of Psi Chi and the American Psychological Association. His lectures include Hendery, M.R. (2010). "Short-term dynamic psychotherapy." Presented at The George Washington University Professional Psychology Symposium. His current research is focused on the mentalization process in college students.


Robert MacAuslan

Dept. Chair / Full Professor

Robert MacAuslan joined SNHU in 2015 as an assistant professor of sociology. He has over ten years of experience teaching ESL and Sociology at all education levels. MacAuslan is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and proficient in Japanese. He is also the founder/CEO of Phonologics, Inc. a pronunciation software company.

MacAuslan received a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Plymouth State University, a Bachelor of Arts in Chinese from Washington State University, a Master of Arts in Regional Economic and Social Development from the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and his Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from Washington State University.

Colin Root

Colin Root

Dept. Chair, Associate Professor

Prof. Root joined SNHU in 2013 as an Assistant Professor of Humanities and Fine Arts. Before coming to SNHU, Prof. Root taught at Boston University, Rhode Island School of Design, Simmons College, Suffolk University, and University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth. His published works include The Cinema of Paul Thomas Anderson: From Hard Eight to Punch-Drunk Love (Lambert, 2009), and is currently working as an editor for Michael Haneke: Interviews (University Press of Mississippi, estimated 2017).

He also recently published an article in Quarterly Review of Film and Video entitled "Stretching the Screen: Horizontality, the CinemaScope Film, and the Cold War." His research interests include Film History, American art history, the history of architecture, and LGBTQ+ history.

Craig Wiggin

Craig H. Wiggin

Assistant Professor, Co-Chair (Justice Studies)

Craig Wiggin is an Assistant Professor of Justice Studies at Southern New Hampshire University. His time at SNHU began in 2013, when he served as an adjunct professor on the Manchester campus. There, he began teaching Justice Studies courses to undergraduates both in the classroom and online, and worked with his students to assist with their academic and career planning.

Wiggin is an excellent justice studies resource, having served with the Belknap County Sherriff's Department since 2007. As High Sherriff, Wiggin leads an organization of 55 sworn and civilian personnel, and is responsible for a wide range of law enforcement operations. Wiggin's prior experience includes serving in the Risk Management Division of Meredith Village Savings Bank, and as Director of Law Enforcement Operations with Sig Sauer, Inc. He was also the Major-Commander of the Field Operations Bureau in the New Hampshire Department of Safety from 1984 to 2005.

Outside of work, Wiggin belongs to the Meredith, NH Rotary Club and the Lakes Region Partnership for Public Health. He works with the NH Special Olympics, the Salvation Army Fundraising Committee, and a number of other nonprofit and charitable organizations.

Wiggin holds an A.S. and B.S. in Criminal Justice from Saint Anselm College in Goffstown, NH, a Certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Virginia, and a Master's of Education from Plymouth State University. In addition, he participated in the 239th session of the FBI National Academy and has received extensive in-service training through his law enforcement roles.

Charles Andrews

Charles Andrews

Associate Professor

Charles joined SNHU in 2013 as an assistant professor of history. Prior to SNHU, he was a visiting assistant professor of history at Transylvania University.

Andrews received several scholarships and awards including the Luce Foundation/ASIA network Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, Randolph-Macon College, Ashland, VA.

Publications include “Nittsu’s Company History as a Guide to the Early Modern Origins of Japan’s Modern Communications, Shashi: Journal of Japanese Business History (December 2012).

Andrews’ research interests include Social History of Early Modern and Modern Japan, Business and Communications History of Japan and History of Education in Japan.

Professional memberships include the Association for Asian Studies and the Early Modern Japan Network.

Paul Barresi

Paul A. Barresi


Paul A. Barresi holds a full-time appointment as Professor of Political Science and Environmental Law at Southern New Hampshire University and a part-time appointment as Adjunct Professor of Law at the Sun Yat-sen University School of Law in Guangzhou, China, where he was a Fulbright Lecturer in Law in 2016. Before joining the SNHU faculty in 2001, Professor 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 in-country 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. At SNHU, he teaches courses in environmental politics, public policy, and law; sustainable development; and sustainability. He has been nominated twice for an SNHU Excellence in Teaching Award.  

