Dec 06, 2021  
2020-2021 Catalog 
2020-2021 Catalog

Department of Humanities Faculty & Staff

Note: For all faculty listings in this section of the catalog, the year when a faculty member joined the Academy staff follows each name. Other information includes the individual’s faculty rank, degrees earned, where obtained, professional licenses held, and military affiliation. In a department that includes more than one discipline, the faculty member’s area of specialization is indicated.

Superscripts used in this listing are:

1faculty member has received the Academy’s Vice Admiral Gordon McLintock Award for Exemplary Leadership
2faculty member has received the Academy’s Sue Alice McNulty Award for Distinguished Teaching.
3faculty member has received the Captain C.A. Prosser Award for Student Service.
4faculty member has held command at sea of an unlimited tonnage vessel.

Department Head

CAPT John V. Clune, USMS (2021)
B.S., United States Air Force Academy
M.A., University of Colorado
Ph.D., University of Kansas


Assistant Department Head

LCDR Patrick J. Speelman, USMS (2012)
B.A., The Ohio State University
M.A., Temple University
Ph.D., Temple University



Laury Magnus (1981)
B.A., Brooklyn College
M.Phil., CUNY

Melanie Ross (2004)

A.B., Princeton
M.A., New York University
Ph.D., New York University

Joshua Smith (2003)
M.A. (Honours), University of St. Andrews
A.S., Maine Maritime Academy
M.A., East Carolina University
Ph.D., University of Maine

Gregory F. Sullivan (2006)
B.A., University of California, Berkeley
M.A., Yale University
Ph.D., Yale University

Jeffrey F. Taffet (2002)
B.A., Franklin and Marshall
M.A., Georgetown
Ph.D., Georgetown

Rosanne Wasserman (1991)
B.A., Indiana
M.F.A., Columbia


Associate Professors

Susan Comilang (2015)
B.A., Columbia Union College
M.A., Washington State University
Ph.D., George Washington University

Paul Devlin (2015)
B.A. St. John’s University
M.A. St. John’s University
Ph.D. Stony Brook University (SUNY)

LCDR Jennifer L. Speelman, USMS (2011)
B.A., Pennsylvania State
M.A., Temple
Ph.D., Temple



Dan Irving (2018)
B.A., Queens College
M.A., Binghamton University
Ph.D., Stony Brook University


Administrative Assistant 

Torey Johnson (2019)


Professors Emeriti

Jane Pacht Brickman (1981)
B.A., Queens College
M.A., Ph.D., CUNY

Arthur L. Donovan
(History, 1988-2003)
A.B., Harvard
M.S., Wisconsin
Ph.D., Princeton

Robert P. Gardella
(History, 1977- 2006)
B.A., Rice
M.S., Ph.D., Washington

Jacques Szaluta 2
(History, 1965-2001)
B.S., New York University
M.A., Ph.D., Columbia