The Museum of Political Corruption
and The Center for Ethical Governance
The Center for Ethical Governance is the educational and outreach wing of The Museum of Political Corruption. Among it's activities, it will be responsible for organizing a lecture series and developing a curriculum on good governance that can be taught in public schools.
We can be reached by email at AlbanyMPC@gmail.com
The MPC was founded in 2013 by Bruce Roter, an Albany professor. The MPC received its educational charter from the New York State Board of regents and its IRS nonprofit status in 2015. The Museum is a member of AAM, the American Alliance of Museums. The MPC was named the "Best Idea of 2013" by Chris Weigant of the Huffington Post. Plans to build this museum have been featured in national and international media.
The Center for Ethical Governance
Board of Trustees
Contacting the MPC
Frank Anechiarico, Ph.D., is the Maynard-Knox Professor of Government and Law at Hamilton College and a member of the Graduate Faculty at the City University of New York. He has published widely on questions of public integrity, including The Pursuit of Absolute Integrity (University of Chicago Press, 1996), with James B. Jacobs and Local Integrity Cities: World Cities Fighting Corruption, edited with L.W.J.C Huberts and Frederique Six (BJu Legal Publishers, 2008).
Natasha Avanessians is a MPA Candidate at Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs. At SIPA Natasha worked with the Land Use and Community Development Team at the Manhattan Borough President's Office. Natasha has served as a member of the Bolton-St. Johns New York City & State Public Affairs Team where she represented clients before City & State agencies, elected officials and key staff. She also crafted strategic testimony for clients before the City Council and City rule making bodies. Natasha graduated Columbia University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science. She is an active member of the Columbia Young Alumni Association and the American Enterprise Institute.
Thomas Bass, Ph.D., is the author of The Spy Who Loved Us (Public Affairs, 2009), The Predictors (Holt / Viking-Penguin, 1999); Vietnamerica: The War Comes Home (Soho, 1996, 1997); Reinventing the Future (Addison-Wesley, 1994, 1995); Camping with the Prince and Other Tales of Science in Africa (Houghton Mifflin, 1990; Penguin 1991; Moyer Bell, 1998); and The Eudaemonic Pie (Houghton Mifflin, 1985; Vintage, 1986; Penguin 1991; Authors Guild eBook, 2014). He has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, NPR, BBC as a commentator and is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker, Wired, The New York Times, Smithsonian, Discover, and other publications. Professor Bass serves as Professor of English and Journalism at the State University of New York, University at Albany.
Walter Bergen is a former IBM marketing executive and founded his own computer leasing and consulting company in New York. He was president of the Board of Trustees of the Westport Country Playhouse in Westport, Connecticut and participated in their successful multi-mullion dollar capital campaign. Walter is currently working on a documentary film on the Wall Street financial crisis of 2008.
Elizabeth Burhans received a Master's in Public History from the State University of New York at Albany in 2015. She works at the Hudson River Maritime Museum in Kingston, New York. Her areas of study include race, gender and collective memory in the First World War and digital history. She presented her paper "Letters Home: Literacy in the Great War" at Researching New York in 2015.
Carlyn Buckler, Ph.D., is Assistant Professor and head of the Science Museum Studies Master’s curriculum at the Cooperstown Graduate Program for Museum Studies. Since 2004 Dr. Buckler has also been a grant writer and Education Associate at the Paleontological Research Institution, Cornell University, its Museum of Earth and Cayuga Nature Center. Dr. Buckler holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Genetics and has been a passionate advocate for the public understanding of science, political and social justice issues.
Karol Kamin, is an executive with a long career in the entertainment industry. As a Vice President and General Manager of Blackheart Records, she worked with such Rock and Roll Hall of Famers as Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, The Kinks and Darlene Love. Ms. Kamin was head of the global marketing and licensing division. She has worked on "Beatlemania” in addition to other Broadway plays--and with Joe Papp and the New York Shakespeare Festival on productions such as "The Pirates of Penzance" and "The Human Comedy."
Donna Kuba has more than 30 years’ experience directing and managing museum exhibit design and fabrication projects. Among her credentials are the management of the exhibit design project and fabrication liaison for the George H.W. Bush Presidential Museum and project direction for the Smithsonian Institution’s Sant Ocean Hall, to date, the largest renovation project ever accomplished at the National Museum of Natural History.
Paul Lagunes, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA), and sits on the Advisory Board of the Center for the Advancement of Public Integrity (CAPI). He specializes in the study of urban corruption and corruption monitoring, and has published in PLoS ONE, Political Psychology, Transparency International’s Anti-Corruption Research Network, among others. He co-edited the volume “Greed, Corruption & the Modern State,” with Susan Rose-Ackerman.
