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Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 812
Phone: 646 660-6792
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A tireless innovator with vast knowledge across disciplines, Stan Altman has been a seminal figure in higher education both as an administrator and teacher. A former interim President of Baruch College, where he’s currently Professor in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, he has initiated interdisciplinary programs among branches of CUNY and the private sector. These innovative programs include the Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project, the CUNY-IBM Watson competition and other experiential learning opportunities. They have connected technology, business social services and the arts with the goal of promoting student empowerment. Dr. Altman has been a strong background in technology and social systems emphasizing interdisciplinary collaborations.
He graduated from City College in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and earned an MS from Purdue University and a doctorate in systems science from the Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn. Dr. Altman’s early career involved research into the design of parallel computers, computer-based information systems and transportation systems.
He was one of an early vanguard of professionals with strong applied mathematics and engineering backgrounds who applied their skills to the delivery of public services and in later years to the study of health systems. In the process, he developed a powerful cross-disciplinary approach to problem solving. Dr. Altman’s expertise and areas of interest include strategic planning, improving the productivity of public services, nonprofit management, health policy and social entrepreneurship. He has served as a consultant to the RAND Corporation, the Institute for Defense Analysis, Citicorp and numerous New York City and non-profit agencies. Among his accomplishments was the development of Project MATCH, a building superintendent training program for New York City owned housing, and Project SCORECARD, a system for rating the cleanliness of New York City Streets. His career also demonstrates his commitment to service through his volunteer work both in New York City and in Southern India. He has created several for-profit and non-profit organizations, including Healing Hearts, a 501(c) that raises funds for a hospital and research center in India.
Marxe Chair of Western Hemisphere Affairs and Professor, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 915
Phone: 646 660-6718
Fax: 646 660-6701
Enrique Desmond Arias is the Marxe Chair in Western Hemisphere Affairs. His research focuses on security and politics in Latin America and the Caribbean. He is the author of Criminal Enterprises and Governance in Latin America and the Caribbean (Cambridge University Press) Drugs and Democracy in Rio de Janeiro: Trafficking, Social Networks, and Public Security (University of North Carolina Press) and is co-editor of Violent Democracies in Latin America published (Duke University Press). His writing has appeared in Comparative Politics, Perspectives on Politics, the Latin American Research Review, Current Sociology, the Journal of Latin American Studies, Policing and Society, Qualitative Sociology, Latin American Politics and Society, America’s Quarterly, Studies in Comparative International Development, Americas Quarterly, Foreign Affairs Latinoamérica and the Revista de Estudios Socio-Juridicos. United States Fulbright Commission, the American Council of Learned Societies, the Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis Center of Excellence, the Open Society Foundation, the Tinker Foundation, the National Center for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism, and the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation have provided funding for his research. In addition to his scholarship, he has served as a consultant to the Ford Foundation, the United Nations Development Programme, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, and the United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UNHabitat). As part of his work with these last two organizations, Professor Arias was the principal author of the United Nations Introductory Handbook on Policing Urban Space. He is currently working on a book on crime in South American cities with colleagues at the University of Chile building on research that was funded by the Canadian International Development Research Centre and is starting a project on illicit organizations and governance in Colombian and Afghanistan with support from the Minerva Research Initiative.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room D-409
Phone: 646 660-6828
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Nancy Aries has been engaged in both academic administration and research. Between 2010-2016 she was Director of the Baruch College Honors Programs. Prior to that she served as the CUNY’s interim University Dean for Undergraduate Education and as Executive Director of Academic Programs at the Marxe School.
Her areas of research are health policy and management including the competing nature of workforce and patient diversity on the provision of hospital based services, medical professionalism, the economic impact of biomedical research and reproductive health policy. The third edition of, Policy and Politics for Nurses and Other Healthcare Professionals, is forthcoming in Spring 2018. Other work has been published in the American Journal of Public Health, the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law, and Health Care Management Review.
She received her AB from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Urban Studies and PhD in Social Policy from Brandeis University.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 1009
Phone: 646 660-6841
Fax: 646 660-6831
Cristina Balboa is an associate professor at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, CUNY. Her research incorporates international relations, comparative policy, and organization theory to demonstrate the relationship between an organization’s internal characteristics (like structure, diversity) and its external accountability, legitimacy, and efficacy. Her book “The Paradox of Scale; How NGOs Build, Maintain, and Lose Authority in Environmental Governance” is available through The MIT Press. Other publications include “How Successful Transnational NGOs Set Themselves up for Failure on the Ground” in World Development (2014); “Policymaking in the Global Context: Training Students to Build Effective Strategic Partnerships” (with Deloffre, 2015) in the Journal of Public Affairs Education; and the Baruch Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management Report “International NGOs in New York City: A Comparative Study”, (available free at the center’s website).
She is a board member of the Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA) and also a founding administrator of the Global Issues/Transnational Actors interest group.
Professor Balboa received her Ph.D. from Yale University in Environmental Policy and Governance, where her dissertation was awarded the 2010 Gabriel G. Rudney Memorial Award for Outstanding Dissertation in Nonprofit and Voluntary Action Research from ARNOVA. Prior to her academic work, Cristina spent almost a decade working in nonprofits in Washington D.C. and Ecuador on environmental issues in Latin America, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd, Room 606
Phone: 646 660-6762
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Deborah Balk is Associate Director of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. She is also a member of the CUNY Graduate Center faculty in the sociology, public health and economics programs. Her expertise lies in spatial demography and the integration of earth and social science data and methods to address interdisciplinary policy questions. Her current research focus is on urbanization, migration & population distribution, poverty and health, and environmental interactions, particularly climate change. Prior to coming to Baruch, she held appointments at Columbia University, the East-West Center, and the University of Michigan.
She received her PhD in Demography from the University of California at Berkeley, and her Masters in Public Policy and AB in International Relations from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 605
Phone: 646 660-6779
Fax: 646 660-6784
Neil G. Bennett is Director of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. He is also a member of the Sociology faculty at the CUNY Graduate Center. His expertise is in both mathematical and social demography. He was the founding Executive Director of the New York Census Research Data Center, one of only a handful of such centers around the country, where scholars can gain extraordinary access to data produced by the Census Bureau. Prior to coming to Baruch, he held appointments at Yale University, where he was Associate Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of Sociology, as well as Columbia University and The University of Michigan. He has served on various boards of directors, including those of the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and the Guttmacher Institute.
