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POLITICAL SCIENCE and ECONOMICS
FACULTY and STAFF
Dr. Natalie D. Reaves
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.
Dr. Robert Ferrari
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.
Brendan Livingston is an Assistant Professor of Economics in the Political Science and Economics Department at Rowan University. He specializes in crime, Prohibition, and poverty relief in American Economic History. Dr. Livingston received his B.A. from Lewis and Clark College in 2003, his M.A. from University of California Davis in 2004, and his Ph.D. from the University of Arizona in 2011. He also worked for the Bureau of Labor Statistics in 2005 to 2006.
Dr. Laura Shinn
Dr. Shinn 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. Shinn 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. Shinn 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. Shinn 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).
Christine L. Storrie, M.A., M.B.A.
Christine Storrie is currently in the process of completing her Ph.D. in Economics with a concentration in Finance from the University of Delaware. Additionally, she earned an M.S. in Economics and Applied Econometrics from the University of Delaware and an MBA from Widener University. Christine has over 13 years of teaching experience having taught at various colleges and universities before coming to Rowan. Her research interests are in the areas of monetary economics and applied macroeconomics with a particular focus on asset pricing bubbles, interest rates and the recent U.S. housing bubble.
POLITICAL SCIENCE FACULTY
Dr. Danielle Gougon
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.
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.
Jason David Rivera earned his B.A. in History at Rowan University, and later his M.P.A at Rutgers University - Camden. Currently, he is in the process of completing his Ph.D. in public affairs at Rutgers University – Camden with a specialization in community development. His research focuses on social vulnerability to natural and manmade disasters with an emphasis on ethnic minority and low-income experiences. Examples of his work can be found in the Journal of Black Studies, the Journal of Applied Security Research: Protection and Response in Asset Protection, Terrorism, and Violence, The Journal of Public Management and Social Policy, the Journal of Critical Incident Analysis, Societies Without Borders: Human Rights and the Social Sciences, the International Journal of Emergency Management and Through the Eye of the Storm: Social Justice in the United States. 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
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 T. Vietri
Lois Testa Vietri is a life-long learner. She earned a doctorate in political science and launched her first career in government and campaign consulting. Luckily she was drawn back to academe and undergraduate teaching in American politics, U.S. foreign policy and public administration at the University of Maryland College Park. She is a founding member of the U.S.-Vietnam Reconciliation Project that lobbied for normalization of relations after the war and the Vietnam War Curriculum Group that developed national curriculum for teaching the Vietnam war for high school and college professors. Lois made her first trip to Vietnam in 1991 with Vietnam veterans to evaluate prosthetics clinics there. She founded the Maryland Vietnam Partnership in 1991, an organization that has built partnerships with government, academic, and international organizations in Vietnam and Maryland. 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 New Jersey and Rowan University and to a new career in the nonprofit world. Vietri founded Women’s Empowerment and Voice (WEAV) a global education nonprofit in 2011 that provides scholarships to keep poor Vietnamese adolescent girls in secondary school and college.
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Francine V. Knight
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