Philip Mark Plotch, Ph.D. is a political science professor and the director of the master in public administration program (MPA) at Saint Peter’s University. Plotch previously served as the director of World Trade Center redevelopment and special projects at the Lower Manhattan Development Corporation. He is the author of the 2015 book Politics Across the Hudson: The Tappan Zee Megaproject.
Bruce C. Roter, Ph.D., Founder and President, Bruce Craig Roter is a professor of music at The College of Saint Rose. An ASCAP award winning composer, Roter's works have been performed throughout the United States and abroad and are often inspired by American heritage. In addition serving the campus community, Roter, and Albany resident, is also a long-time community activist and leader.
Meave M. Tooher, J.D., is a partner in the law firm of Tooher & Barone, LLP, in Albany, New York, focused in environmental law and ethical defense. Meave served for eight years as Investigative Counsel with the New York State Ethics Commission, later the State Commission on Public Integrity. She has counseled clients in balancing ethical considerations in meeting the regulatory framework of environmental protection and continues to counsel State employees in defending against charges of violations of New York’s Public Officers Law. She has provided several presentations on ethics to the National Institute of Environmental Health at the National Institute for Health. She also serves as the chair of the Zoning Board of Appeals for the Town of New Baltimore, NY.
Susan Weber, was president of the local chapter of the NY Civil Liberties Union and a member of the New York Civil Liberties Board of Directors. Susan served as legislative counsel for the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation and an administrative law judge for that agency. Susan is a registered Working Families Party member and is on the board of Citizen Action Capital Region, and a volunteer Regional Organizer for MoveOn.org.
Zephyr Teachout, is Associate Professor of Law at Fordham University, a former NY gubernatorial candidate and is the author ofCorruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United (Harvard University Press, September 2014). In July 2015 she was named as CEO and Board chair for the US-based anti-corruption nonprofit Mayday PAC
Susan Rose-Ackerman, is the Henry R. Luce Professor of Jurisprudence (Law and Political Science) with joint appointments between Yale Law School and the Yale Department of Political Science. She has taught and written widely on corruption, law and development, administrative law, law and regulatory policy, the nonprofit sector, and federalism. Her recent books are Corruption and Government: Causes, Consequences and Reform, which has been translated into 17 languages, and From Elections to Democracy: Building Accountable Government in Hungary and Poland. She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Yale University and has held Guggenheim and Fulbright Fellowships. She has a B.A. from Wellesley College. Her current research focuses on comparative administrative law and public policymaking and the political economy of corruption.
Ambassador Robert Gosende served for 36 years as Career Foreign Service Officer in the U.S. Information Agency and at the U.S. Department of State. He retired in 1998 and became Associate Vice Chancellor/Senior International Officer in the central administration of the State University of New York and the John W. Ryan Fellow in Public Diplomacy at the University at Albany. Ambassador Gosende received Presidential Awards for his service as USIA’s Director for African Affairs and as President Clinton’s Special Envoy for Somalia.
Katherine Burton Jones, is Director of Museum Studies at the Harvard Extension School. She is a member of the board of directors and chairs the Museum Committee of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and Museum in Newport, RI. She is a member of the board of the Metropolitan Waterworks Museum in Chestnut Hill, MA. Jones was an assistant director at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology from 1994 to 2000, where she introduced the importance of websites and multimedia to all of the Harvard museums. While at the Peabody, she served on the boards of the Museum Computer Network and the Massachusetts Audubon Society's Mildred Morse Allen Center. Katherine Burton Jones edited and contributed to two books on the use of technology in museums, The Wired Museum (American Association of Museums, 1997), and Museum Informatics: People, Information, and Technology in Museums (with Paul F. Marty, Routledge, 2007). In the last two decades she has also authored numerous articles on topics related to museums, and given presentations at national and regional museum conferences
Paul Rosenthal transforms ideas into experiences. A writer and exhibition consultant for more than 35 years, he has helped museums, visitor centers, and historic sites worldwide attract, inform, and touch a broad audience, planning and writing exhibitions for the Smithsonian Institution, International Spy Museum, New York State Museum, Baseball Hall of Fame, Barnum Museum, Chicago Museum of Science & Industry, and many dozens more. As a children’s book author, he has been honored by the International Reading Association and Children’s Book Council
Kaya Sanan, Multimedia Director, and founder of Sanan Media specializing in innovative films & interactive multimedia for museums and planetariums.
Michael Johnston, Ph.D., is Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science at Colgate University.
Dr. Johnston's areas of interest include Comparative and American politics, public policy; corruption, democratization, and development.
Rabbi David Gordis. Rabbi David Gordis, a resident of Albany, is President Emeritus of Hebrew College in Boston.
Creighton Michael: American artist Creighton Michael served on the faculty at Hunter College in New York City from 2005-2013. Michael is a member of American Abstract Artists and the International Sculpture Center, where he was on the Board of Directors from 2010-2013. His work is in many public and private collections including the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and the Museum of Modern Art and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.
