World Class Faculty
Current Baruch College professors as well as leaders in the fields of business, law and medicine teach courses at the Baruch Summer Leadership Academy. The scholarship and real world experiences of our faculty foster a rich academic atmosphere for our student body.
Dr. Hilda Hutcherson
Ph.D., Harvard Medical School
Associate Dean, Clinical Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons
Dr. Hutcherson has held several positions at Columbia University Medical Center and currently serves as a clinical professor of obstetrics and gynecology and associate dean for diversity and minority affairs. She is credited with increasing Columbia's minority enrollment to more than 20 percent from just 8 percent in three years, and she remains a mentor to many of the students she encouraged to apply to the medical school. She learned to overcome obstacles through hard lessons, she says, and wanted to offer students an environment where their success was encouraged and supported. She devotes time to empowerment and education even beyond Columbia, often lecturing high-school students about sexual health and the importance of advancing their education.
Dr. Barry Dumas
Ph.D., Columbia University
Professor, Baruch College
Dr. Dumas' areas of business expertise lie in networking, telecommunications, simulation, modeling and health care administration services. In addition to teaching courses at Baruch College, he is the organizer and coordinator of the Baruch Annual Entrepreneurship Competition since its inception in 2000.
Dr. Emil Gernert
Ph.D., New York University (Physiology)
Professor, Baruch College
Dr. Gernert is the author of many articles on the physiology of mold Aspergillus. He is one of the highest rated teachers at Baruch College and advisor to the Biomedical Society a student club. Dr. Gernert has advised students in honors and independent study. He chairs the Medical School Recommendation Committee. He launched the student advisement program of the department, and has been instrumental in developing the upper level courses in the program.
J.D., Columbia Law School
Lecturer-in-Law, Columbia Law School
Janice Tudy-Jackson is a facilitator, mediator, trainer, and educator, with extensive experience in conflict management and collaborative processes. Her private Collaboration & Conflict Management Consulting practice focuses on intra- and inter-organizational, as well as community-wide, national and international intervention, training and coaching; collaborative planning and problem-solving; team building and complex, multi-party conflict resolution.
Dr. Richard Holowczak
Ph.D., Rutgers University
Associate Professor, Baruch College
Dr. Holowczak is currently an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems at the Zicklin School of Business in Baruch College where he teaches a broad range of courses from database management systems to eCommerce, network IS security and Financial Information Technologies. He is also the Director of the Bert W. and Sandra Wasserman Trading Floor - Subotnick Financial Services Center (SFSC) where he maintains a data warehouse (100 TB and growing) of equity options data (from the OPRA data feed).
Dr. Valerie Schawaroch
Ph.D., CUNY Graduate School
Professor, Baruch College
Dr. Schawaroch focuses her studies on the evolutionary history of fruit flies in the family Drosophilidae. She subsequently served as a co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation funded research project conducted at the American Museum of Natural History. Her research employs both molecular and morphological techniques to identify species and determine relationships among varying fruit fly species.
M.P.H., Harvard University
Associate Professor, Baruch College
Dr. Root's theoretical and applied research in the field of medical anthropology examines the interface between cultural anthropology, political economy, and public health. As a Fulbright Scholar in Malaysia, Dr. Root conducted ethnographic research in 18 factories, which the government had labeled high risk for HIV/AIDS, to examine the globalization of biomedical risk discourses in non-western contexts. Prior to joining the Baruch College faculty, Dr. Root was a Visiting Scholar at New York University in the office of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. With the associate dean, she launched an initiative to strengthen multidisciplinary HIV/AIDS research collaborations between universities in New York City and South Africa.
Assistant Director of Health and Wellness, Baruch College
Megan Aronson is the Assistant Director of Health and Wellness at Baruch College. As a Certified Health Education Specialist (CHES), she is trained in assessing student needs, planning, implementing, and evaluating health programs. Before coming to Baruch College, Megan received her M.A. in Health Education from Columbia University’s Teachers College. She focused her Master's studies on behavior change theories, wellness program planning, stress management, heart health, and higher education health education. Megan has worked at NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital at Columbia University's Medical Center, Suffolk County Health Department, French Ministry of Education, French Institute Alliance Française (FIAF), Planned Parenthood, and Amnesty International. Megan has also lived and worked in France.