Professor 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 Subcommittee on Water Resources of the Committee on Public Works and Transportation 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.  

Professor Barresi's scholarly work has been published or has been accepted for publication in three languages on four continents. His conference and workshop presentations and ongoing scholarly collaborations and other professional activities are equally global in scope. He has authored or co-authored chapters in several books, including the leading U.S. treatise on the law of hazardous waste; the world's first reference handbook on the field of environmental leadership; two volumes of the world's longest-running book series on matters related to education, communication, and training for sustainable development; one of the inaugural volumes of another international sustainability book series; and the original Massachusetts Environmental Law Handbook. His articles on legal, political, and other topics have been published in a broad array of peer-reviewed academic journals and law reviews in the United States and abroad. Most recently, Professor Barresi served as co-editor of and as author or co-author of several chapters in Education for Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems: From Theory to Practice (Routledge, 2019), which is based on the work of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association's Sustainable Human and Environmental Systems Roundtable, which he also co-chairs. Professor Barresi also has been serving as co-editor of and contributor to a book of papers in collection by non-Chinese scholars of relevance to China's efforts to build an "ecological civilization" (shengtai wenming) for publication in China. He has served as a pro bono contributor to the development of the environmental impact assessment titles of an Environment and Natural Resources Code for the Kingdom of Cambodia and as an invited foreign expert on a U.S.-China environmental impact assessment law research team officially associated with the efforts of China's Ministry of Ecology and Environment's effort to revise China's environmental impact assessment law. He also was a visiting scholar at the Rajiv Gandhi National University of Law in Patiala, Punjab, India, in 2018.  

Professor Barresi was Founding Chair of the Northeastern (U.S.A.) Political Science Association's Section on Environmental Politics and Policy; has served on the Executive Committee of the National (U.S.A.) Council for Science and the Environment's ("NCSE") Council of Environmental Deans and Directors; and was an accredited NCSE delegate to the 4th United Nations Environment Assembly in Nairobi, Kenya. He currently serves on the editorial boards of the Interdisciplinary Environmental Association’s Interdisciplinary Environmental Review, the International Journal of Environment and Sustainable Development, and the World Review of Science, Technology and Sustainable Development, and is Founding Co-Editor in Chief of the Journal of Sustainability Research. At SNHU, he has served as President of the Faculty Senate and on a broad array of governance and other committees. 

As part of his scholarly work, Professor Barresi has translated an array of Russian environmental and policy materials into English. He also reads some Chinese characters and speaks some Mandarin Chinese. 

Kiki Berk

Kiki Berk

Associate Professor

Dr. Kiki Berk joined SNHU as an assistant professor of philosophy in 2012 after teaching for two years at Indiana University South Bend. She has developed two new courses at SNHU (Death and the Meaning of Life; Happiness and the Good Life) and co-developed a third (Food and Culture). In addition to these, she has taught Introduction to Philosophy, Introduction to Ethics, Introduction to Critical Thinking, and Religions of the World. In 2015, she was a finalist for SNHU’s Excellence in Teaching award.

Kiki was educated at the VU University Amsterdam, earning a Propedeuse cum laude (2001), an M.A. cum laude (2005), and a Ph.D. (2010)—all in philosophy. She was a visiting student in the Philosophy Department at the University of Notre Dame in 2005-2006 and Spring 2009.

Kiki’s current research interests include value theory (especially happiness), analytic existentialism (especially the meaning of life), and the philosophy of death. She has given numerous conference presentations and published a number of articles, book chapters, and book reviews.

Kiki is the Coordinator of the BA in Liberal Arts, a member of the School of Arts and Sciences Curriculum Committee, and a member of the University Committee on the Faculty.

Kiki’s professional affiliations include the International Association for Philosophy of Death and Dying, the American Association of Philosophy Teachers, the North American Sartre Society, New England Public Philosophers, and the Northern New England Philosophical Association.

