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The Compass: The Newsletter of the College of Humanities & Social Sciences
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Natalie Reaves

Dr. Natalie D. Reaves
Assoc. Professor of Economics

Dr. Natalie Reaves is a southern New Jersey native, originally from Brotmanville, NJ. She attended Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Wayne State University receiving B.S., M.S. and PhD degrees in Economics. Prior to coming to Rowan, she taught at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and has worked for the Social Security Administration and the United Auto Workers (UAW) Economic Research Dept. She is a Health Economist who examines a variety of health related issues including health insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, Obamacare and the impact of medical technology on health care costs. In addition, she researches the impact of government regulation on innovation in the pharmaceutical industry. In particular, she studies how changes in patents, tax laws and other government regulations encourages/discourages firms to develop remedies for rare and neglected diseases such as Tourette’s, rare cancers, Sickle Cell and Malaria. Finally, she also has interests in environmental economics, law and economics and neuroeconomics.



Busra Agcayazi
Instructor of Economics
856-256-4500 ext 3967

Busra Agcayazi is a Northern Virginia native who graduated from George Mason University in 2013 with a Bachelor's of Science degree in Economics. She later received her M.S. in Economics and Finance at Southern Illinois University Business School where she had worked as a Graduate Research and Teaching Assistant. Busra is a strong believer and proponent for continued research studies in Academia. She has coauthored a research paper evaluating the efficiency in banking industry that is recently published in a reputable Finance journal. She is in the process of publishing another paper which she presented in the 2016 ASSA Annual Meeting, Financial Markets and Institutions Session held in San Francisco. This paper will be about IMF related news and local media coverage affecting the Private Financial and Real Sector Performances. Beside research, teaching has been a great ambition which led Busra to teach as a private tutor and part-time instructor since her high school years. Specifically, she is dedicated in teaching introductory and intermediate levels of Macro and Microeconomics. Finally, her research interests are Emerging Markets, Banking and Financial Institutions, and Corporate Finance.

Lauren Banko
Instructor of Economics
856-256-4500 ext. 3966

Lauren Banko is an economics instructor at Rowan University. She is a South Jersey native, but completed her undergraduate degree at Pace University (NYC campus) in economics and mathematics. Lauren received her M.A. in economics at Temple University in 2013. While there, she had taught several undergraduate courses, including microeconomics and the American Economy; a course which focused on current issues in economic settings. Her academic interests begin with sports, labor, and health economics. Lauren has coauthored a paper with Dr. Michael Leeds at Temple University, which is currently being revised for publication. The topic of this paper deals with gender differences in competitive situations. Labor issues, such as wage inequality and women in the workplace are other topics Lauren is interested in. Lastly, she has been completing research in health and has coauthored a paper for the Cochrane Group. Other current focuses are on mental health, inequality in care, and palliative care.


Dr. Robert Ferrari
Instructor of Economics
856-256-4500 ext 3967

Robert J. Ferrari is Professor Emeritus of Financial Economics from Fordham University’s Marymount College. Since 2009 he has been a faculty member in the Economics Program of Rowan University. Over the years, he has been an adjunct faculty member at many colleges and universities: including, among others, New York University (15 years), The United States Military Academy at West Point, and Manhattan College.

Before becoming a full time academic, he was the Senior Vice President-Finance of a New York City bank. Prior to that, he was employed by the Federal Reserve System in several capacities. And prior, he was a member of the Canadian Arbitrage Department of a New York Stock Exchange member firm. He was a principal in a Westchester (NY) based consulting group. And, has had assignments with the IBM World Trade Corporation, the General Motors Corporation, and the National Association of Mutual Savings Banks, among others. He has also been a board member and treasurer of a Westchester (NY) based real estate corporation and non profits based in New York and Pennsylvania. He has lectured, addressed, and spoken extensively on various topics in economics and financial management, and has co-authored two textbooks in economics.

He is a graduate of Villanova University, New York University, and Brown University.


Dr. Stuti Jha
Asst. Professor of Economics
856-256-4500 ext. 3965

Stuti Jha graduated from the PhD program in Economics at Purdue University in August 2015. She has a master’s degree in Economics from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her research interests are in labor economics, health economics and international economics. Her research focuses on physician labor market outcomes, particularly, gender wage gap among physicians and the residency match process and its effects on employment choices of physicians. She taught at Purdue University and Butler University before joining Rowan University. She has four years of industry experience in the field of policy analysis and project management.


Kul Kapri
Assistant Professor of Economics
856-256-4500 ext. 3964

Kul Kapri earned his PhD in Economics from Maxwell School, Syracuse University in 2014. He has a master's degree in Mathematics from Western Illinois University and a master's degree in Statistics from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. His research interests are in International Economics, Development Economics, Labor Economics and Applied Econometrics. More specifically, his recent works focus on labor market outcomes and trade policy, trade orientation and firm performance, offshoring, and remittances. His scholarly work has been published in International Review of Economics & Finance and Development Journal of the South. As a consultant to the World Bank and a government officer to the Government of Nepal, he also involved in formulation, implementation, monitoring/supervision and evaluation of many public policies and programs.


Diane Trace
Instructor of Economics
856-256-4500 ext. 3966



Dr. Danielle Gougon
Instructor of Political Science

Danielle Gougon is a professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science and Economics at Rowan University. Dr. Gougon earned a doctoral degree in Political Science from Rutgers University, New Brunswick and a Master’s in Feminist Theory and Gender Studies from the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science, New School University, New York. Dr. Gougon’s specializes in women in politics, feminist theory, reproductive politics, and interest groups. Her research focuses on feminist organizations’ responses to new challenges in reproductive politics in the contemporary U.S. setting.