Associate Director of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research
Professor, Baruch School of Public Affairs
Professor of Sociology and Economics, CUNY Graduate Center
Deborah Balk is Associate Director of the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research, and Professor at the Baruch School of Public Affairs and the CUNY Graduate Center (in the Sociology 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, population, poverty, and environmental interactions (such as climate change). Prior to coming to Baruch, Balk 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 Degree in Public Policy, and AB in International Relations, from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. She is currently a member of the International Union for the Scientific Study of Population working group on Urbanization and recently completed service to two National Research Council panels.
BA, Vassar College
MFA in Writing, Columbia University
Director of the Writing Center, Baruch College
Director of the Writing Center, holds a BA from Vassar College and an MFA in Writing from Columbia University. She has taught in Columbia's Undergraduate Writing Program, and worked at both Columbia's Writing Center and The Cooper Union's Center for Writing and Language Arts. Before graduate studies, Keri taught high school English through Teach For America in Baltimore; she has also done freelance curriculum writing for Teach For America and KIPP Schools. Her interests include the use of narrative in scholarship, bridging secondary and post-secondary education, and urban education. She co-teaches the Honors Thesis Writing Workshop and is the co-coordinator of the Writing Across the Curriculum program at Baruch.
Dean, Baruch College School of Public Affairs
David Birdsell is the, Dean of the Baruch College School of Public Affairs, has centered his academic work on the nexus of communication, media, and information technology in politics, government and nonprofit administration. He studies public access to information technology and advises nonprofit and governmental institutions on their communication and technology programs. His recent work on developing public sector leaders has led to the creation of more than 20 leadership programs offered in partnership with government and nonprofit organizations in New York. 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 local, national, and international 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 serves on the New York City Broadband Advisory Committee and the Media Advisory Committee of the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights as well as on the boards of the Volunteer Consulting Group and the New York Census Research Data Center. He chairs the National Association of Schools of Public Affairs and Administration's Committee on Executive Education. He received his BA and MA degrees from the University of Virginia and his Ph.D. in Public Communication from the University of Maryland.
Ms. Blum is a past President of the New York Chapter of the American Association for Public Opinion Research and is a recognized expert in questionnaire construction, public opinion, and election polling. Ms. Blum teaches the NYAAPOR "Meet the Masters " questionnaire construction workshop, and recently published an invited “Ask the Experts” analysis of the “Convergence Mystery” in AAPOR’s online publication, Survey Practice. She has also served on the national AAPOR Council and was recently elected to the Market Research Council. Ms. Blum has been the NY1 News pollster since 1997, appears frequently as a polling and election analyst on local and national television, and has organized, moderated and presented at many public forums and academic and professional conferences. As President of Blum & Weprin, an independent public opinion firm, Ms. Blum’s many clients included The Daily News, The Dallas Morning News, The New York Times Magazine, The Star-Ledger, the NY State Dept. of Health, Public Agenda, and the National and New York Urban Leagues. Before founding her own firm, Ms. Blum was Manager of Polling & Election Operations at NBC News from 1979-1990.
Ms. Blum teaches Research and Analysis, and the Designing and Using Survey Research in the School of Public Affairs. Ms. Blum's M.A. in Psychology and certification toward a Ph.D. in Psychological Measurement, Evaluation and Statistics are from Teachers College, Columbia University.
Dr. Ben Corpus has served as vice president for student affairs and enrollment management and dean of students at Baruch College (N.Y.) since 2005. Prior to arriving at Baruch, Dr. Corpus served as vice president for student development and enrollment at Hostos Community College in the South Bronx beginning in 2001. He also served as senior executive to the president and later acting chief student affairs officer at Plattsburgh State University (N.Y.) prior to Hostos, and has also worked in academic affairs at NYU and the University at Albany. Dr. Corpus has expertise in a number of issues and has presented regionally and nationally on enrollment management, Latino student success, opportunity and access, organizational dynamics and urban communities.
Dr. Corpus, a tenured associate professor at Baruch and chair of the departmental faculty appointment and promotions committee, was awarded the 2009 Faculty Service Award by the Baruch College Alumni Association. He was a Kellogg Leadership Fellow in 2004 with the Hispanic Association for Colleges and Universities and an AASCU MLI Leadership Fellow in 2009. Dr. Corpus has served as the chair of the board of directors for the Baruch College Association since 2005, chair of the Early Learning Center Board, serves as a member of the Auxiliary Services Corporation of Baruch College and is a founding trustee board member for a charter school in the South Bronx.
He received his bachelor's degree in Philosophy and Psychology and minored in English Literature at Oswego State University, an M.S. from the University at Albany in education and his Ph.D. from New York University in Higher Education Policy. He has also completed the Certificate Program on Negotiation for Senior Executives at Harvard Law, and the IEM at Harvard University.