Learn more about Berk in this faculty Q&A.

Francis Catano

Francis Catano


Dr. Francis Catano, a 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.

Rick Cook

Rick Cook

Director of Music / Instructor

Rick Cook was appointed full-time music lecturer at Southern New Hampshire University in the fall of 2008. During his short time at SNHU, the performing music program has grown from one ensemble to 14 and academic offerings have increased from one music appreciation course to a music minor and a music education major. Cook has taught music history, music theory, composition, jazz combo, concert band, orchestra, brass choir, rock band, concert chorus, chamber choir and music education courses at SNHU.

Cook is ABD from a Ph.D. in instrumental conducting/music education at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, where he studied with Dr. Frank Battisti, one of the world’s leading experts in wind conducting. As a doctoral assistant, Cook served as an assistant conductor for the UMass Wind Ensemble, Symphony Band, Concert Band and Marching Band, and observed student teachers. In 2005, he completed a master's degree in wind conducting/music education at the University of New Hampshire, studying conducting/composition primarily with Dr. Andrew Boysen Jr. He did undergraduate work at St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minn., where he studied conducting/composition with Dr. Timothy Mahr. Cook grew up off North Union Street, just up the road from SNHU, and attended Manchester Central High School, where he studied music with David Bresnahan.

Cook has written compositions performed by various performing ensembles throughout New England, including the UMass Symphony Band, the Manchester Central High School Wind Ensemble, the Manchester Memorial High School Orchestra, the Winnecunnet High School Band, various ensembles at the University of New Hampshire and the Nevers' Second Regiment Band. Cook’s Symphony #2 was premiered by the SNHU Wind Ensemble in fall of 2012.

As a trumpet player, Cook has performed with Clark Terry, Ingrid Jensen, Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Ballou and Dan Nolan. He served as the trumpet section leader for the Air National Guard Band of the Northeast from 2004-2010.

Prior to graduate school, Cook taught band, orchestra, chorus and general music to students (grades three through 12) in the New Hampshire public schools. He lives in Sandown, N.H., with his wife, Kim, a music teacher in the Timberlane school district, and his three cats. Rick Cook was recently named to the Union Leader's ''40 Under Forty'' list.

Vincent Corbo

Vincent Corbo Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Assistant Professor of Psychology Vincent Corbo, Ph.D., brings with him many years of teaching experience. He joins the Psychology Department having served as a teaching assistant or guest lecturer at prestigious schools including McGill University and Harvard University.

Dr. Corbo has spent over a decade giving lectures and presentations at a variety of conferences, with topics ranging from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) to Sex-Specific predictors of pain. He has published peer-reviewed articles in many scholarly journals and has multiple manuscripts in preparation and/or review. He has even published a number of textbook chapters in relevant subjects.

Dr. Corbo earned his Ph.D. through an Integrated Program in Neuroscience from McGill University, the same school where he earned his M.S. in Psychiatry. He is currently in the process of completing a postdoctoral fellowship through the Translational Research Center for Traumatic Brain Injury and Stress Disorders in the Boston University School of Medicine.

Chris Clamp

Christina Clamp


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, NECHE 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.

Peter Frost

Peter Frost


Dr. Peter Frost teaches psychology courses and conducts research in collaboration with undergraduate students. By helping students identify and conduct their own research projects, Frost believes they will take ownership of their learning and find their niche in psychology. These collaborations have resulted in recent publications and conference presentations with students as authors.  Other publications examine the effectiveness of various teaching techniques, including inter-teaching and flipped classrooms.

Frost's teaching and research interests include cognitive psychology and neuroscience. His current projects and publications focus on the lingering effects of using mobile devices on various aspects of higher cognition. Other studies have explored how personality relates to susceptibility to false memory and how faulty reasoning can alter autobiographical memory. He has been a recipient of the SNHU Excellence in Teaching Award and the SNHU President's Merit Award.

Frost received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Framingham State University, his Master of Arts in Neuroscience from Baylor University and his Doctor of Philosophy in Neuroscience from Baylor University.