He received his Ph.D. in Sociology at Princeton, with a specialization in mathematical demography, and an Sc.B. in Applied Mathematics at Brown.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 914
Phone: 646 660-6700
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David Birdsell has centered his academic work on the nexus of communication, media, and information technology in politics, government and nonprofit administration. An expert on political debating and widely published on communication theory and practice, David is a regular guest commentator on debates and other aspects of political communication for television and print media. His work has been supported by the Pew Charitable Trusts, the IBM Endowment for the Study of Business and Government, the Lyndon Baines Johnson Foundation, the New York Community Trust, the JPMorganChase Foundation, the United Way of New York City, the Markle Foundation, and other funders. David is Past President of the Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration, and serves on NASPAA’s Executive Council. He chairs the boards of Governance Matters and of the New York Federal Statistical Research Data Center. He is a member of the board of the New York Council of Nonprofits and a Fellow of the National Academy of Public Administration.
David received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in Public Communication from the University of Maryland.
Dr. Boland’s research explores the impact of state and federal public policies on higher education, particularly minority serving institutions (MSIs). This includes how state accountability policies affect college outcomes, the relationship between finance public policies and student success, and the role of politics in policymaking for postsecondary education. His work has been published in the American Education Research Journal, Educational Policy, and Education Sciences. He has presented at the annual meetings of AERA and ASHE. Dr. Boland has a PhD from the University of Pennsylvania.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 904
Phone: 646 660 6843
Fax: 646 660-6701
Dr. Bolitzer’s research focuses on how college faculty and institutional leaders learn to advance college students’ academic learning and professional development. She is particularly interested in how people working in higher education can engage students’ socio-cultural identities, and the institutional policies and cultures that support those efforts. She has published her work in the Review of Higher Education, the Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, and The Journal of Faculty Development, among other outlets, and presented her work at the annual conferences of the Association for the Study of Higher Education (ASHE) and the American Educational Research Association (AERA).
Prior to joining the Baruch faculty, she was the project manager for MetroCITI: A Multi-Institutional Professional Development Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University and held teaching appointments at Teachers College, Columbia University, Stony Brook University and Brooklyn College of the City University of New York.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 1001
Phone: 646 660-6866
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Hilary Botein’s research explores the factors that influence urban development, with special attention to the social politics of policies and programs underlying affordable housing and community development. She also is interested in how housing programs can meet the needs of vulnerable populations – and in how they fail. Prior to her academic career, she worked for eighteen years as an attorney and policy analyst on affordable housing and economic justice issues, primarily in New York City.
She received her Ph.D. from the Division of Urban Planning at Columbia University, her J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law, and her B.A. from Swarthmore College.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 1000
Phone: 646 660-6858
Fax: 646 660-6701
John Casey has published extensively and given numerous presentations in the fields of government-nongovernment relations, immigration policy, policing, and university teaching.
From 1999 to 2007, he was Senior Lecturer in management, leadership and governance at the Australian Graduate School of Policing and Charles Sturt University in Sydney. He was also a visiting lecturer in criminal justice at the University of Maine at Augusta and the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and an adjunct lecturer in community management at the University of Technology in Sydney.
Before his academic career, Dr. Casey worked as a public sector and nonprofit executive. From 1992 to 1998, he was the Executive Officer of the Masters in Public Management program at a three university consortium in Barcelona, Spain and a consultant to the European Union working on public sector development in Eastern Europe. Previously, he had been the Director of the Mayor’s Office of Adult Literacy for the City of New York, USA and a social services manager in Sydney, Australia.
He received his PhD from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.
His online publications page is at: sites.google.com/site/johncaseypublications/Home
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 1008
Phone: 646 660-6847
Fax: 646 660-6831
Bin Chen is a professor and an affiliated faculty with the Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, and a doctoral faculty member of Ph.D. Program in Social Welfare at The Graduate Center, The City University of New York (CUNY).
His research focuses on cross-sectoral governance and interorganizational collaboration in public policy implementation, government-nonprofit relations, regional network governance, and comparative public administration and public policy; spans policy areas of family and children services, elderly care, homeless, mental health, and disability. His research methods include social network analysis (SNA) and qualitative comparative analysis (QCA). Professor Chen published in the Journal of Public Administration Research and Theory, Public Administration Review, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, International Public Management Journal, Public Performance & Management Review, Nonprofit Management & Leadership, Urban Affairs Review, Policy & Politics, and others. He serves on the editorial boards of Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, Urban Affairs Review, and others.
Prior to his academic career, Professor Chen worked for the Shanghai Municipal Foreign Affairs Office, China. He was a visiting policy analyst at the Asia 2000 Foundation of New Zealand (Now Asia New Zealand Foundation) and a visiting researcher at the Centre for Strategic Studies New Zealand. He was a British Council Senior Chevening Scholar in the United Kingdom, a Social Science Research Council Dissertation Fellow in the United States, and a recipient of the William Diaz Fellowship from the Nonprofit Academic Centers Council (NACC).
He received his Ph.D. in public administration from the University of Southern California (USC), M.Sc. in public administration and public policy from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and B.A. in English from Shanghai International Studies University (SHISU).
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room A14-22
Phone: 646 660-6849
Fax: 646 660-6831
Dr. Chen’s fields of research include traffic safety, injury prevention, school safety, comparative healthcare systems, public/corporate finance, public and nonprofit organization performance and management, research methodology, and program evaluation.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 1004B
Phone: 646 660-6716
Fax: 646 660-6701
Dr. Héctor R. Cordero-Guzmán received his M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology from The University of Chicago is a Professor at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College of the City University of New York. He is also a Professor in the Ph.D. Programs in Sociology and in Urban Education at the City University of New York (CUNY) Graduate School and University Center. Prior to joining the Marxe School at CUNY, Dr. Cordero-Guzman was a Program Officer in the Economic Development and the Quality Employment Units of the Asset Building and Community Development Program at The Ford Foundation.
Between 2002 and 2007, Dr. Cordero-Guzman was a Professor and the Chair of the Black and Hispanic Studies Department at Baruch College of the City University of New York where he was responsible for managing and overseeing the work in Black and Hispanic Studies. Before joining the faculty at Baruch College of the City University of New York, Dr. Cordero-Guzman spent six years as an Assistant Professor at the Robert J. Milano Graduate School of Management and Urban Policy at the New School for Social Research where he taught a range of graduate courses in statistics, research methods, and social welfare policy. He also worked as the Research Director for Political Economy at the Center for Puerto Rican Studies at Hunter College of the City University of New York, the largest Latino focused research center in the eastern United States and was an adjunct instructor in Latin American Studies at Rutgers University in New Jersey.
