Maddalena Marinari, Ph.D.
Academic Director
Assistant Professor, Department of History
Cell: (785) 312-4882

Maddalena Marinari is Assistant Professor of American history. She specializes in the histories of immigration, race and ethnicity, transnational cultures and political activism, and culture and identity in the modern United States.  Before arriving at St. Bonaventure University, she was a visiting assistant professor at American University in Washington, DC, and, while finishing her dissertation, worked for the American Historical Association and the National History Center. While at the National History Center, she was the coordinator for a National Endowment for the Humanities summer institute about American immigration. She recently submitted an article about the fascinating story behind the passage of the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, one of the most important pieces of U.S. legislation of the twentieth century because it literally changed the face of American society. She is currently working on a second article that explores why the coalition of immigration reformers that successfully pushed for the passage of the DP Acts immediately after World War II failed to hold together in its mobilization against the McCarran-Walter bill in 1952.  She has also had the opportunity to present her research at national conferences, most recently at the annual meeting of the American Historical Association, the Organization of American Historians, the Social Science History Association, and the Society for Historians of Foreign Relations. Finally, she has published articles in edited volumes, book reviews of seminal immigration history monographs for Italian peer-reviewed journals, and several encyclopedia entries on Italian and Jewish migration, immigration restriction and exclusion in the United States during the twentieth century, and American immigration policy. At St. Bonaventure, she teaches classes in immigration history, immigration and movies, and modern American history.

Phillip Payne
Assistant Academic Director
Professor, Department of History

Phillip Payne, Ph.D., is a Professor and Chairperson of the History Department and author of Dead Last: The Public Memory of Warren G. Harding's Scandalous Memory (2009) and other articles and essays in the history of popular culture and economics.  He has served on St. Bonaventure's faculty for 15 years where he teaches United States and Public History.  He has also been involved in community-based public history projects and been an active participant in the Teaching American History program.  At St. Bonaventure he has taught a wide variety of classes, including United States History surveys, World War II, Introduction to Public History, Digital History and Archival Practices, History Internship, United States Political History, and Twentieth Century America in Film and History (with Paul Spaeth).  Prior to joining the faculty, he worked in museums, including the Ohio Historical Society. 

Melissa Yaworsky, M.A.
Administrative Coordinator

Ms. Yaworsky has a master's degree in Higher Education Administration from Indiana State University.  She has been employed at St. Bonaventure University since 1996, serving as Counselor and Associate Director of the Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) until 2004, then moving to serve as Website Coordinator for the Office of Admissions.  During her years in HEOP, she coordinated their five-week academic summer programs.

Peer Mentors
Sara Bova

Peer Mentor
(814) 203-3233 (cell.)

Sara Bova is a junior majoring in History/Political Science at the University of Pittsburgh at Bradford. She also minors in International Studies and Criminal Justice. It was here that she developed her love for nature. She just finished her term as the Historian on the Student Government Board, which was one of her favorite positions on campus. She belongs to a sorority, Blue and Gold Society, and works at the computer labs. When she is not studying or working, she likes to play ping-pong, read, take nature walks, and hang out with her friends. One of her favorite experiences of her life was the chance to study in Cusco, Peru. Sara learned so much about herself and others, and realized that there are many things to see and understand in this world. She is very proud of her Native American and American heritage. She loves to cook healthy food that actually tastes good as well! Throughout her life, Sara has overcame many adversities. She believes in a positive attitude, and that as human beings we should be there for each other. 

Shannon Conheady
Peer Mentor
(585) 469-0206 (cell.)

I'm Shannon, a senior year student at Bonaventure who is just returning from a semester abroad in Northern Ireland. I study history and journalism in the hopes of doing something related to non-profit work or journalism, I haven't quite decided. At school I play rugby, am involved with the environmental group, and sing with our a cappella group. I thoroughly enjoy being outside, listening to music, playing sports,and reading. I have two older sisters, an older brother, and one nephew who is almost three. I have been involved with musicals since I was eight and loved working on the sets with the cast and crew. I cannot wait to meet all of you and get to know you more in the coming weeks! If you have any questions feel free to email me before you arrive!

Paul C. Leonardo
Peer mentor
(646) 632-5155 (cell.)
Paulcleonardo@gmail.com / leonarpc09@bonaventure.edu

Hi, my name is Paul Leonardo and I will be one of your mentors  this summer. Born in the Bronx, I've lived throughout almost every borough in New York City, but Harlem is home.I'm a recent graduate from St. Bonaventure University with a bachelors degree in Political Science and Spanish with a concentration in International Relations. I'll start my journey in obtaining my Masters degree on Global Affairs in the fall from Rutgers University.  This will be my second year as a mentor for SUSI and cannot wait for what this summer has to offer. On my free time I enjoy writing/producing music,reading, playing rugby or baseball, watching movies, dancing, cooking and going out with friends. I'm a laid back individual who has a passion for learning. I expect only the best for the summer and cannot wait to meet all of you guys.

Diana Olson
Peer mentor
(716) 378-6698 (cell.)

Hello!  My name is Diana Olson.  I am from Great Valley, New York and I live about twenty minutes away from the St. Bonaventure campus where you will be spending your time this summer.  I come from a very large family. I am one of ten kids!  I have six brothers and three sisters.  I am a graduate of St. Bonaventure and am currently working as an elementary teacher in a local school.  St. Bonaventure is my second home because it is so dear to my heart.  I continue to be a part of the St. Bonaventure community throughout the year, but especially in the summer.  I am very involved in the community through different organizations.  During the summer months, I spend a great deal of time outside walking, running, biking, swimming, and participating in other outdoor activities.  Soccer and volleyball are my two favorite sports to play, but I enjoy watching football and basketball.  I also enjoy reading, scrapbooking, crocheting, making craft projects, and bowling.  I listen to a wide variety of music and enjoy attending concerts.  I am looking forward to meeting each and everyone of you, and getting to know who you are. 

•    Paul Brawdy, Ed.D., Associate Professor and Chairperson, Department of Physical Education, St. Bonaventure University
•    Helma de Vries-Jordan, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Pittsburgh at Bradford
•    Carol Horowitz, Urban Planner, M.A. Harvard University
•    Mary Rose Kubal, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science, St. Bonaventure University
•    Bart Lambert, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, St. Bonaventure University
•    Chris Mackowski, M.F.A., Associate Professor, Jandoli School of Journalism and Mass Communications, St. Bonaventure University
•    Penny Messinger, Ph.D., Associate Professor, Department of History and Government, Daemen College
•    Rachel Walsh, ABD, Lecturer, Department of English, St. Bonaventure University