Haptic Lab was founded in 2009 by Emily Fischer, a Brooklyn-based architect and designer. Since moving to New York City a few years ago, she's worked at L.E.FT, MADE, JPDA, and a host of other four-letter words and architectural acronyms. Her current efforts have been invested in developing a professional career as an architect while maintaining connections to academic research and artistic practice.
Emily received her Masters Degree in Architecture from the University of Michigan in 2005 where she was awarded the Marian Sarah Parker Award for outstanding achievement by a female student. Her thesis project titled the Haptic Theater of Cruelty was a recipient of an inaugural GROCS Grant through the University of Michigan's Digital Media Commons. The HToC was featured in the exhibition "4/77" at the Taubman College Gallery; the project was also featured in "Volume 10: On Decoration" of the architecture journal 306090.
Soft-Maps started in 2002 as an academic experiment in tactile wayfinding; the quilts were inspired by Emily’s mother Peggy who had begun losing her eyesight from complications of glaucoma.
Tommy has performed theatre and comedy since 1993 and has owned a private practice law firm since 2002. In 2009, he developed Improv(ed) Legal Skills, a 3-credit New York Continuing Legal Education Experience.
Tommy is an award winning comedian, writer and producer. He currently writes and performs with the Fordham Underground Comedy Troupe, and has produced critically acclaimed comedy for over five years. His work has appeared in venues such as Caroline's on Broadway, Joe's Pub at The Public Theatre, and The Cherry Lane Theatre. Tommy has toured the comedy festival circuit including performances in Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Los Angeles, Austin and the New York Comedy Festival Sponsored by Comedy Central.
In 2008, he won "Best Troupe" in the New York Skit Skat Comedy Festival, and in 2009 he was nominated for a New York Innovative Theatre Award for the production of Cirque Du Quoi?!? He was recently named "most fearless troupe" at the Toronto Sketch Festival.
After years of performing, litigating, negotiating and rainmaking, Tommy realized the distinct similarities between the skills of an improviser and the skills of an attorney. As a result, he organizes and teaches workshops to share this edge with other lawyers.
- Director of Corporate Programming at The Peoples Improv Theater
- Continuing Legal Education Improv/Improvisation Co-Instructor at The Peoples Improv Theater
- Improv Developer of Corporate Training Programs and Continuing Legal Education in Improvisation at Improvilosophy (Galan Arts Corporation)
- Writer and Performer (Improv, Improvisation, Sketch, Rock and Roll Comedy at Fordham Underground Comedy Troupe
- Senior Partner at Galan Blanaru, L.P. (Formerly The Galan Law Firm, P.C.)
Eric M. Gander is Associate Professor of Public Argument in the Department of Communication Studies at Baruch College, CUNY. He earned a B.A. in Economics and an M.A. in Rhetoric and Communication Studies from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Communication Studies from Northwestern University.
His research focuses on improving public argument by critiquing public discussion and debate on a wide range of issues in domains like science, political philosophy, law, and ethics. He is the author of several books, including On Our Minds: How Evolutionary Psychology is Reshaping the Nature versus Nurture Debate, published in 2003 by Johns Hopkins University Press. The Harvard evolutionary psychologist Steven Pinker has described On Our Minds as “lucid and thought-provoking...clear and lively enough to interest a general audience, while containing novel analyses that should be considered by the specialists.” Professor Gander is also the author of The Last Conceptual Revolution: A Critique of Richard Rorty's Political Philosophy, published in 1999 by SUNY Press, as well as numerous articles, book reviews, and convention papers. His work has appeared in both the academic and popular press, including The Journal of Communication Studies, The University of Illinois Law Review, and The New York Times. He has also appeared on various television talk shows as an expert commentator on political and social issues.
Dr. John Goering
John Goering received his Ph.D. from Brown University in sociology and demography. His research focuses upon housing and neighborhood development, as well as race and ethnic issues. He is the author of several dozen articles as well as editor and author of The Best Eight Blocks in Harlem (University Press, 1977;Housing Desegregation and Federal Policy (University of North Carolina Press, 1986); Mortgage Lending, Racial Discrimination and Federal Policy (Urban Institute Press, 1996); and another book, Choosing a Better Life? Evaluating the Moving to Opportunity Experiment, was published by The Urban Institute Press in Spring 2003. He has served on the editorial boards of the Urban Affairs Review, New Community, Housing Studies, and the Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies. His article summarizing research on the MTO experiment has been recently published in Journal of Housing Research. The Federal Reserve Bank of New York has scheduled a policy-focused assessment of MTO for publication in their Economic Policy Review. At the Ralph Bunche Institute at The Graduate Center, he is co-directing a Mellon Foundation grant focused on the interface between international and domestic human rights policies. Before joining the faculty, Professor Goering directed evaluation and research on housing, neighborhood change, and civil rights issues at HUD, and then served on the staff of the Clinton White House Initiative on Race. For the American Sociological Association, he served on their Committee on Sociologists in Government (1992-1995); the Committee on Archives (1993-1998); and the Program Committee for the Year 2000 and the year 20001 ASA Annual Meetings (for ASA President’s Joe Feagin and Douglas Massey). He serves as a consultant on research and litigation for HUD.