Over his career, Dr. Cordero-Guzman has collaborated and worked as a consultant to many government, research, and community based organizations including: the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (ASPE and OCS), U.S. Department of Labor (ETA, OSHA, OASP), The U.S. Department of Education, The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans, The Surdna Foundation, The New World Foundation, The College Board’s National Task Force on Minority High Achievement, The New York State Attorney General’s Office (Civil Rights Division), New York City’s Department of Youth and Community Development (DYCD), The Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs (MOIA), The Aspen Institute Roundtable on Comprehensive Community Initiatives, The Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, The Chapin Hall Center for Children at the University of Chicago, The Economic Development Assistance Consortium (EDAC), Fundacion Chana Goldstein and Samuel Levis, The Urban Institute, FLACSO (Facultad Latinoamericana de Ciencias Sociales), Red Internacional de Migracion y Desarrollo, The Hispanic Federation, The Hispanic Association of Colleges and Universities (HACU), The South Bronx Overall Economic Development Corporation (SOBRO), Sunnyside Community Services, The Coalition for Asian-American Children and Families, The Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, and a variety of other groups and organizations. Currently, Dr. Cordero-Guzman is a member of the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Technical Working Group on Family Self-Sufficiency; the Hispanic Research Advisory Group, and the Technical Working Group of the Self-Sufficiency Research Clearing House (SSRC).
Dr. Cordero-Guzman has published his academic research on issues related to education, employment, poverty, race and inequality, non-profit organizations, international migration, transnational processes, economic development, and social welfare policy in American Behavioral Scientist, The Journal of Small Business Management, The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science, Racial and Ethnic Studies, International Migration, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, Social Forces, Diaspora, The Review of Black Political Economy, Migration World and in a number of other volumes. Dr. Cordero-Guzman is also the editor of Migration, Transnationalization and Race in a Changing New York (with Dr. Ramon Grosfoguel and Dr. Robert Smith) and was involved in drafting a report for The White House Initiative on Educational Excellence for Hispanic Americans on community based services and programs that focus on Latino youth entitled What Works for Latino Youth.
Dr. Cordero-Guzman has served on the Board of Directors of a number of non-profit organizations including ACCION-New York, the largest micro-lending organization in the United States; the Community Service Society of New York (CSS), the oldest and largest anti-poverty group in New York City; the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone (UMEZ), a federally chartered multi-million dollar economic development initiative; St. Ann’s Corner of Harm Reduction, one of the largest and oldest needle exchange programs in New York City; El Barrio Popular Education Program, an adult education program; and is on the advisory board of New York City’s Young Men Initiative (YMI). Currently, Dr. Cordero-Guzman serves on the Board of Director of the Association for Research of Non Profit Organizations and Voluntary Action (ARNOVA), a professional association; The Economic Policy Institute in Washington, DC; The Afro-Latin Jazz Alliance; and El Museo Del Barrio, the largest Puerto Rican\Latino Museum in the United States.
Dr. Cordero-Guzman lives in East Harlem, New York.
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- Poverty in New York City: Analysis of Data from March 2010 Current Population Survey (CPS) with a Focus on the Latino Population
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Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 905
Phone: 646 660-6749
Fax: 646 660-6701
Marco DeSena is a communications consultant and the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs’ undergraduate faculty advisor, speaking to prospective students about the degree’s opportunities and advising current students on their future classwork and careers. After graduating from Baruch College, Marco was awarded placement in the prestigious New York City Urban Fellows, a national fellowship program for recent graduates, where he worked for the Chancellor’s Office in the Department of Education. Later, Marco worked as a writer and policy analyst in think-tanks and advocacy groups in London and Washington, DC. He has also worked on numerous political campaigns, including as a speech writer and policy analyst for the Giuliani Presidential Campaign, and for congressional and statewide races.
Marco earned a BS in Public Affairs from Baruch College, CUNY, and an MSc in Comparative Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
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Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 808A
Dr. D’Souza is a development economist who studies issues related to food security and nutrition, food price shocks, conflict and instability, governance, and international trade. Before joining Baruch, she worked as a research economist at the Economic Research Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture. She also worked as an adjunct professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, a consultant for the World Bank, and a Peace Corps volunteer in Senegal. Dr. D’Souza received a BS in Finance and Economics from the Stern School of Business at NYU and an MS and PhD in Economics from UCLA.
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Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 415
Phone: 646 660-6829
Fax: 646 660-6831
Jonathan Engel conducts research in the historical evolution of U.S. health and social welfare policy. His books are Doctors and Reformers: Discussion and Debate on Health Policy, 1925-1950 (University of South Carolina Press, 2002); Poor People’s Medicine: Medicaid and U.S. Charity Care Since 1965 (Duke University Press, 2006); The Epidemic: A History of AIDS (Smithsonian Books, 2006); American Therapy: The Rise of Psychotherapy in the United States (Gotham Books of Penguin/Putnam, 2008); Unaffordable: American Healthcare from Johnson to Trump (University of Wisconsin, 2017); and Fat Nation: Obesity in America Since 1945 (forthcoming). He is currently writing a history of science policy in the United States during the Cold War, tentatively titled Transforming American Science. .
Professor Engel teaches courses in the healthcare policy track of the MPA, in addition to teaching the research methods sequence. Prior to joining Baruch College in 2008, he was a professor of healthcare policy and management at Seton Hall University for 13 years. He has also taught courses in healthcare finance and policy at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University and at the School of Public Health at the University of Massachusetts. He currently serves as Faculty Development Coordinator for the Marxe School.
He received his B.A. from Harvard in the history of science in 1986, his MBA from the Yale School of Management in 1991, and his Ph.D. in the history of medicine and science from Yale Graduate School in 1994.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 1008
Phone: 646 660-6834
Fax: 646 660-6831
Dr. Feller’s work focuses on professional development in the nonprofit sector. He directs the Hagedorn Internship Program for undergraduates and the Washington Semester internship program for graduate students, as well as managing executive programs for United Neighborhood Houses. He spent 11 years as a teacher and administrator in public schools in New Rochelle and East Harlem and 21 years at JPMorgan Chase, where he was Senior Vice President of Corporate Social Responsibility and President of the J.P. Morgan Chase Foundation.
He received his EdD from Columbia University.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 418
Phone: 646 660-6845
Fax: 646 660-6831
Diane Gibson is an Associate Professor at the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs and Executive Director of the New York Federal Statistical Research Data Center at Baruch College. Her research focuses on the relationship between means-tested social program participation and nutrition and health outcomes, the links between the neighborhood food environment and food purchase decisions, predictors of and policies to enhance adherence to diabetes preventive care recommendations, and the availability of and access to vision-related health care. Her research has been published in journals such as the American Journal of Preventive Medicine, American Journal of Public Health, JAMA Ophthalmology, Journal of Nutrition, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Journal of Urban Economics, and Preventive Medicine.
Professor Gibson mainly teaches courses in microeconomics and public finance. She was awarded the Baruch College Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2004 and she received a Baruch College Alumni Association Faculty Service Award in 2014.
