Fellows of the 2001 Class

Robert R. Tomes's picture
  • Ph.D., History, New York University
  • P.D. Education, Administration and Supervision, City University of New York
Robert R.

Professor of History

  • Civic Engagement and Political Responsibility in Contemporary American Society
  • The human cost of war in the American experience.

"The Vincentian Center has blessed me with many benefits, one of which is to participate in intense intellectual conversation with colleagues passionately sharing mutual concerns about social justice and the role of the Church in today's world."

St. John's University

Robert R. Tomes is a Professor of History in the College of Professional Studies and a Senior Vincentian Research Fellow. His research interests include the social and moral costs of war in the American experience and political activism in youth. He is a member of the American Historical Association. Dr. Tomes holds a Ph.D. in History from New York University. He is the author of Apocalypse Then: American Intellectuals and the Vietnam War and is co-author of an American history textbook now in its 5th edition, American Issues.

Michael A. Simons's picture
  • J.D., Law, Harvard Law School
Michael A.

Dean, John V. Brennan Professor of Law and Ethics

  • Criminal punishment and sentencing, prosecutorial decision-making, and the intersection of retribution, remorse, and religion.

"My experience as a fellow has enriched my research by deepening my awareness of the multiple ways in which poverty affects social justice and by always challenging me to examine the social justice implications of my work."

St. John's University

Michael A. Simons is the Dean of Law and a Brennan Professor of Law and Ethics at St. John's University School of Law. He teaches courses in Evidence, Criminal Law, and Sentencing. He was appointed a Senior Vincentian Research Fellow in 2003 pursuing his research interest in the role of remorse in sentencing. He clerked for the Honorable Louis F. Oberdorfer of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia and later served as a staff attorney for The Washington Post as an associate at Stillman, Friedman & Shaw, and as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Southern District of New York. He holds a Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School where he was also editor of the Law Review.

Steven D. Papamarcos's picture
  • Ph.D., Organization and Policy Studies, City University of New York
Steven D.

Dean and Professor of Management

  • Culture’s economic consequences
  • Socio-economic development projects
  • Service-learning.

"The Vincentian Fellows are actionoriented, operationalizing St. John's mission and making a real difference in the everyday lives of others."

St. John's University

Joanne M. Carroll, Ph.D.'s picture
  • Ph.D., Biology, City University of New York
Joanne M.

Associate Professor

  • Technology and its impact on what it means to be human; ways to promote health as a basic human right; impact of poverty and social structure on health

"As technology advances, it is a critical time to relate values and technology. The 21st century challenge is how to utilize technological advances to better serve the good of the global community, especially those living in poverty.I have been pleased to promote this dialogue through coordination of the Religion and Science lecture series."

St. John's University

Pharmaceutical companies are among the world’s most profitable enterprises. Yet, every day we hear about millions of people who barely subsist, let alone have money for medicines. In the Third World they die of diseases developed countries overcame decades ago. They die of diseases whose cures go unresearched because they would turn little profit. Inequities exist as well among the urban poor in our own nation. What’s wrong with this picture? It’s a question that Joanne Carroll wants everyone to consider.
“We are facing a crisis in terms of who benefits from the fruits of our technology and knowledge,” she says. “It is a moral, political, and scientific question, and we have to look at how we can incorporate the question of equity in our thinking, our actions and our world view.”
During her tenure as a Fellow of the Vincentian Center for Church and Society here at St. John’s, she and a St. John’s College colleague created a lecture and discussion series on how religion and science can combine forces to address poverty. In her required public health course, pharmacy students look at current health issues and analyze not only the medical causes of disease, but also the social, economic and political factors that contribute to health and disease.
“We have the resources to reduce or eliminate global poverty, but what is it that we as individuals and a society are willing to do?” she asks. “I don’t have the answers. But, if I can engage in sincere discussion with students and raise awareness of the global situation, maybe some in my class will find a way to become part of the solution.”

Michele I. Nowosad's picture
  • Ph.D., Educational Administration, Fordham University
Michele I.


  • Educational leadership effectiveness in economically impoverished communities
  • Servant Leadership

"The Fellows program contributes to the learning community at St. John's University through shared learning, teaching, networking, reflection and planning with individuals who share values dealing with social justice and poverty.The experience of being a Fellow has enriched every facet of my life and those whom I serve."

St. John's University

Marilyn A. Martone's picture
  • Ph.D., Fordham University
Marilyn A.

Associate Professor

  • Women, children and justice: medical ethics, health care needs of the chronically ill, and disabilities from the perspective of people who are poor

"An added dimension of my experience of being a Fellow is the opportunity to serve as a faculty expert in the Holy See Mission in the United Nations.This opportunity has forced me to look at many issues from a more global perspective and appreciate the interconnection among people."

St. John's University

Marilyn A. Martone is a moral theologian and Vincentian Research Fellow whose research and teaching focus on the distribution of health resources and issues of rehabilitation of brain-trauma victims. She is presently serving as a Weill Cornell Medical College Disabilities Ethics Fellow for 2007. She holds a Ph.D. from Fordham University and teaches graduate and undergraduate theology students in St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences holding the position of Associate Professor. She offers courses in Theology in the Marketplace, Health Care Ethics, and Women, Children and Justice. She is widely published in many academic journals and has lectured internationally, most recently in Padua, Italy. Marilyn A. Martone, formerly an Associate Professor of the Department of Theology, St. John's College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, recently retired from that position and continues her association with St. John's as an Adjunct Professor in the master's program in Global Development and Social Justice. A Senior Vincentian Research Fellow, her research and publications probe the distribution of health care services primarily in the area of rehabilitation and justice for women. She is widely published in many academic journals and has lectured internationally. Since 2004, she has served as an expert on women for the Holy See Mission to the United Nations. Dr. Martone holds a Ph.D. from Fordham University.

Food for Thought

Catholic universities will be particularly attentive to the poorest and to those who suffer economic, social, cultural or religious injustice. This responsibility begins within the academic community but it also finds application beyond it.

Pope John Paul II, Ex Corde Ecclesiae (40)