Edward Goldberg is President of Annisa Group, which specializes in trade and debt financing for Russian and Eastern European companies. He represented the US State Department at the Conference on International Relations and Problems of Globalization in St. Petersburg, Russia where he delivered the opening address. He was a member of Senator Kerry’s Russia and CIS policy team for the 2004 Election. He has written on such subjects as US-European and US-Russian relations, Globalization, the U.S. Dollar policy, and investment policy. He has lectured at the European Union Studies Center, The Graduate Center, The City University of New York on US-Russian relationships and on International business and Trade at the Lubin Graduate School of Business, Pace University. Dr. Goldberg has also testified before the United States Senate on International Trade matters.
Josh Green, 33, is the CEO of Panjiva. In 2005, Josh experienced first-hand the difficulty of finding objective information on overseas suppliers and, realizing this was a common pain point, worked with MIT computer scientist James Psota to launch Panjiva. Today, Panjiva maintains a database of 750,000 overseas suppliers, with detailed information on these companies' operational and financial histories, as well as their efforts to be socially responsible. Known as the "Google for Global Sourcing," Panjiva currently serves 1,500 clients, including 30 Fortune 500 companies. Josh authors the Panjiva blog, where he analyzes global economic trends and discusses challenges facing the international trade community. He has also been widely cited in publications such as The Wall Street Journal, The Financial Times, and The New York Times. Josh is a veteran of The Boston Consulting Group and has master’s degrees from Harvard's JFK School of Government and Harvard Business School, where he graduated as a Baker Scholar.
Dr. Grein received his Ph.D. from New York University and his Masters of International Business Studies from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Grein’s research focuses broadly on international marketing issues and marketing strategy. This comprises a few general directions, namely:
- ethics and codes of conduct
- international marketing communications
- integration - responsiveness issues
- market interconnectedness
- country level issues like convergence/divergence, competitiveness, and clustering
- industries: automobiles, advertising
In her previous book, Wondrous Difference: Cinema, Anthropology, and Turn-of-the-Century Visual Culture, Associate Professor of Communication Studies Alison Griffiths focused on the origins of ethnographic film, tracking how the emerging discipline of anthropology and the new technology of motion pictures joined forces in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. In Shivers Down Your Spine, she writes about the “immersive view,” the experience of viewing a painting, photograph, film, or museum exhibition that results in a heightened sense of another time or place. The classic example is the cinematic “phantom ride” shot, which gives viewers the feeling of soaring through the air or plunging down a rollercoaster drop. Her book is divided into two sections. In the first part, Griffiths explores four case studies of immersive viewing—the medieval cathedral, panorama, planetarium, and IMAX theatre— to examine how space, illusion, and presence result in a remarkably similar viewing experience in these instances. Part II is about museums of nature and science, which have always excelled in delivering the immersive experience. Through her detailed case studies, Griffiths explores the history and variety of the spine-tingling immersive experience and why we are repeatedly drawn to it.
Kenneth J. Guest is the author of God in Chinatown: Religion and Survival in New York’s Evolving Immigrant Community (NYU Press, 2003) which addresses the role of religious communities in the recent migration of Fuzhounese from southeast China to New York City, the creation of transnational religious networks, and the effects of this migration on the religious revival sweeping coastal China.
His research focuses on China, New York City, immigration, religion, and transnationalism. He has conducted fieldwork in China and the US. Professor Guest is a graduate of Columbia University (B.A., East Asian Studies); Union Theological Seminary (M.A., Religious Studies); and The City University of New York Graduate Center (M.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Anthropology).
Richard D. Holowczak
Richard D. Holowczak is presently an Associate Professor of Computer Information Systems and is Director of the Bert W. and Sandra Wasserman Trading Floor / Subotnick Financial Services Center in the Zicklin School of Business, Baruch College, City University of New York. He holds a B.S. in Computer Science from the College of New Jersey, an M.S. in Computer Science from the New Jersey Institute of Technology, and M.B.A. and Ph.D. degrees from Rutgers University. His research focuses on financial information technologies, digital libraries, electronic commerce and networked information systems. Prof. Holowczak is also Director of the Baruch Options Data Warehouse, a 150+ terabyte repository of equity options and related financial market data.
