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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 Tourettes, rare cancers, Sickle Cell and Malaria. Finally, she also has interests in environmental economics, law and economics and neuroeconomics.


Lauren Banko
Instructor of Economics
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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.

Aslihan Cakmak
Instructor of Economics
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Dr. Robert Ferrari
Instructor of Economics
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Robert J. Ferrari is Professor Emeritus of Financial Economics from Fordham Universitys 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
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Stuti Jha graduated from the PhD program in Economics at Purdue University in August 2015. She has a masters 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.


Dr. Laura Storino
Instructor of Economics

Dr. Storino received her B.S. in Economics (concentration in finance and accounting) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (1988). She received her M.A. (2005) and PhD. in economics from Temple University (2011). Dr. Storino has taught as Adjunct Professor of Business at Chestnut Hill College (2004-2009), Temple University (2004 - 2012) and Rutgers University MBA program (2011-2013). Undergraduate courses taught include health economics, advanced microeconomic theory, economic analysis of law, economics for education majors, introduction to business and senior seminar. Graduate course taught: managerial economics. Her research interests include applied microeconomics, health economics, economic education. She completed her postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Health Equity Research & Promotion. Her current research includes end of life planning for End Stage Renal Care patients, racial disparities in the diffusion of a medical technology, and incentives in suicide intervention. Her recent presentations include: Academy Health Annual Research Meeting, Seattle, 2011. Poster presentation, "The Impact of Star Physicians on Diffusion of a Medical Technology: the Case of Laparoscopic Gastric Bypass Surgery;" and International Health Economics Association (IHEA), 8th "Matching for Life: A Model of Suicide Intervention," with Lisa Delgado, Penn State. Upon graduating from U Penn, Dr. Storino worked as a financial analyst for an independent power developer, overseeing analysis of more than $500 million in municipal bond and private equity investments in alternative energy projects. She became a management shareholder and pursued various business projects before returning to graduate school. Dr. Storino has received several awards for teaching including The Crystal Award from The Fox School (2005) and the Award for Excellence in Teaching by a Doctoral Student (2005).

Diane Trace
Instructor of Economics
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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
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Dr. Markowitz is currently on sabbatical until Spring 2016.

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.


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. Jason D. Rivera
Instructor of Political Science
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Jason David Rivera earned his B.A. in History at Rowan University, and later his M.P.A at Rutgers University - Camden. More recently, he completed his Ph.D. in public affairs at Rutgers University – Camden with a specialization in community development. His research focuses on the public administration of disaster management with an emphasis on ethnic minority and low-income experiences. He is coauthor of Hurricane Katrina and the Redefinition of Landscape, with DeMond Miller (2008) and coeditor of How Ethnically Marginalized Americans Cope with Catastrophic Disasters: Studies in Suffering and Resiliency (2010), Community Disaster Recovery and Resiliency: Exploring Global Opportunities and Challenges (2010), and Comparative Emergency Management: Examining Global and Regional Responses to Disasters (2011), with DeMond Miller. Jason is also an American Political Science Association Minority Fellow.


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
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