Frost is a past president of New England Psychological Association and has served as an elected member of their steering committee.

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Christopher Healow

Christopher G. Healow

Assistant Professor (Philosophy)

Christopher Healow comes to SNHU with a decade of teaching experience at a number of higher education institutions, including Weber State University, the University of California, Davis, Woodland Community College, Johns Hopkins University - Center for Talented Youth, and Western Michigan University. He has previously taught courses on a wide range of philosophy topics, including Contemporary Moral Problems, Critical Thinking, Philosophy of Democracy, Ancient Philosophy, Symbolic Logic, and more.

Healow has earned a B.A. and M.A. in Philosophy. He is in the process of earning a Ph.D. in Philosophy, with a dissertation titled "Name & Object: The Semantic Role of Plato's Theory of Forms." His areas of specialization are Ancient Philosophy and Philosophy of Language.

Pam Jordan

Pamela Jordan

Associate Professor

Dr. Pamela Jordan joined SNHU in 2015 as an assistant professor of politics/global affairs. She arrived with two decades of teaching experience at universities in Canada and the United States. Outside of academe, Dr. Jordan has worked for the NGO Committee on Disarmament, which facilitates contacts between nongovernmental organizations in the field of disarmament and the United Nations, New York City; and for the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies, the Wilson Center (Smithsonian Institution), in Washington, DC. She has also worked as a consultant for the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe, the Soros Foundation, the American Bar Association, and USIA- and US AID-funded projects concerning civil society and legal reform in Russia.

Dr. Jordan received a Bachelor of Arts in Politics from Mount Holyoke College, South Hadley, Massachusetts; a Master of Arts in Russian and East European Studies from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor; and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Toronto, Canada.

Introductory political science courses that Dr. Jordan teaches include surveys on American politics and international relations. Her more specialized offerings encompass the theme of peace and conflict in the modern age. Among these are genocide and international justice, intelligence and national security, U.S. foreign policy, weapons of mass destruction, the United Nations and global governance, and world legal traditions.

Dr. Jordan's publication record reflects her versatile, interdisciplinary approach to scholarship on human rights, legal politics, espionage, international relations, and world trade. Her latest book, Stalin's Singing Spy: The Life and Exile of Nadezhda Plevitskaya (Rowman & Littlefield, 2016), is a biography of a Russian peasant woman who achieved fame as one of Tsar Nicholas II's favorite singers and infamy as one of Stalin's agents in interwar Europe. Her other major publications include Defending Rights in Russia: Lawyers, the State, and Legal Reform in the Post-Soviet Era (University of British Columbia Press, 2005) and articles in such scholarly journals as African Studies Quarterly, American Journal of Comparative Law, Canadian Slavonic Papers, Demokratizatsiya: The Journal of Post-Soviet Democratization, Europe-Asia Studies, Human Rights Quarterly, The Journal of Communist Studies and Transition Politics, and Post-Soviet Affairs.  She can be reached at

Jay Kosegarten

Jay Kosegarten

Associate Professor

Since 2011, Dr. Jay Kosegarten has been an SNHU assistant professor of Psychology. His courses taught include research methods, abnormal psychology, social psychology and introduction to psychology. Kosegarten has conducted research involving visual perception and logic that includes the work behind his doctoral dissertation: ''If a duck were a rabbit: The logic of perceptual ambiguity and the importance of context.'' He has recently presented conference papers about the logic of the ''Monty Hall problem'' and about certainty regarding syllogistic reasoning. Other research has examined counterfactual reasoning and theory of mind.

Kosegarten received his Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Connecticut College, and a Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology from Long Island University-Brooklyn.

Kosegarten has delivered several presentations and published articles including Kosegarten, J. & Kose, G. (2008). Aspects of Wittgenstein’s psychological concepts. ''Varieties of Theoretical Psychology: International, philosophical, and practical concerns,'' pp. 357-364. Teo, Stenner, Rutherford, Park & Baerveldt (eds). Captus Press, Concord, Ontario, CA.