Professor Gibson earned a B.S. in Economics and International Relations from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and a M.A. and a Ph.D. in Public Policy from the University of Chicago.
Nicole A. Gordon
Distinguished Lecturer and Faculty Director, Executive Master of Public Administration, JD Columbia
Office Location: 13 East 22nd Street, Room 306
Phone: 646 660–6736
Nicole A. Gordon is the Faculty Director of the CUNY Baruch College Executive M.P.A. program and Distinguished Lecturer of Public Affairs. She has served for over twenty-five years in government and not-for-profit leadership positions. She was the founding Executive Director of New York City’s pioneer Campaign Finance Board, building this reform agency into a nationally and internationally recognized model. At the Board she was responsible for the disbursement of tens of millions of dollars in public funding to candidates for New York City elective offices, enforcement of the New York City Campaign Finance Act, creation of sophisticated databases for public disclosure of campaign finances, distribution of New York City’s multi-lingual Voter Guide to millions of households, crafting of legislative initiatives and agency regulations, and evaluation of the impact of the Campaign Finance Program. After serving for 18 years at the Campaign Finance Board, she was the Vice President of the JEHT Foundation, which focused on criminal justice, international justice, elections, and juvenile justice. There she was in charge of all program areas and grants administration, working closely with government officials, academics, not-for-profit institutions, and other foundations to effect change in governmental policy and practice. She later was Chair of New York State’s Task Force on Public Safety Accountability, which was created to integrate evidence-based policy and practice in New York’s eight public safety (primarily criminal justice) agencies. She was the Executive Director of the Marshall Project, a not-for-profit, non-partisan news organization dedicated to covering America’s criminal justice system.
Before joining the Campaign Finance Board, Ms. Gordon served as Counsel to the Chairman of the New York State Commission on Government Integrity and as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in New York City’s Law Department, handling a wide range of cases including cases involving environmental, education, civil rights, and employment law. She was also a litigator in private practice as an associate at the firm of Debevoise and Plimpton. She is a past president of the Council on Governmental Ethics Laws (“COGEL”) and has served on numerous committees of the New York City and New York State Bar Associations. She has taught at the Fordham University School of Law and Cardozo Law School and has written law review and political science articles on subjects relating to law, public policy, and public administration.
She also teaches a course on law and public policy at the NYU-Wagner School of Public Service as an Adjunct Professor of Public Policy.
Ms. Gordon holds an A. B. degree from Barnard College with Honors in Classical Greek and a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where she was the recipient of the Convers Prize for best original writing on a legal subject. She was a law clerk to the Hon. Harold R. Medina of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
Office Location: 55 Lexington Avenue, Room 5-284
Phone: 646 312-4422
Fax: 646 312-4411
Els de Graauw is Associate Professor at Baruch College, the City University of New York, with an appointment in the Department of Political Science and teaching responsibilities also in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs. Her research centers on the nexus of immigration and citizenship, civil society organizations, urban and regional politics, and public policy, with a focus on building institutional capacity for immigrant integration and representation.
Her award-winning book Making Immigrant Rights Real: Nonprofits and the Politics of Integration in San Francisco (Cornell University Press, 2016) analyzes the role of nonprofit organizations in advocating for immigrant integration policies in San Francisco, with a focus on immigrant language access, labor rights, and municipal ID cards. She is currently working on her second book, a comparative study of city and state immigrant affairs offices in the United States, with a focus on New York City, Atlanta, Houston, San Francisco, and Detroit. With Shannon Gleeson (Cornell University), she is conducting an institutional analysis of the implementation of the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in three metropolitan regions: the San Francisco Bay Area, the Greater Houston Area, and the New York City Metro Area. She also is conducting research on immigrant organizations in New York City and immigrant integration in New York State.
Her research appears in the Journal of Migration and Human Security, Politics, Groups, and Identities, Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies, Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, WorkingUSA, Politics & Society, American Journal of Sociology, Annual Review of Political Science, Daedalus, Hérodote, and various edited volumes. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the Howard J. Samuels State and City Policy Center, the Professional Staff Congress at CUNY, the Eugene M. Lang Foundation, the National Center for Border Security and Immigration, the Hauser Institute for Civil Society (Harvard Kennedy School of Government), the Institute for the Social Sciences (Cornell University), the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues (UC Berkeley), and the Netherland-America Foundation.
Els earned her Ph.D. degree in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She has been a researcher at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and Cornell University. In 2012, she co-founded the Section on Migration and Citizenship of the American Political Science Association, and she served as the Section’s elected co-president and secretary between 2012 and 2016. Els serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies and the Urban Affairs Review.
An up-to-date list of publications can be found on her website.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd St., Room 817D
Fax: 646 660-6701
Professor Jessica Greene evaluates health reform-related policies and strategies intended to improve the quality of health care, including financial incentives, public reporting of provider quality, and consumer engagement. She has published widely in top health policy and primary care journals including Health Affairs, the Milbank Quarterly, and the Annals of Family Medicine. She currently serves as a Deputy Editor for the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Prior to joining the Baruch faculty in 2016, she was a faculty member at George Washington University and the University of Oregon. At Baruch, Dr. Greene teaches classes in statistics and health policy.
She earned her doctorate in Public Administration at New York University and master’s degrees in Public Health and International Affairs at Columbia University.
Office Location:135 East 22nd Street, Room 616
Phone: 646 660-6868
Fax: 646 660-6871
Frank Heiland’s research focuses on labor, health, and demographic economics and he has worked on a wide range of topics: retirement, housing wealth, obesity, child wellbeing, fertility preferences, and migration. He has published on the effects of the early retirement rules of the US Social Security system on labor supply and benefit claiming behavior, the social dynamics of obesity, the effects of fertility and parental relationship status on child wellbeing, and on the determinants of East-West German migration after the fall of the Berlin Wall. His articles have been published in Economic Inquiry, Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, Applied Economics, the European Journal of Population, and Demographic Research. His research has been supported by grants from the National Institutes of Health and the Social Security Administration.
He holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 919
In 2019, Dr. Hernandez transitioned to the Marxe School from U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services, where he served as an asylum officer. He interviewed people seeking protection from persecution and adjudicated their claims. His research focuses on immigration policy and, more broadly, the reorganization of public agencies. He has taught in the areas of public administration and criminal justice as a distinguished lecturer at C.U.N.Y. Hostos Community College. As a practitioner, he served as the Commissioner of the N.Y.C. Department of Juvenile Justice (between 2002 and 2010) and as an assistant district attorney in Suffolk County, N.Y.
He earned his Ph.D. from the C.U.N.Y. Graduate Center and he holds, among others, a M.P.A. from Columbia University and a J.D. from Hofstra University.
