Humanities Faculty

    Giovanna R. Czander

    Assistant Professor of Religious Studies

    Phone: (845) 848-4005
    Office: Casey Hall

    B.A. – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (Philosophy)
    M.A. – Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Milan, Italy (Philosophy)
    M.A. – Fordham University (Theology: Biblical Studies, Old Testament)
    M.Phil. – Fordham University
    Ph.D. – Fordham University (Theology: Biblical Studies, Old Testament)

    Dr. Czander joined the faculty of DC in 2009. She brings to the Religious Studies Department a longstanding interest in philosophy and pedagogy and an active engagement with interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Courses she teaches include: Old Testament, New Testament, Religion and Human Experience, Religion in America, World Religions. Her research centers mainly on the Old Testament, particularly the prophetic and wisdom literatures, pentateuchal studies, and the theological interpretation of biblical law. Recent articles include “Of Donkeys and Witnesses: Interpolation or Interpretation? The Laws in Exod 23:1-9″ (chapter in A Land Like Your Own, Wipf and Stock, 2010) and “The ‘Messianic Secret’ as Pedagogical Entryway into the Gospel of Mark” (Limina: A Journal of Theology, Winter 2014, St. Joseph’s College, ME; online). Dr. Czander has taught at Marist College, Iona College, Manhattan College, Fordham University, New York Theological Seminary, the Deaconate Program of the Archdiocese of New York, and overseas. She is an active member of the Society of Biblical Literature, the Catholic Biblical Association, and the College Theological Society, and reviews articles submitted for publication for the journal Scriptura Sacra (University of Opole, Poland). She is a member in the Focolare Movement’s Abba School, an international interdisciplinary study center, and has worked as a translator and live interpreter for the Franciscan Sisters of the Poor and the beatification cause of Vietnamese Card. Francis Xavier Nguyen Van Thuan, President of the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace (1998-2002).


    • Tel: 845-848-4004
    • Location: Casey 19

      Kevin Hermberg

      Associate Professor of Philosophy

      Phone: (845) 848-4010
      Office: Casey Hall 19

      Kevin Hermberg joined the faculty at Dominican College in 2007.  Professor Hermberg’s research focus on 20th and 21st century European Philosophy (especially phenomenology and existentialism), but he is especially interested in putting various traditions and disciplines into conversation with one another.  He works primarily at the intersections of analytic philosophy, continental philosophy, literature, and natural sciences.  Professor Hermberg’s teaching experiences and interests are similarly cross-disciplinary and include work in the natural sciences, literature, and  writing, in addition to philosophy.  Before joining the faculty at Dominican College, professor Hermberg taught at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire,Carthage College, and Marquette University.

      Professor Hermberg is founding editor (with Pol Vandevelde of Marquette University) of the book series, Issues in Phenomenology and Hermeneutics, published by Bloomsbury Academic Publishing. He is also actively involved with various groups and associations, including:


      • Book, coedited with Paul Gyllenhammer: Phenomenology and Virtue Ethics (Bloomsbury, 2013)
      • Book, coedited with Pol Vandevelde: Variations on Truth: Approaches in Contemporary Phenomenology (Continuum, 2011)
      • Chapter in book: “Husserl’s (even more) Social Epistemology” (in Variations on Truth, Continuum, 2011)
      • Book, single author: Husserl’s Phenomenology: Knowledge, Objectivity, and Others (Continuum, 2007)

      Professor Hermberg has presented papers on the teaching of philosophy as well as on his scholarly research.  Recent presentations have been on a variety of topics, including:

      • Husserlian Interdependencies: Consciousness-Embodiment (Interdisciplinary Coalition of North American Phenomenologists, Ramapo College, NJ)
      • Husserl and Others: A Pair of Pairings (State University of New York, New Paltz)
      • Plato’s Theory of Forms as a Guide to Living in the “Real World” (Association of Core Texts and Courses, Milwaukee, WI)
      • Husserl’s Social Epistemology (Collective Intentionality-VII conference, University of Basel, Switzerland)
      • Teaching God (and other “hot moments”) … issues and approaches (18th International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, AAPT, Coastal Carolina University)
      • A non-defensive defense of philosophy (17th International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, AAPT, University of Guelph, Canada)
      • Edmund Husserl and Social Epistemology (Conference on Phenomenology, Marquette University)
      • Phenomenology as Philosophy of Mind (University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire)
      • Taking the Humanities to the Public (Carthage College)
      • Utilizing Student Web Sites to Intertwine Breadth and Depth Our Courses (International Workshop-Conference on Teaching Philosophy, University of Toledo)
      • Wittgenstein’s Form of Life (Marquette University)

          Rosanna Silvestri Arcieri

          Assistant Professor in Modern Languages and Spanish Program Coordinator

          Phone: (845) 848-4007
          Office: Casey Hall 19
          B.A. – Hunter College

          M.A. – CUNY
          M. Phil. – Columbia University
          Ph.D. – Columbia University