Faculty Bios



ANA FUNES-MADEREY (Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa)

Ana Laura Funes M. (Ph.D. University of Hawaii at Manoa) is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at ECSU. Her research interests involve topics related to bodily self-awareness in various contexts (theoretical: introspection and proprioception; and practical: yoga, health, gender), French phenomenology, somaesthetics, the influence of emotions in perception, embodied theories of mind, and the relation body-mind-consciousness as understood in Indian philosophies such as Yoga, Sāmkhya, Advaita Vedānta, and Kashmir Shaivism. 

Before joining ESCU, she taught for three years as full time faculty in the Master of Arts in Yoga Studies at Loyola Marymount University, Los Angeles.

Research interests

Indian Philosophy, Philosophy of Body/Mind, Phenomenology, Metaphysics, Hermeneutics, Non-Western Philosophy, Philosophy of Religion, Feminist Philosophy.

Curriculum Vitae

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Contact Information

Webb Hall, Room 348
Email: funesmadereya@easternct.edu
Tel: (860) 465 -0244


NICOLE KRASSAS (Ph.D. University of Iowa)

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANicole Krassas is a Professor of Political Science who is the product of public higher education. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Iowa and her B.A. and M.A. degrees from the State University of New York at Albany. Her primary area of research and teaching is in U.S. Domestic Politics. She has taught more than 20 different courses since arriving at Eastern in 1995, including Politics and the Mass Media, Women and Politics, and The Presidency. Her latest research agenda has moved her into the area of education policy. This new foray into education policy has enabled her to speak to an important and relevant political issue and to do research with students. Professor Krassas finds the work she does with students to be the most rewarding. She has taken about a dozen students to academic conferences to present research findings and hopes to do more in the future.  A good university citizen, Professor Krassas has won awards for both teaching and service.

Research Interests

Political rhetoric and campaigns, politics of intersectionality (race, class and gender politics) and education policy.

Contact Information

Webb Hall, Room 327
Email: krassasn@easternct.edu
Tel: (860) 465 -5034
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MARTÍN MENDOZA-BOTELHO (Ph.D. University of Cambridge)

Martín Mendoza-Botelho (Ph.D. University of Cambridge) is Associate Professor at ECSU. His primary field is political economy at the comparative level, with emphasis on developing countries and his region of origin Latin America. His research and teaching addressed comparative elements of political economy and democratization, with particular attention to institutions and social capital.

His geographical focus is his country of origin Bolivia, the Andean Region and Latin America in general, though his comparative interests extend to other developing countries.

Recently, he has published the article “Social Capital and Institutional Trust. Evidence from Bolivia’s Popular Participation decentralisation reforms” at the Journal of Development Studies and has several other articles and book chapters published on topics related to the quality of democracy in Bolivia.

Before joining ECSU, Professor Mendoza-Botelho taught for several years at Tulane University as Visiting Assistant Professor and was visiting scholar at the University of Michigan. He also serves as Academic Instructor for the Graduate School of Political Management at the George Washington University and he is affiliated with the Payson Center for Development Studies at Tulane. Prior his transition to academia, he served at several international organizations, including the Organization of American States (OAS), the United Nations Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean (UN-ECLAC) in Washington D.C. and the United Nations Children Fund (UNICEF) in Bolivia.

His current research agenda is related to the notion of the welfare state in Latin America under the reemergence of leftist ideology, and notions of institutional readjustment such as constitutional reforms, decentralization and populism.

Research Interests

Political economy, international relations, poverty reduction initiatives; decentralization and local development; regional and local fiscal management; inequality and economic growth; human and social development, processes of social and indigenous participation; political institutional transformation; democratization and citizenship; human rights; social capital and social policies.

Curriculum Vitae

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Contact Information

Webb Hall, Room 355
Email: mendozabotelhom@easternct.edu
Tel: (860) 465 -5257
Web site: http://easternct.academia.edu/MartinMendozaBotelho


CHRISTOPHER VASILLOPOLUS (Ph.D. University of California at Berkeley)

Professor Vasillopulos graduated magna cum laude from Hobart College and received his masters and doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley.  He has published articles in a wide variety of professional journals and presented papers at international conferences in Europe and the Middle East.  He has published The Political Theology of the Hitler Movement.

Contact Information

Webb Hall, Room 354
Email: vasillopuloc@easternct.edu
Tel: (860) 465 -4602



PATRICK VITALE (Ph.D. University of Toronto)


Patrick Vitale is an Assistant Professor of Geography at Eastern Connecticut State University. He graduated with a Ph.D. from the University of Toronto, an M.A. from Syracuse, and a B.A. from the University of Pittsburgh. He is an urban, economic, and historical geographer. His research broadly examines the effects of suburbanization, science and technology, and war on North American cities. He has published his work in The Annals of the Association of American Geographers, Environment and Planning A, Journal of Urban History, International Journal of Urban and Regional Research, and other academic journals and more popular venues. He is currently completing a book, The Atomic Capital of the World, which explores the role of science and engineering in the remaking of Pittsburgh during the Cold War. His new research turns to Connecticut and asks two broad questions: 1) how did the insurance industry shape the Hartford region in its interests and 2) how have war and military spending transformed the state and its economy over the past century.

Patrick is committed to creating a classroom where students can apply concepts from geography to the places where they live, work, and study. When not working, he enjoys exploring Connecticut, eating obscure New England delicacies, and swimming.

Research interests:

Science and technology; scientists and engineers; suburbanization; industrialization and deindustrialization; the Rustbelt; urban renewal; war and militarization; class, racism, and patriarchy; and Marxist theory

Contact information:

Webb Hall, Room 325
Email: vitalep@easternct.edu
Tel: (860) 465 -5248
Web site: https://patrickvitalecv.wordpress.com/