Dr. Hernandez serves on the Advisory Council of the Queens Botanical Garden.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 917B
Phone: 646 660-6783
Fax: 646 660-6831
David Hoffman works at the intersection of rhetoric, history and politics. He has published work on classical rhetorical theory, as well as rhetorical criticism of political figures, both historical and contemporary. His work has appeared in such journals as Rhetorica, Rhetoric and Public Affairs, and Rhetoric Society Quarterly. Professor Hoffman has also taught courses in rhetorical theory, persuasion, and public advocacy and has conducted seminars in leadership and the communication of emotion. He has helped to conduct communication development sessions for the Leadership Academy, the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation, and the Greater New York Hospital Association.
He received his Ph.D. in Communication Studies from the University of Iowa in 2000.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 401
Phone: 646 660-6729
Fax: 646 660-6701
Professor Jarvis is an accomplished scholar whose research and teaching focus on race, politics, and the media. She has written several book chapters and papers, and is currently completing a book entitled Through a Prism, Darkly: The Media’s Impact on Race and Politics in America Since the Civil Rights Act of 1964. She is an active member of several professional associations and academic organizations. In addition to her scholastic work, she has served in a number of administrative positions, including most notably as the executive director of the National Coalition on Black Voter Participation, Inc. A frequent commentator on public issues, she has been interviewed by almost every major media outlet in the country, such as National Public Radio, the Washington Post, and CNN. She has taught undergraduate and graduate courses on media politics, and she brings a wealth of practical and theoretical knowledge to the courses she teaches at Baruch.
She graduated with a JD from Yale University.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, 8th floor, Room 810a
Phone: 646 660-6870
Fax: 646 660-6701
Bryan Jones is a geographer with expertise in human-environment interactions, urban environments, and spatial modelling. His current research explores the relationship between human population dynamics and climate change in driving human vulnerability to climate-related hazards, focusing particularly on urban sustainability and climate-resilient policy. Prior to joining Baruch Bryan was a NSF Science, Engineering, and Education (SEES) Fellow at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research. He has also worked as a postgraduate scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research and as a consultant for the World Bank.
Bryan received his PhD in Geography from the University of Colorado-Boulder, and his Masters in Geography and BA in Economics from the University of Connecticut.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 415
Phone: 646 660-6704
Fax: 646 660-6831
Dr. de Lancer Julnes earned a Ph.D. in public administration at Rutgers University, a master of public administration at Fairleigh Dickinson University, a bachelor of science in marketing, minor in economics, at Rutgers University, an associate’s degree in marketing from New York City Technical College, and most recently, a certificate in public health from Penn State College of Medicine. She was professor of public administration at Penn State Harrisburg, where she also served as director of the School of Public Affairs. Before joining Penn State Harrisburg, she served as a special assistant to the provost at the University of Baltimore in Baltimore, MD, and director of the doctor of public administration program. Her academic experience includes academic appointments at institutions across the country including Utah State University, University of Illinois at Springfield, and Fairleigh Dickinson University.
Dr. de Lancer Julnes’s research interests and expertise are in performance measurement, accountability, innovation in government, corruption in government, and citizen-driven governance, and health policy. She is the author or lead co-author and editor of several books on performance measurement and innovation in government. An award winning scholar, her articles have appeared in Public Administration Review, Public Performance and Management Review, Evaluation, and Reforma y Democracia, among other peer-reviewed journals. She is the lead author of the article, Promoting the Utilization of Performance Measures in Public Organizations: An Empirical study of Factors Affecting Adoption and Implementation, which was designated as one of Public Administration Review’s 75 most influential articles appearing in the journal since its inception in 1940.
She has consulted with government and nonprofit organizations in the United States and abroad to develop effective performance management systems that help to improve the outcome of their programs. She has served as managing editor of the International Review of Public Administration and serves on the editorial board of Public Administration Review and Public Performance and Management Review. Dr. de Lancer Julnes has held numerous leadership roles in the American Society for Public Administration and the Inter-American Network of Public Administration Education. In 2013 she was named one of Maryland’s 2013 Top 100 Women by the Maryland Daily Record. In the same year she also received the Officer’s Cross of the Order of Isabelle the Catholic from the government of Spain for her work in promoting the relationships between the United States and Spain and for her work to improve the status of Hispanics in the United States.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 406
Phone: 646 660-6838
Fax: 646 660-6831
Judith Kafka uses a historical lens to examine the social, political, and institutional forces that shape American schooling. Her research focuses on urban education from the postwar era through today, and she is particularly interested in the ways in which educational policies serve to both interrupt and reinforce social and economic inequalities.
Dr. Kafka’s book, The History of ‘Zero Tolerance’ in American Public Schooling (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), explores the intersection of race, politics, and bureaucracy in the context of school discipline, using the case of the Los Angeles City School District. Her scholarship has appeared in the Handbook of Research on Teaching (AERA, 2016), History of Education Quarterly, American Journal of Education, Peabody Journal of Education, and Teachers College Record. She is currently at work on a history of race, space and schooling in Brooklyn, from the nineteenth century through today.
Dr. Kafka teaches courses on school reform and education policy and is an active member of the History of Education Society and Division F (History and Historiography) and Division L (Education Policy and Politics) of the American Educational Research Association.
Dr. Kafka received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 615
Phone: 646 660-6782
Fax: 646 660-6770
Sanders Korenman, an economist, has been a member of the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs faculty since 1996. He served as Senior Economist for labor, welfare, and education for President Clinton’s Council of Economic Advisers and was a member of the Board on Children, Youth, and Families of the National Academy of Sciences. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research. His recent research includes studies of the impact of health insurance benefits on poverty, with Dahlia Remler and Rosemary Hyson, and the relationship between school engagement and teenage childbearing in NYC, in collaboration with researchers from the NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. He teaches courses in the economic analysis of public policy, economics of the public sector and public finance, poverty and social welfare policy and research methods.
He received his PhD from Harvard University and his AB from the University of California, Berkeley, both in Economics.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 813
Phone: 646 660-6809
Karl Kronebusch’s research and teaching interests focus on health policy and the politics of health and social policy. His research has analyzed the politics of the Medicaid program, the effectiveness of policies designed to improve program participation, the effects of managed care regulation, and factors affecting the use of high-volume hospitals, including racial/ethnic disparities in the use of those hospitals. He is currently examining shifting patterns of political involvement and campaign contributions by health-related interest groups. He previously taught at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and Yale University.
