Kara S. Alaimo
Kara Alaimo, Assistant Professor, Division of Mass
Communications, served as a political appointee in President
Obama’s administration, where she was a spokesperson for the
Treasury. She has also worked in public relations for the United
Nations and for the City of New York during Mayor Bloomberg’s
administration. She is currently writing her Ph.D. dissertation.
She earned her M.A. at the City University of New York and her B.A.
at New York University.
Julie Agris, Ph.D.
Julie Agris, Ph.D. comes to St. John’s University as an
Assistant Professor, in the Department of Social Science. In
addition to her Ph.D. in Health Policy from Brandeis University,
she has a B.A. from the University of Michigan; a J.D. from the
Washington College of Law, American University; and an LL.M. in
Health Law from the University of Houston Law Center. Before coming
to St. John’s, Dr. Agris served as an Assistant Professor at the
Hofstra North Shore-LIJ School of Medicine and Hofstra University.
In addition, she served as a corporate compliance director and
privacy officer of the North Shore-LIJ Health System. Her
areas of research interest include health law, health policy and
James Croft, J.D.
James Croft, J.D., comes to St. John’s University as an
Assistant Professor, Division of Criminal Justice and Legal
Studies. He has worked on large corporate restructurings and
bankruptcies as an associate at Cleary Gottlieb Steen &
Hamilton LLP, including the bankruptcies of Chrysler, General
Motors, MF Global, Nortel, Dewey & LeBoeuf and Patriot Coal.
His research interests include legal history, law and economics,
criminal justice, law and education and the bankruptcy and
restructuring process. He graduated with a J.D. from St. John’s
University School of Law, magna cum laude, 2007 and earned a B.A.
from the University at Albany, SUNY , summa cum laude, 2004.
Katie Lebel, Ph.D.
Katie Lebel, Ph.D., comes to St. John’s University as an
Assistant Professor, Division of Sport Management. After receiving
her B.A. from St. John’s University, she moved to The University of
Western Ontario in Canada to complete her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees.
Her research is focused in the area of mediasport, with a
particular interest in digital branding and how professional
athletes are utilizing social media platforms.
Tuija Parikka, Ph.D.
Tuija Parikka, Ph.D. comes to St. John’s University as an
Assistant Professor, Division of Mass Communications. She earned
her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Helsinki,
Finland. Before she joined St. John’s University, she taught
culture, gender and media at The New School and NYU . Her primary
research interests include cross-cultural communication and social
media; globalization and gender; and media diversity. She also has
Lic.Soc. Sci., and Ma.Soc.Sci. degrees.