Rosemary Armao is an investigative editor and Associate Professor in the Department of Communication and Journalism at The State University of New York at Albany. For more than 32 years she was a reporter and editor at various wire services and newspapers. She has trained journalists and worked on media development projects throughout Eastern Europe and Africa. She is a former Executive Director of Investigative Reporters and Editors and former President of the Journalism and Women Symposium. Professor Armeo is a host of WAMC's The Media Project and a regular contributer on WAMC's The Roundtable.
Ken Ackerman, a writer and attorney in Washington, D.C., has authored five major books on Americana including Boss Tweed: The Corrupt Pol who Conceived the Soul of Modern New York; Young J. Edgar: Hoover and the Red Scare,1919-1920; and Dark Horse: The Surprise Election and Political Murder of President James A. Garfield. His latest, Trotsky in New York, 1917: A Radical on the Eve of Revolution, is due for release in September 2016. Over the years, Ken has served as legal counsel to two committees of the United States Senate, held regulatory positions in both the Reagan and Clinton administrations, and built a private legal practice at Washington’s OFW Law. He recently expanded his writing to include a history blog, Viral History, and a small publishing house, Viral History Press LLC. A native of Albany, New York, Ken lives with his wife Karen in Falls Church, Virginia.
Cecilia F. Tkaczyk was the member of the New York State Senate for the 46th district. She was the ranking member on the Senate Committee of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities, and on the Senate Elections Committee as well. She also served on the Agriculture, Environmental Conservation, Education, Children and Families and Veterans, Homeland Security and Military Affairs committees. She and her husband own and live on a small sheep farm in Duanesburg, New York.
Father Christopher DeGiovine served as Dean of Spiritual Life and Chaplain at the College of Saint Rose for twenty five years. During his tenure at Saint Rose, Father DeGiovine was a leader in promoting interfaith dialogue. A native of Greenville, NY, Father DeGiovine is currently Pastor of St. Matthew's parish in Voorheesville.
Sarah Rodman, A.L.M., Museum Studies, Harvard University
Gretchen E. Guenther-Collins, M.S., J.D., CPA, Accounting Department Chair, Associate Professor of Accounting, The College of Saint Rose Huether School of Business.
Adam Shelmerdine, Photojournalist for the Legislative Gazette. Capital District resident and political activist.
John Murtagh, J.D., is a partner in the White Plains, NY law firm Gaines,Novick, Ponzini, Cossu & Venditti, LLP. A graduate of Fordham College and Fordham Law School , for eight years John served as a City Councilman in Yonkers. As a first term Councilman John authored what the New York Times called New York State's toughest government ethics code. A 2008 candidate for the New York State Senate, in 2011 John was the Republican candidate for Mayor in Yonkers. John hosts "The John Murtagh Show," a talk program covering local, state and national issues on WVOX 1460AM.
James Coll is an adjunct professor of American and Constitutional history at Hofstra University and the founder of ChangeNYS.org, a not-for-profit dedicated to non-partisan civic education and political reform in our state. He has written numerous articles on NYS government in Newsday, Politico, NY Daily News, Albany Times-Union and other publications. James lives in Seaford on Long Island.
Jacob M. Appel, MD, JD, MPH, is a psychiatrist and professional bioethicist who writes about issues at the nexus of law, medicine and morality. Dr. Appel taught ethics for many years at Brown University and later at NYU and Columbia, before joining the faculty at Mount Sinai's Icahn School of Medicine, where he is an attending physician at Beth Israel Hospital and serves on the Institutional Review Board. He has been a regular ethics columnist at the Huffington Post, Opposing Views and Education Update, and has contributed Op-Eds and commentary to dozens of national and regional newspapers including The New York Times, New York Post, New York Daily News, Chicago Tribune, Detroit Free Press, San Francisco Chronicle and Providence Journal. His seventh volume of fiction, a collection of short stories, was published by Black Lawrence Press in July 2015.
R. Mark Sullivan, Ed.D. served as President at The College of Saint Rose before becoming Director of the College's newly created Institute for Higher Education Leadership. Dr. Sullivan holds a Doctorate in Education from Harvard University, a Master’s degree in public policy from the Maxwell School for Citizenship and Public Affairs at Syracuse University, and a Bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Rhode Island.
Susan Arbetter is the Albany-based State Capitol Correspondent and News & Public Affairs Director for WCNY. She hosts and produces The Capitol Pressroom. Prior to her move to WCNY, Susan created, hosted, and produced New York Now, the Award-winning, statewide government and public affairs TV program in New York State.
The Museum of Political Corruption, a 501 (C)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan institution, is dedicated to educating and empowering the public by providing a better understanding of political corruption, and encouraging solution that promote ethics reform and honest governance.