Marxe Endowed Chair in Int'l Economics and Governance and Associate Professor, PhD, Boston College
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, 811
Dr. Leblebicioglu is the Marxe Chair in International Economics. Her research program is centered around issues in international macroeconomics, with a special focus on financial frictions, trade policy, and economic growth. She has published theoretical and empirical studies analyzing how international trade and financial linkages affect investment decisions, growth and economic fluctuations in emerging markets, as well as the U.S. economy. She previously held appointments at North Carolina State University, and the University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Leblebicioglu holds a PhD from Boston College.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 808B
Phone: 646 660-6742
Fax: 646 660-6701
Tiffany Lewis studies rhetoric, advocacy, and social movements. Her research examines U.S. women’s activism in the suffrage movement and leadership in political office during the progressive era.
Her book, Uprising: How Women Used the U.S. West to Win the Right to Vote, is forthcoming with Michigan State University. Her recent articles analyze suffragists’ use of maps and embodied activism in their advocacy. She has published articles in the Rhetoric & Public Affairs, American Journalism: A Journal of Media History, Advances in the History of Rhetoric, Women’s Studies in Communication, Communication Quarterly, Western Journal of Communication, and Cultural Studies ↔ Critical Methodologies.
She is a board member of the Organization for Research on Women and Communication, and is on the editorial board for the Recovering Democracy Archive: Speech Recovery Project.
She received her Ph.D. from the University of Maryland. She teaches classes on public communication, policy advocacy, and women in U.S. politics.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 912
Phone: 646 660-6719
Fax: 646 660-6701
Thomas J. Main’s research interests are: liberal democracy and its challenges, bureaucracy and public administration, urban politics, homelessness, and the American Constitution and founding. He is author of the books, The Rise of the Alt-Right(Brookings Institution Press, 2018) and Homelessness in New York City: Policymaking from Koch to de Blasio (NYU Press, 2016), and editor of the anthology, Is the American Constitution Obsolete? (Carolina Academic Press, 2013). He is now working on a book about the history of welfare politics and policy in New York City.
Professor Main teaches Capstone Seminars in the Marxe School and has written widely for academic journals, political magazines, and newspapers. He holds a BA from the University of Chicago, a two-year MPA from the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and a Ph.D. in Politics from Princeton University.
Marxe Endowed Chair in International Affairs and Professor, PhD, University of California, LA
Office Location: 135 E 22nd Street, Room 1009, Box D-0901
Phone: 646 660-6758
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Zachariah Mampilly is Marxe Chair of International Affairs at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, CUNY. Previously, he was Professor of Political Science, Africana Studies and International Studies at Vassar College. In 2012/2013, he was a Fulbright Visiting Professor at the University of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. He is the author of Rebel Rulers: Insurgent Governance and Civilian Life during War(Cornell U. Press 2011) and with Adam Branch, Africa Uprising: Popular Protest and Political Change (African Arguments, Zed Press 2015). He is the coeditor of Rebel Governance in Civil Wars (Cambridge U. Press 2015) with Ana Arjona and Nelson Kasfir; and Peacemaking: From Practice to Theory (Praeger 2011) with Andrea Bartoli and Susan Allen Nan.
James McCarthy has held senior faculty and leadership positions at Johns Hopkins, Columbia, The University of New Hampshire, and Baruch, where he served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs. He also served as President of Suffolk University, and as a consultant for strategic planning and academic technology at universities throughout the United States.
He has conducted demographic and public health research in the United States, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East, and has published extensively in leading journals in a number fields. For the Academic Year 2019-2020, McCarthy will also serve as Interim Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs at Baruch.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 1004A
Phone: 646 660-6811
George E. Mitchell is an associate professor at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College and is an affiliate of the Marxe School’s Center for Nonprofit Strategy and Management. Before joining the Marxe School, he was an assistant professor at the Colin Powell School at the City College of New York and a co-founder of the Transnational NGO Initiative at the Maxwell School of Syracuse University. His research examines topics in NGO and nonprofit management, leadership, and strategy, and appears in journals of NGO and nonprofit studies, public administration, and international relations. He is a coauthor of Between Power and Irrelevance: The Future of Transnational NGOs from Oxford University Press.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 404
Phone: 646 660-6846
Fax: 646 660-6831
Jerry Mitchell teaches virtual and in-person courses on American government, urban economic development, and animal policy. Professor Mitchell approaches the teaching and study of public administration through an ecological lens. His current research explores how animals and city parks are connected to politics and public policy.
He has been published in Economic Development Quarterly, the International Review of Administrative Sciences, and Public Administration Review. He is the author of Public Affairs in the Nation and New York (2017), Business Improvement Districts and the Shape of American Cities (2008), The American Experiment with Government Corporations (1999), and Public Authorities and Public Policy: The Business of Government (1992). Professor Mitchell’s nationwide study of business improvement districts was funded by the PricewaterhouseCoopers Endowment for the Business of Government.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 817
Phone: 646 660-6790
Fax: 646 660-6831
Dr. Muhleisen is a political scientist who studies international regimes, regulatory politics, and global governance with a specific focus on trade and financial regulation. She is the former Assistant Director of the European Union Studies Center and has previously taught courses on global governance, regionalism, and international organizations. She holds an MA in European Union International Relations and Diplomacy from the Collège d’Europe in Belgium. She has been awarded a Fulbright study grant to the European Union from the Fulbright-Schuman Commission and the Institute of International Education, and a Getting to Know Europe Grant from the European Commission.
She received her PhD in Political Science from The Graduate Center in 2016.
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A specialist in American public opinion, voting behavior and city politics, Doug Muzzio has had extensive political, governmental, and media experience. He is founder, former director and current chief pollster at Baruch College Survey Research.
He currently hosts City Talk on CUNY-TV (New York), which was nominated for an Emmy award in February 2005. Muzzio has been the political analyst and on-air commentator for WABC-TV and has done polling and political analysis for ABC News, Reuters, the Associated Press, the New York Times, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, NY1 and other local, national, and international news organizations and private firms for three decades. He is a widely-quoted analyst/commentator on city, state, and national issues.
His governmental experience includes: twice-elected trustee of the Pequannock Township (New Jersey) Board of Education; chief-of-staff to New York City Councilmember At Large Antonio Olivieri; consultant to the New York City Charter Revision Commission (1988/1989) and contributor to the 2003 and 2010 charter commissions; research director for the 1989 Dinkins mayoral campaign; consultant to City agencies and not-for-profit organizations. From 1998-2001, he developed and delivered cultural diversity training programs for the New York City Police Department and for the Administration for Children’s Services.
Muzzio is a frequent contributor at professional conferences and has published on a broad range of subjects across several disciplines.He is currently writing Decent People Shouldn’t Live Here: The Reel American City, which focuses on the images of the U.S. city in movies from their birth to the current day.
