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Honors College faculty are highly respected and accomplished researchers and scholars, dedicated to helping students succeed in the classroom and in life, as well as active leaders in their community.

Susan Dinan, PhD


Susan Dinan has earned the respect of her colleagues and students, as recognized by the Athletic Director’s Award for her support of intercollegiate athletics, the Faculty Service Award, and the student government Students First award for service to students at William Paterson University. She has twice presented at National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) conferences, organizes and presents at academic workshops around the globe and has delivered plenary addresses, published peer-reviewed articles and encyclopedia entries, and produced an edited collection and a monograph. Dr. Dinan’s scholarly work is focused on Reformation history, the role of women in charity and religion, and the development and delivery of creative, inclusive and effective honors education.

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Craig Carson, PhD

Associate Dean

Craig Carson, PhD, received his doctorate in Comparative Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2007 and is a former Harper-Schmidt Fellow at the University of Chicago. Dr. Carson taught at the University of Paris at Nanterre from 2003-2005.  Prior to becoming Associate Dean in the Honors College, he was an Associate Professor in the English Department. In 2013-2014, Dr. Carson won the Teaching Excellence Award for untenured faculty at Adelphi.

In addition to numerous articles, book chapters, and translations, Dr. Carson is the author of the book The Aesthetics of Democracy: Eighteenth-Century Literature and Political Economy (Palgrave Macmillan, 2017). His teaching and research interests include literary theory, aesthetics, political theory, and ecocriticism.

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Nicholas X. Rizopoulos, PhD

Academic Director

Nicholas Rizopoulos, PhD, graduated from Yale University summa cum laude, earning a Bachelor of Arts and a doctoral degree, both in history. He also taught at Yale for many years. Dr. Rizopoulos served as executive director of the Lehrman Institute, a research organization devoted to contemporary historical studies and U.S. foreign policy. Prior to his appointment at Adelphi in 1994, he served as director of studies at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.

The author and editor of a number of important publications and studies in foreign policy and international relations, Dr. Rizopoulos recently served as the senior consulting editor for the four-volume Encyclopedia of U.S. Foreign Relations from Oxford University Press. In addition to his work as the Honors College thesis supervisor, Dr. Rizopoulos teaches Honors College courses in politics and literature, the Cold War, World War I and other topics in history and foreign relations. He also teaches, for a select group of Honors College students, a rigorous independent studies tutorial based on the Oxford model.

Nicole Rudolph, PhD

Academic Director

Nicole Rudolph, PhD, holds graduate degrees from several institutions, including a Master’s degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Pittsburgh, a DEA in Social Sciences from the Ecole Normale Supérieure and the Ecole des Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales in Paris, and a PhD in interdisciplinary French Studies from New York University. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Research Award and came to Adelphi University in 2009 from Columbia University, where she directed the Maison Française. Before joining the Honors College, Dr. Rudolph was Associate Professor in the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures and held a joint appointment in the Department of History. She has also served as the Director of Adelphi’s International Studies Program.

Dr. Rudolph’s research brings together political, social, and cultural history. She has worked as the Managing Editor of the journal French Politics, Culture and Society and is author of the book At Home in Postwar France: Modern Mass Housing and the Right to Comfort

She also serves as a member of the Board of Visitors for the University Honors College at the University of Pittsburgh, her alma mater, where she was elected to Phi Beta Kappa in her junior year.

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