Prior to joining Rowan, Dr. Gougon served as the Dean of Global Academic and First Year Programs at Douglass College, the women’s college at Rutgers University, New Brunswick and was responsible for developing curriculum for women’s leadership courses and programs. Dr. Gougon also directed the Global Village, a nationally recognized living-learning community that was awarded numerous financial gifts to support its work in developing globally minded women leaders. During her tenure, Dr. Gougon launched several new houses focused on human rights, women’s leadership, women in business, and Mid-East coexistence. Dr. Gougon has also designed and led service-learning trips and has taken students to Thailand to study sex trafficking, Cambodia to study genocide, Juarez, Mexico to study globalization, and South Africa to study apartheid.


Dr. Lawrence Markowitz
Assoc. Professor of Political Science
(856) 256-4889

Lawrence P. Markowitz is Associate Professor of Political Science and Director of the Hollybush Institute at Rowan University. He specializes in the study of state failure, social movements, and post-Soviet politics. Markowitz is author of State Erosion: Unlootable Resources and Unruly Elites in Central Asia (Cornell University Press, 2013) as well as articles in Comparative Political Studies, Democratization, Ethnic and Racial Studies, Demokratizatsiya, and Central Asian Survey. His current research explores anti-immigrant movements in Russia and local violence in Central Asia. Markowitz received his B.A. from State University of New York-Oneonta in 1992, his M.A. from American University in 1998, and his Ph.D from University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2005. His research has been supported by the Fulbright Commission, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Social Science Research Council, International Research and Exchanges Board, and National Council for Eurasian and East European Research.


Kirk Leach
Instructor of Political Science
(856) 256-4500 x3984

Kirk Leach is an Instructor of Political Science at Rowan University. He received a PhD in Public Affairs with a specialization in Community Development from Rutgers University in 2016, and an MBA from Drexel University in 2006. His teaching interests include: public and nonprofit organizations, American government and institutions, community economic development, and research methods. His research covers the areas of urban governance, public administration, NGO collaboration, and nonprofit accountability. His research is dedicated to research informing practice, and the social and economic inclusion of marginalized communities.


Dr. Anne Pluta
Asst. Professor of Political Science

Anne earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also has a M.A. in History from West Chester University. Her primary research interests are the American presidency, political communication and the media. In addition, Anne is interested in the methodological challenges involved in doing historical research in political science. Her work has appeared in Presidential Studies Quarterly and Congress and the Presidency. Currently, Anne is working on a book manuscript tentatively titled The Evolution of Popular Presidential Communication: Opportunities and Incentives from George Washington to Barack Obama.


Dr. Katrinka C. Somdahl-Sands
Asst. Professor of Political Science

Katrinka Somdahl-Sands is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and is the Coordinator for the New Jersey Geographic Alliance. She is a political geographer with research interests in the spaces of political communication, popular geopolitics, mediated spaces of performance, and geographic education. Her recent teaching areas include Contemporary World Problems, Politics on Film, Global Challenges, and regional courses on Africa, the Middle East and Europe.


Dr. Lois Vietri
Instructor of Political Science
856-256-4500 ext. 3984

Lois Testa Vietri began her love affair with Asia very early in life. Real life interrupted that passion as she pursued a doctorate in political science and launched a career in government and campaign consulting. Luckily she was drawn back to academe and undergraduate teaching in American politics and public administration. Fortune struck again as academic life allowed her to reinvent herself and so in the mid 1980s she came back to Asia in her teaching and research. She made her first trip to Vietnam and Thailand in 1990 and with the 2010 study group of business and government majors most recently made her 11th trip to Vietnam. She founded the Maryland Vietnam Partnership in 2001, an organization that initiated long term partnerships with government, academic, and international organizations in Vietnam. Dr. Vietri conducted the first winter-term study abroad trip in Copenhagen and Berlin for the University of Maryland in 1997 as Director of College Park Scholars International Studies. For her service to the university and to the State of Maryland, she was named one of Maryland's Top 100 Women of 1999. Lois Vietri completed a 35 year teaching career at the University of Maryland College Park in 2010. The current leg of her journey has taken her to Rowan University and to the nonprofit world. In 2011 her nonprofit WEAV (Womens Empowerment and Voice) was launched in Vietnam awarding secondary school scholarships to girls and microenterprise loans to seed women's businesses.



Majeeda Hason, Head Clerk


All Economics Adjuncts may be reached at 856-256-4500 ext. 3323 or 4866

Lawrence Bernstein

Carlo Dennis R. Candalla, M.A.

Ethan Fleegler

Dr. Ralph Giraud, Jr.

Akromah Idan

Dr. Habib Jam

Serkan Kalman

Francine V. Knight

Michael Lacorte

Mike Leonardo, M.B.A.

Joseph Matriccino

Timothy Mihok

Sharleen Rajput

David Rosenberg

Peter Rosica

Joseph Shinn

Andreas Alfred Verrios

Robert Vaden, M.A.

Kathleen M. Zarnosky



All Political Science Adjuncts may be reached at 856-256-4500 ext. 4631

Thomas Arndt

Kathy Balin, Esq.
Cell: 609-545-0800

Philip Freeman

Joshua Martineau

Dr. David R. Mayer

Carol L. Palermo

Dustin Parrett

James Ronan

Dr. William Schrader
Cell: 609-953-0180