He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from New York University.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 917A
Phone: 646 660-6765
Fax: 646 660-6701
Rahul Pathak is an Assistant Professor at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at the Baruch College, City University of New York. Before joining CUNY, he worked for the Fiscal Research Center and Center for State and Local Finance at the Georgia State University, Atlanta.
Rahul’s principal research interests lie at the intersection of public finance and social policy. He is particularly interested in the functioning of the subnational governments and institutional reforms to promote an equitable and efficient provision of public goods. He also works on social policy and international development topics as they relate to public finance. His research has appeared in journals such as Public Administration Review, Regional Science and Urban Economics, State and Local Government Review, and State Tax Notes.
He received his Ph.D. in Public Policy from the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies (AYSPS) at Georgia State University, Atlanta and holds a Master’s degree in Development Studies from the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. At Baruch, he teaches courses related to public finance and budgeting. He is also the recipient of the AYSPS Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching Public Policy.
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Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 407
Phone: 646 660-6764
Fax: 646 660-6701
Alexis Perrotta is a Lecturer Doctoral Schedule at Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, City University of New York. Her research is focused on the intersection of urban transportation policy, planning and welfare. Using qualitative methods, her doctoral research provides a novel exploration of equity and access as it relates to public transportation planning. Ms. Perrotta earned a doctorate in Urban Planning from the Columbia University Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation (2015). She has a Master’s degree in Public Administration from the Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (2002) and a Bachelor of Arts with a concentration in Interdisciplinary Studies from Wheaton College (1996). Ms. Perrotta has over 10 years of professional experience in affordable housing development, homelessness advocacy, and city- and state-level policy analysis in the fields of congestion pricing, transportation finance, housing, and property taxes. She is a founding board member of Housing Plus Solutions, a nonprofit organization providing residential alternatives to incarceration for women in New York City.
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Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 916
Phone: 646 660-6725
Fax: 646 660-6701
Dahlia K. Remler has published widely in many areas of health economics, including medical care price indexes, managed care, simulation methods for health insurance take-up, cost-sharing, health insurance and health care markets, and cigarette tax regressivity. Her work has appeared in the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the American Journal of Public Health, the National Tax Journal, Inquiry, and other journals. She is a member of the faculty at CUNY Graduate Center and is a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. Before joining the faculty at Baruch, she was an assistant professor in the department of Health Policy and Management in the Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health.
She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Harvard University and has been a Marshall Scholar at Oxford University, a dissertation fellow at the Brookings Institution, a post-doctoral research fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health and Harvard Medical School and an assistant professor at Tulane University’s School of Public Health.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 810B
Phone: 646 660-6733
Fax: 646 660-6770
Ideen Riahi’s research interests include economic development and political economy. Riahi received his PhD in Economics from Simon Fraser University, MSc in Economics from Sharif University of Technology, and BS in Economics from Shahid Beheshti University in Tehran, Iran.
Faculty Director of the Master of International Affairs and Clinical Prof, PhD, U of CA, Berkeley
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 910
Phone: 646 660-6705
Fax: 646 660-6701
A specialist in national security and diplomacy, Carla Robbins is a nationally known journalist and foreign policy commentator. She served for six years as Deputy Editorial Page Editor and Assistant Editorial Page Editor at The New York Times. Before that, she spent 13 years in Washington covering diplomacy and national security for The Wall Street Journal. Robbins has reported from Europe, Russia, the Middle East and Central and South America.
Robbins is also an Adjunct Senior Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. She writes and comments frequently on national security and defense issues with a particular focus on American politics and foreign policy, Washington’s budget battles, defense spending, US military rivalries and interventions, and the nuclear ambitions of Iran and North Korea.
She was awarded Georgetown University’s 2003 Edward Weintal Prize for diplomatic coverage. At the Journal she also shared in two Pulitzer prizes: the 2000 Prize for National Reporting on the Post-Cold War defense budget and the 1999 Prize for International Reporting on the Russian financial crisis. She is also a co-winner of the 2004 Elizabeth Neuffer Prize from the U.N. Correspondents Association, the 2004 Peter R. Weitz Prize from the German Marshall Fund and the 1984 Morton Frank Award from the Overseas Press Club.
Robbins is a graduate of Wellesley College and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Berkeley. She was a Nieman Fellow at Harvard and a media fellow at Stanford’s Hoover Institution and is a member of the Aspen Strategy Group and the Council on Foreign Relations.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 1007
Phone: 646 660-6706
Fax: 646 660-6701
Prior to joining Baruch, Michael Seltzer served as president of Philanthropy New York and as a program officer at the Ford Foundation where he was responsible for its work in strengthening the nonprofit sector and promoting organized philanthropy worldwide. He also founded and led a sustainability in business initiative at The Conference Board. Seltzer chaired the master’s degree program in Nonprofit Management at the Milano School of the New School University. At Baruch, Professor Seltzer redesigned the core master’s degree course in fund raising and resource mobilization for nonprofit organizations, and teaches Advanced Public and Nonprofit Management in the Executive MPA program, as well as a variety of different topics in the executive certificate programs.
He holds a B.A. from Syracuse University in International Relations and African Studies.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 1010
Phone: 646 660-6717
Fax: 646 660-6701
Robert Courtney Smith is Professor in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, Baruch College, and Sociology Department, Graduate Center, CUNY. He authored Mexican New York: Transnational Worlds of New Immigrants (California, 2006), which won ASA’s 2008 Distinguished Book Award and three section awards (International Migration; Latino/a Sociology; and Urban and Community Sociology), and a CUNY Presidential Award. He has received grants from NSF, SSRC, Spencer and other foundations; and has been both a Russell Sage Foundation Fellow and a Guggenheim Foundation Fellow. His most recent publication is “Black Mexicans, Conjunctural Ethnicity and Operating Identities,” American Sociological Review, 2014.
Smith’s public sociology seeks to identify strategic sites of intervention, and use social science research to affect those sites. He chairs MASA (masany.org), a nonprofit promoting educational achievement and civic engagement in the Mexican community in New York. He founded and has been the Lead Faculty for the Baruch College-Mexican Consulate Leadership Program; and is a Board Member of the CUNY Mexican Studies Institute. He served as an expert witness for the Department of Justice in the case of US v. Port Chester, about which he is now writing a book. He also routinely advises community organizations and public and private institutions working with immigrants. He also does expert testimony in deportation and wrongful death cases.
