Andrew Wise, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of History, Department Chair

235 Duns Scotus

Dr. Andrew Kier Wise graduated summa cum laude from the University of Missouri-Columbia with Bachelors of Arts degrees in History (with honors) and Russian Area Studies. He earned a MA and PhD in History from the University of Virginia. Dr. Wise has taught at Daemen College since 1997. He has served on several major committees, including the Educational Planning Committee, Faculty Senate, Planning Committee for the Inaugural Academic Festival, and the Honor Program Development Committee. In 2011, Dr. Wise coordinated the creation of a Faculty Mentor Program and Faculty Research Seminar. Currently he serves as Chair of the History & Political Science Department and Faculty Chair of the Equity and Diversity Initiatives Council.

Dr. Wise’s professional service includes his creation in 2012 of the exchange program between Daemen College and Państwowa Wyższa Szkoła Wschodnioeuropejska (PWSW, or the East European State Higher School) in Przemyśl, Poland. In July 2013, Dr. Wise supervised the participation of five Daemen students in the inaugural Daemen College Summer Program in Poland. Dr. Wise co-founded and coordinated the Charles Timberlake Memorial Symposium in Russian Studies (2009-2011), which continues to meet annually in St. Louis, MO. He currently is a peer reviewer for the Polish historical journal Studia Historyczne and has served as book review editor for the journal Russian History (1998-2001).

Dr. Wise’s research has a global perspective. He has delivered over two dozen original research papers at conferences in the US, Canada, the United Kingdom, Poland, and Israel. He has conducted archival research in the US, Canada, Poland, and Russia. His research interests include the construction of civil society and multiculturalism in Russia and Poland.

Dr. Wise has authored a political biography of Aleksander Lednicki, contributed chapters to three other books, and published articles in such peer-reviewed journals as The Polish Review, Studies in Christian-Jewish Relations, and Mots Pluriels. Currently, Dr. Wise’s monograph on the historical philosophy of Feliks Koneczny is under review for publication, and he is engaged in a collaborative research project (with Dr. Penny Messinger, Associate Professor of History) on the lives of radical Buffalo activists Anna and Boris Reinstein.

Dr. Wise also has a global range in his teaching. In 2012, he presented a series of lectures with Dr. Brenda Young (Professor of Natural Sciences, Director of Global & Local Sustainability) on “Environmental Sustainability in the 21st Century” at the Beijing University of Chinese Medicine. He has served as AP World History Reader (2008-2011) and regularly teaches the World History sequence at Daemen. He is co-creator of the Global Studies Minor and teaches the course “Introduction to Global Studies.” Dr. Wise has taught two dozen different courses at Daemen. These include eleven courses that are new to Daemen, such as “Ancient Mediterranean World,” “History of the Byzantine Empire,” “Introduction to Polish Culture,” and “Introduction to Russian Culture.” Dr. Wise also regularly teaches a course on historiography and the senior thesis sequence.

The New York Council for the Humanities awarded Dr. Wise three grants for projects related to such areas as post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) among war veterans and the experiences of refugees who resettle in the US. Along with Dr. Joseph Sankoh and Dr. Lisa Parshall (Associate Professors of Political Science), Dr. Wise developed a seminar on “Deepening Civic Engagement, Global Competency and Service to the Global Community” in October 2012. This program received a “Bringing Theory to Practice” grant from the Association of American Colleges and Universities.

Dr. Wise is a member of Phi Beta Kappa (founded in 1776, this is the nation’s oldest and most prestigious honor society); the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies; the Polish Institute of Arts & Sciences of America; the New York State Association of European Historians; the Central Slavic Conference; and the World History Association. For a full curriculum vita, please click HERE.

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