He is a member of the American Psychological Association, Jean Piaget Society, Society for Research in Child Development, International Society for Theoretical Psychology and the New England Psychological Association.

John McCannon

John McCannon

Full Professor

An associate professor of history, Dr. John McCannon joined SNHU in 2011, having taught previously at universities in Louisiana, Vermont, New York, and Canada. His areas of research and teaching expertise include Russia and modern Europe, the Arctic regions, the history of aviation and exploration, and military history.

McCannon received a Bachelor of Arts in History and Russian/East European Studies at Yale University as well as a Master of Arts and a Doctor of Philosophy in History from the University of Chicago.

McCannon has written extensively about the Russian and global Arctic. His works include the award-winning "Red Arctic: Polar Exploration and the Myth of the North in the Soviet Union, 1932-1939," published by Oxford University Press in 1998, and "A History of the Arctic: Nature, Exploration and Exploitation," released by Reaktion Press in 2012. Both books were designated Outstanding Academic Titles by the journal Choice: Reviews for Academic Libraries. He has also written widely on topics related to Russian/Soviet art and culture; currently, he is completing a biography of the Russian painter and explorer Nicholas Roerich.

A former editor of the Canadian Journal of History, McCannon has served as a consultant for the Discovery Channel, National Geographic TV, Buzzfeed, and Outside magazine. He is the recipient of research grants from, among others, the National Endowment of the Humanities (NEH), the American Historical Association (AHA), and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) of Canada. He has delivered numerous papers at venues as diverse as the Rachel Carson Center of the Deutsches Museum in Munich, Germany; the D. S. Likhachev Research Institute in Moscow, Russia; the Cambridge Courtauld Russian Art Centre in Cambridge and London, UK; and the Russian Academy of Sciences, in St. Petersburg, Russia.

For high-school students, McCannon is also author of the "Barron's AP World History" test preparation guide, currently in its eighth edition.

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Ann Nordmeyer

Ann E. Nordmeyer Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Ann Nordmeyer is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in the SNHU Psychology department. Before joining the SNHU staff, Nordmeyer served as an Instructor and Co-Instructor at Stanford University, teaching Developmental Psychology and Language and Thought.

Nordmeyer also served as a teaching assistant at Stanford, helping to educate students in a variety of psychology courses. She has been a guest lecturer in a number of Stanford classes, and in the process of publishing several manuscripts on psychology-related subjects. She has published peer-reviewed articles and has even contributed a chapter to an edited textbook, Thematic Approaches for Teaching Introductory Psychology. She has also presented at several teaching conferences and departmental talks.

Nordmeyer earned her B.A. in Psychology from Smith College in 2011, and expects to earn her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology from Stanford University in 2016.

Justina Oliveria

Justina Oliveira

Associate Professor

Justina Oliveira joined SNHU in 2015 as an assistant professor of psychology. Oliveira previously taught social psychology courses at Baruch College. Courses taught include Social Psychology, Advanced Social Psychology, and Psychology Research Methods.

Oliveira received her Bachelor of Arts in Spanish and her Bachelor of Applied Science in Psychology from the University of Minnesota Duluth, her Master of Philosophy from the Graduate Center, CUNY, her Master of Science in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Baruch College and her Doctor of Philosophy in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from CUNY.

Publications include Mellert, L., Scherbaum, C., Oliveira, J.M., & Wilke, B. Examining the relationship between organizational change and financial loss. Journal of Organizational Change Management (in press). Presentations include Oliveira, J.M. (2014, March). The effects of faultline activation and cross-cutting diversity dimensions on team processes. Poster presented at the annual conference for the Eastern Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Professional affiliations include Society of Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Eastern Psychological Association, American Psychological Association and the Society for Humanitarian Work in Psychology.

Learn more about Oliveira in this faculty Q&A.

