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A widely-published author and scholar, whose specialties include anthrozoology and online learning.




  • Published or had accepted fourteen books of non-fiction, one memoir, three study guides, three chapbooks of poetry, one collection of poetry and prose, one reference book, and two books of translations, and hundreds of shorter pieces.
  • Had two scholarly books named to list of “outstanding academic titles of the year” compiled by the journal Choice; one scholarly book named to the list of “notable books of 2012” by Audubon Magazine; one book named to Barnes & Noble’s list of “Top Five Books on London” in 2012.
  • Had books published or accepted in Japanese, Czech (twice), French, Russian, Korean, Turkish, and Arabic, Italian, Spanish and Chinese (four times) translation.
  • Won the 2010 Eisenstein-DeLacy award for "best scholarly article" from the National Congress of Independent Scholars (NCIS).
  • Blog regularly for The Huffington Press.
  • On the editorial board of Grimm Reaper Press, as well as Zooanthropology, Humanimalia, Frontiers in Veterinary Science, and Internet Learning Journal, and other journals.




  • Founded the Wizards Program of online supplemental instructors at Mercy College in 2000.
  • Won a Sloan-C Award for “Online Learning Effectiveness” in 2002.
  • Have served as an evaluator for grants in online learning including a grant for over $1,000,000 to the Sloan-C headquarters at Olin and Babson College.
  • Published many articles on online learning in journals such as JALN and Teaching and Learning, and e-mentor.
  • Guest edited special issues, devoted to storytelling and to online learning, of the journal On the Horizon.
  • Co-chair of a Sloan-C 2006 initiative to provide a national program of training/certification for online faculty.
  • Member of the final panel at 2007 Sloan-C Convention.
  • Won the Humane Society of the United States’ award for the “best new course” of 2007.
  • Have completed training as a facilitator, in order to teach techniques of online education at the Sloan-C Institute, starting November 2012.
  • Designed and facilitate course in the Sloan-C Online Teaching Certificate Program, entitled “Using Your Personal Style in Online Teaching.
  • Mentor in online teaching at Sloan-C.




Ph.D. in German and Intellectual History, SUNY Buffalo

M.A. in German; SUNY Buffalo

B.A. in Philosophy and English; University of Chicago





Online Learning Consortium (formerly Sloan-C)

Mentor in Online Teaching                                                                                                           Jan. 2012─present


MERCY COLLEGE, Dobbs Ferry, NY                                                               1985─present, Adjunct Professor of Liberal Arts  (teaching in the Graduate English Program and at Sing Sing Correctional Facility)                                                                                      

August 2011—present, Director of Online Research, Development and Training                                                                    1999 – 2006



SING SING PRISON/HUDSON LINK                                                            

Fall 2006 - Present, College Instructor – American History, Philosophy, European History, English, Creative Writing, Religion                                    



Adjunct Full Professor – Philosophy (Promoted 2008)





  • Member of East European coordinating committee of Amnesty International, 1980-1992; National Coordinator for East Germany and Hungary, 1980-1989; National Coordinator for Eastern Europe, 1986-1988.
  • Authored a report on East German compliance with the UN Covenants that was presented to the United Nations in Geneva on July 17, 1984.
  • Invited speaker at The Hastings Institute, the Staten Island Zoo, the National Zoo of the Smithsonian, the Rockwell Museum, Lehman College, The New York Botanical Garden, Rutgers University, Duke University, Yale University, the Whitechapel Gallery (London) the College de France (Paris) and many other institutions (see record of speaking engagements at http://www.boriasax.com).
  • Appeared on the Television program Nova in a program entitled “Spies, Lies and Atomic Secrets” (2000) and on the History channel in a program entitled “Rats, Bats, and Bugs” (2003).
  • On May 22, 1984, addressed Commission on Security and cooperation of the United States Congress on independent peace movements in Eastern Europe.
  • Founder and first President of the non-profit organization Nature in Legend and Story (NILAS, inc.), dedicated “to promote understanding of traditional bonds between human beings and the natural world.”
  • Featured writer at the Sharing the Words 99 Festival in Treadwell, NY.
  • Received grants from Pace University, NYCH and other places.
  • Listed in Marquis Who’s Who in America, 1999─present; in Marquis Who’s Who in American Education, 2001─present.
  • Received “Lifetime Achievement Award” for teaching at Taconic and Sing Sing Prisons from Hudson Link in 2013.
  • Member of the Advisory Board of Family Spirals, 2016─present.


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