Smith is writing two books. Horatio Alger Lives in Brooklyn, But Check His Papers (California, forthcoming) ethnographically follows the paths of 100 children of Mexican immigrants through adolescence into early adulthood, seeking to explain their differing life outcomes. This long term research demonstrates the disruptive effect of long term legal status on the well-being of these youth compared to their US citizen counterparts. This is Still America! Voting Rights and Immigration. (with Andy Beverage) analyzes the political integration of immigrants into Port Chester New York, including the 2007 Voting Rights Act lawsuit against the town, and the subsequent changes in politics after the voting system was changed.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 417
Phone: 646 660-6844
Fax: 646 660-6831
Ryan A. Smith’s primary areas of research are workplace stratification and racial attitudes in America. His research has been featured in numerous peer-reviewed professional journals including: Social Science Review, American Sociological Review, Work and Occupations, Social Problems, Sociological Quarterly, Social Forces, Annual Review of Sociology, American Behavioral Scientist, the Du Bois Review, and Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science. Dr. Smith’s work on racial attitudes in America has appeared in several book chapters and his research findings have been cited in newspaper and magazine articles. He has served on the editorial board of Social Problems and has been a reviewer for Administrative Science Quarterly, American Sociological Review, Work and Occupations, Human Resource Management Journal, Law and Society Review, Rutgers University Press, and the National Science Foundation.
Professor Smith is a frequent guest lecturer, workshop facilitator, moderator, panelists and consultant on a variety of issues pertaining to organizational change, managing workplace diversity, the role of race in America, and social policies designed to increase equality of opportunity in the workplace. His research interests include: urban Labor markets and workplace inequality, managerial responses to diversity, ethnoracial and gender stratification at work, the determinants of and rewards for job authority, effects of diversity on work outcomes, the functional use of the religion in times of stress, and the unequal administration of the death penalty.
He also served as the Lillie and Nathan Ackerman Chair of Social Justice at the Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch (2012 – 2015), and he continues to serve as consultant to numerous nonprofit, for-profit and government agencies.
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Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 423
Phone: 646 660-6850
Fax: 646 660-6831
Professor Sullivan teaches courses on the impact of politics, law and governmental institutions on public administration. His research interests have focused on the business of major league baseball and its relationship to government, as well as the politics involved with the public financing of stadiums.
He received a Ph.D. in Political Science from Brandeis University.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 422
Phone: 646 660 6736
Dr. Rubia R. Valente is on the faculty in the Austin W. Marxe School of Public and International Affairs at Baruch College, City University of New York. She earned her B.A. in International Relations with a minor in French from Southern Methodist University, and her Master’s degree in International Political Economy and Ph.D. in Public Policy and Political Economy from The University of Texas at Dallas.
On its broadest level, her work applies advanced quantitative methods and socioeconomic theory to investigate the impact of policies on underrepresented and marginalized groups, providing empirical support for formulating policies addressing socioeconomic inequalities due to race, class, and gender in social, political, religious, and educational institutions. Her research also evaluates the impact of public policies on the quality of life (a.k.a. happiness) of minority groups. Her regional focus is Latin America and Brazil.
Before joining Baruch, she was a research associate (post-doctoral fellow) at the School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas and a visiting lecturer in the Department of Sociology (Program in Latino Studies) at Princeton University.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 403
Phone: 646 660-6825
Fax: 646 660-6831
Don Waisanen is an associate professor in the Baruch College, CUNY Marxe School of Public and International Affairs, where he teaches courses and workshops in public communication—including executive speaking, communication strategy, media analysis, and seminars on leadership, improvisation, and humor. Allhis research projects seek to understand how communication works to promote or hinder the force of citizens’ voices. Previously, Don was a Coro Fellow and worked in broadcast journalism, as a speechwriter, and on political campaigns. He is the founder of Communication Upward (commupward.com), and received a Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Southern California’s Annenberg School.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 710
Phone: 646 312-3310
Fax: 646 312-3311
Mitchel B. Wallerstein, PhD, was appointed president of Baruch College in August 2010. He joined the institution with extensive experience in higher education, public policy, international affairs, and global philanthropy. Since arriving at Baruch, Dr. Wallerstein has worked to ensure the College’s financial health and future, prioritized the recruitment of top faculty, and improved the academic quality and caliber of students who enroll at Baruch. In 2018, he launched his second ambitious five-year Strategic Plan: 2018-23 that calls for curricular innovations, an expanded portfolio of international programs, improved coordination and collaboration across the College, and a strengthened financial foundation and infrastructure.
A native New Yorker, President Wallerstein holds PhD and MS degrees from MIT, an MPA from Syracuse University, and an AB from Dartmouth College.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 420
Phone: 646 660-6836
Fax: 646 660-6831
Dan Williams has taught at Baruch College since 1995 after nearly 20 years with the Virginia Medicaid program at the state and local levels. From the mid-1980s through early 1995 he was the budget director for the Department of Medical Assistance Services.
At Baruch, Professor Williams teaches budgeting, performance measurement, and ethics. In recent years he has primarily taught budgeting. He has innovated methods for teaching online using videos and spreadsheets to help students succeed in the partly self-directed online environment.
Professor Williams’ research focuses primarily on budgeting, performance measurement, and the history of public administration.
In 2009, Professor Williams negotiated the donation of the historical archives from Institute of Public Affairs (formerly, the National Institute of Public Affairs, the Bureau of Municipal Research, and the Bureau of City Betterment).
In 2006, he and co-author Don Miller were awarded the Outstanding Paper Award from the International Institute of Forecasters for the 2003 paper, “Shrinkage estimators of time series seasonal factors and their effects on forecasting accuracy” in the International Journal of Forecasting 19(4), 669-684. In 2011, he received the Abraham Briloff Prize in Ethics for “Is it Mutiny?” In 2014, he and co-author Joseph Onochie received the Jesse Burkhead Award from the Board of Directors of Public Finance Publications, Inc., for “The Rube Goldberg machine of Budget Implementation, or Is There a Structural Deficit in the New York City Budget?” Public Budgeting & Finance, 33(4), 1-22.
Office Location: 135 East 22nd Street, Room 614
Phone: 646 660-6824
Fax: 646 660-6831
E-mail : Na.Yin@baruch.cuny.edu
Dr. Yin’s research focuses on social security aging and disability policies in the United States and Europe. Her research includes understanding effects of existing programs on individuals’ behavior and well-being, and utilizing dynamic structural models to simulate behavioral effects and fiscal effects of possible policy reforms. She also studies measurement of work limitation in a cross-country setting. In one of her current projects, she and her colleague apply an anchoring vignette approach to correct for reporting scale heterogeneity in self-reported disability measures within a country and between countries. Her research has been supported by grants from the Social Security Administration through Boston College Center for Retirement Research and Michigan Retirement Research Center. Dr. Yin serves as a Faculty Associate of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research (CIDR). She teaches courses in the economic analysis of public policy, economic demography, demography of aging, and research methods.
She holds a Ph.D. in Economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook.