Academic Freedom


Michael Buckley, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy
Lehman College (CUNY)

Dr. Michael Buckley's interests are in the fields of political philosophy and applied ethics. He is currently working on two related projects examining ethical issues in post-conflict societies and emerging democracies, and has recently published works on methodological developments in political philosophy. Michael has been an Assistant Professor at Lehman since 2007, after having obtained a B.A. in Philosophy from Hunter College and a Ph.D. in Philosophy from Emory University. Recent publications by Michael include “The Structure of Justification in Political Constructivism” (Metaphilosophy), “John Stuart Mill and the Idea of a Stationary State Economy” (in Humanistic Ethics in the Age of Globality), “Constructivism” (in The Encyclopedia of Global Justice), and "Promoting Peace through Dialogue," which he edited for the United Nation's University and Global Majority. Michael currently serves as a member of the Steering Committee for Lehman College’s Center for Human Rights and Peace Studies, and is a Board Member of Global Majority, a non-profit educational institute promoting non-violent conflict resolution through negotiation and mediation techniques.

Dr. Mario A. González-Corzo, Ph.D.

Academic Freedom Committee (AFC) Chair
Associate Professor,
Department of Economics and Business

Dr. Mario A. González Corzo earned a Ph.D. in International Relations/Economics from RUTGERS UNIVERSITY. He also received an M.A. in Economics, an M.A. in Global Studies, an M.A. in Political Science, and a B.A. in Economics all from RUTGERS UNIVERSITY.

Dr. González Corzo's research interest and specialization covers various aspects of the Cuban economy, specifically on Cuba’s post-Soviet economic transformations, the role of remittances, Cuba’s banking and monetary reforms, and agricultural reforms in Cuba. Prior to joining Lehman, Dr. Corzo provided consulting, strategic, and investment advice to global banks and financial institutions in the United States, Europe, and Latin America. His career in the financial services industry included senior positions at Price Waterhouse Coopers, L.L.P., JP Morgan Chase, and MetLife, Inc.

Dr. Gaoyin Qian, Ph.D.

Associate Dean, Department of Counseling, Leadership, Literacy and Special Education
Lehman College (CUNY).

Dr. Gaoyin Qian taught in middle and high schools before coming to Lehman College, where he has been a professor of Literacy Education. He received his master’s degree in English Education at Missouri State University and completed his Ph.D. in Reading Education at University of Georgia. Dr. Qian has been working with classroom teachers and parents to help New York City students to learn effectively from different texts. His research has focused on the relationship between secondary school students’ epistemological thinking and their learning from science text. He has published on a variety of topics such as word recognition, early literacy among young children from immigrant families, Computer Mediated Discussion and literacy assessments, and the role of epistemological beliefs in teaching and learning. He is the Director and Principal Investigator of the Lehman Robert Noyce Scholarship Program, which is funded by the National Science Foundation. The program is designed to prepare qualified mathematics and science teachers for high need middle schools in partnership with the Division of Natural and Social Sciences and the Bronx schools.  In the past two years, Dr. Qian has been Associate Dean of Education.

Dr. Robert Valentine, Ph.D.

Lecturer, Undergraduate Advisor, Department of History
Lehman College (CUNY).

Dr. Robert Valentine’s academic interests are in Nineteenth century American history and military history. His research is mostly based on U.S Civil War and Church history. Dr. Valentine’s work in progress is editing the Civil War Letters of Lafayette and Nathan Church, which is the 26th Michigan Infantry (1862-1864). Moreover, Dr. Valentine is researching and writing the History of St. John’s Episcopal Church, in Pleasantville, New York.


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