Elise N. Pepin

Elise N. Pepin


Joining SNHU in 2007, Dr. Elise N. Pepin is an associate professor of Psychology. Courses taught include Human Growth & Development (Life Span Development), Issues in Child Development, Issues in Adolescent Development, Social Development in Childhood & Adolescence, Introduction to Psychology, First Year Seminar, and Readings & Research in Psychology.

Pepin received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from Brandeis University, her Master of Arts in Developmental Psychology, Master of Science in College Teaching and Doctor of Philosophy in Developmental Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.

Her recent presentations include Pepin, E. N., Dalton, D. & Chausse, B. (2011, October). "Psychological Benefits of College Student's Campus Involvement." Paper presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association (NEPA). Fairfield, C.; Pepin, E. N., Cohen, S. & Heyman, J. (2011, October). "Psychosocial Development, Social Support, & Depression in College." Paper presented at the 51st Annual Meeting of the New England Psychological Association (NEPA). Fairfield, CT.

Publications include Pepin, E. N., & Banyard, V. L. (2006). "Social support: A mediator between child maltreatment and developmental outcomes." Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 35(4), 617-630.

Service at SNHU includes vice chair of and representative of the Psychology Department to the School of Arts & Sciences Curriculum Committee, University Curriculum Committee member and secretary, General Education Committee, and advisor to Psi Chi.

Pepin was nominated in 2010 and 2011 for the SNHU Teaching Excellence Award.

Vanessa Rocco

Vanessa Rocco

Associate Professor

Dr. Vanessa Rocco joined SNHU in 2012 as an assistant professor of Art History. Courses taught include History and Development of Visual Art, including Modernism and the survey courses in the humanities series. Rocco has done extensive teaching and research in her particular specialty -  the history and aesthetics of photography. Prior to SNHU, Rocco lived in New York City where she taught graduate and undergraduate courses at Pratt Institute. 

Rocco has a Bachelor of Art from American University and a master's in Philosophy and Ph.D. in Art History from City University of New York.

Rocco has numerous peer reviewed articles and essays. Publications include her most recent book, ''The New Woman International: Representations in Photography and Film from the 1870s through the 1960s,'' published in 2011 by the University of Michigan Press and converted to paperback in 2012. She has been curator or assistant curator of exhibits in Barcelona, New York’s International Center of Photography and the Guggenheim.


Lisa Speeopolous

Lisa Speropolous Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

After serving as an adjunct professor at the University of New Hampshire in 2016 and 2017, Dr. Lisa Speropolous joined SNHU as an assistant professor in the justice studies department. She previously worked with SNHU Online as a team lead for sociology, political science and anthropology, and worked as an adjunct faculty member during that time. She has also previously spent time as an adjunct faculty member with North Shore Community College in Danvers, MA.

Dr. Speropolous earned her Doctor of Philosophy in Sociology from the University of New Hampshire. Her substantive area was in crime and conflict and her dissertation was titled “Effects of a STEAM Focused Education Program on Students’ Academic Performance, Engagement in Risk-Taking Behaviors, and Perceptions of College and Career Readiness.” She earned her MS in Criminal Justice from Northeastern University, and her BA in Psychology from the University of New Hampshire.

Deborah Varat

Deborah Varat


Dr. Deborah A. Varat has been teaching art history and humanities at SNHU since 2004 and has served as chair of the Humanities and Fine Arts Department since 2007.  She teaches humanities survey courses as well as upper-level courses in arts of the modern period. 

Varat received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of Rochester, and an Master of Arts and Ph.D. in Art History from Boston University. While in graduate school, Varat taught art history at area schools and was a gallery lecturer at the Museum of Fine Arts.

Professor Varat has presented a variety of papers related to art and family life in 18th century England, her dissertation topic, including "Family Life Writ Small: 18th Century English Dollhouses." More recently, she has developed a series of talks on art and Judaism for local synagogues and an interest in the history of photography. She will curate an exhibit on campus in the spring of 2013 on photographic images of children.

Committee service at SNHU includes the General Education Committee, the SAS Promotions Committee, Common Book Committee and the McIninch Advisory Board, as well as many search committees that have helped to bring valuable new faculty to the school.