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Dr. J. Michael Bitzer MichaelBitzer.jpg
Phone: (704) 637-4117
Office: ADM 334-C

  • 2011-12 Swink Professor for Excellence in Teaching
  • Professor of Politics and History
  • Pre-Law Advisor
  • B.A., Erskine College
  • M.A., Clemson University
  • Ph.D., School of Public and International Affairs, The University of Georgia
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A faculty member at Catawba since 2002, Dr. Bitzer's teaching interests are in American politics, public administration, public policy, and the law, courts and judicial process area. His research interests are in Southern politics, North Carolina politics, campaigns & elections, law, and judicial politics.

Before working on his doctorate, Dr. Bitzer was a newspaper reporter and public affairs director at Clemson University. While at UGA, he was the one of five graduate student recipients of the university's Excellence in Teaching Award. He currently serves as an election and political analyst for several Charlotte television stations. In the 2011-2012 academic year, he will serve as the Swink Professor for Excellence in Teaching, the highest honor for classroom teaching at Catawba. Read more »



Associate Professors

salvatoremusumeci.jpgDr. Salvatore Musumeci

Phone: (704) 637-4344
Office: ADM334C

  • Associate Professor of History and Classics
  • Associate Director, College Honors Program
  • B.A., Palm Beach Atlantic University
  • M.A., Trinity College
  • Ph.D., Queen Mary and Westfield College
  • Post-Doctoral Study, Università degli Studi di Perugia (Perugia, Italy) & Institut Européen d'Histoire et des Cultures de l'Alimentation, Université François Rabelais (Tours, France)

Dr. Salvatore Musumeci is a Connecticut native and fervent Hartford Whaler and Jimmy Buffett fan. Salvatore received his B.A. in Philosophy and Religion from Palm Beach Atlantic University (West Palm Beach, FL) and his M.A. in History from Trinity College (Hartford, CT). He completed his Ph.D. in History and English at Queen Mary and Westfield College (University of London) under the direction of the noted art historian Evelyn Welch.

Salvatore is a socio-cultural historian with an interest in the material and visual cultures of Europe between 1300 and 1600. His research deals primarily with consumable goods (esp. food and wine), the social imagination in medieval and Renaissance Italy; and the reception and influence of classical texts and ideas in medieval and early modern Europe.


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Dr. Norris Feeney
Office: ADM 315
Phone: (704) 645-4598

  • Assistant Professor of Politics
  • B.A., Political Science, Kenyon College
  • Ph.D., Political Science, University of Tennessee-Knoxville

"Anything that is cheesy, corny, or punny (or best a combination of these)" will make Dr. Norris Feeney laugh, he says. Concerning his academic discipline, he explains, "I enjoy reading and hearing arguments (or creating my own) that build towards an answer much more than reaching the conclusion or answer. Studying both Comparative and International Politics gives me perhaps the largest possible playground to explore in my discipline. The questions I like to explore touch on the deeper questions of the nature of man and why we interact with one another the way we do."


Faculty Emeriti 

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  • Professor Emeritus of History
  • B.A., King College
  • M.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
  • Ph.D., University of Virginia
  • Post-Doctoral Study, Oxford University

A Catawba faculty member from 1986 until 2016, Dr. McAllister taught courses on Ancient Western World, Emerging Western World, History of Britain, Ancient Eastern Civilizations, and Historiography, along with several special topics courses.