Mr. Harrison has a bachelor's degree in Business Administration with an emphasis on Finance and Real Estate Investment from the Marshall School of Business at the University of Southern California, and an MBA in Entrepreneurship from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. Before moving to New York to attend graduate school, he was an Asset Manager for O Hill Capital, a boutique real estate development and investment firm where he managed over 60 million dollars in real estate assets.
Leigh Henderson is the founder and owner of Leadership Training Room, LLC, an organizational consulting, talent training, and leadership coaching firm. Her focus is on creating real world leadership strategies for unreal times. Ms. Henderson is valued by her clients as a wise adviser and trusted partner. Her clarity and on-point advice addressing complex organizational and individual change efforts are exceptional.
An accomplished speaker and writer, Leigh develops and delivers presentations for student groups such as the American Language Program at Columbia University and professional audiences including the United Nations 50th Commission on the Status of Women/International Federation of Business & Professional Women. Her essays, articles, and interviews have appeared in global, national, and local publications including Shattered Magazine for women who break the glass ceiling, The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, New York Law Journal, etc. She posts regularly on her blog, www.WorkingtoBeaLeader.com.
Ms. Henderson became an Adjunct Lecturer of Management in the Zicklin School of Business in the fall of 2008 and went on to earn Baruch’s Presidential Excellence Award for Distinguished Teaching as an Adjunct in 2011. A certified Pilates Mat instructor, the Manhattan resident travels frequently to the West Coast to see her eleven nieces and nephews plus their children, who, as she says, “continuously teach me how to be a good aunt.”
Matt Lombardi is a writing consultant and adjunct lecturer at Columbia University and Baruch College. His fiction and nonfiction have appeared in Details, The Bellevue Literary Review, The Millions, Forklift Ohio, and Court Green. A short film he co-wrote ("Remains") was in competition at the 2012 SXSW film festival. He received an MFA in Creative Writing from the New School in 2008, and a BFA in English from Emerson College in 2003. He is currently finishing his first novel.
Ashok Kamal is a lifelong social entrepreneur and Co-Founder/CEO of Bennu, which is a socially responsible marketing company that completes the recycling loop. Ashok’s career spans the for-profit and nonprofit sectors, including launching a progressive entertainment company, leading a youth development organization in New York City, and working at KLD Research & Analytics for Newsweek magazine’s inaugural Green Rankings.
Ashok holds a BA in Sociology and Environmental Analysis & Policy from Boston University, a master’s in Nonprofit Management from Milano The New School, and he earned his MBA in Entrepreneurship from Baruch College’s Honors program. He has also studied abroad at the Indian Institute of Management, India’s premier business school.
Ashok’s writings on sustainability and clean technology are regularly published on the leading green blogs and websites. Ashok is also a board member of the Entertainers 4 Education Alliance and he volunteers for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). He supports Ocean Aid because the ocean sustains all life on Earth and it deserves our utmost appreciation and respect.
In 2010, Ashok received the Briloff Prize in Ethics and was awarded Third Prize in Cornell University’s Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise Base of the Pyramid Narrative Competition. His writings on sustainability and clean technology are regularly published on the leading green blogs and websites such as CleanTechies and FastCompany. Ashok is also a board member of the Entertainers 4 Education Alliance and he volunteers for the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE). In 2011, he joined a distinguished team of eco-advocates to launch Ocean Aid, a campaign dedicated to protecting the health of our oceans.
Dr. Ramzi Khuri
Ramzi Khuri received his PhD in Physics at Princeton University in 1991. He spent the past seven years as a researcher in theoretical physics. During (1991-93), he was a postdoctoral fellow at Texas A&M University. Another two years (1993-94 and 1995-96) were spent at CERN in Geneva, the leading high synergy physics research institute in the world, on a John Stuart Bell Scholarship in Quantum Physics. An additional two years (1994-95 and 1996-97) were spent as a research associate at McGill University. Most recently, he held a Particle Physics and Astronomy Research Council (PPARC) Advanced Fellowship at Queen Mary and Westfield College, University of London.
In the field of string theory, he has established an international reputation, having co-authored a review, which has now become a standard reference, and having published over 50 papers, receiving over 1,000 citations. In addition, he co-organized the conference From Superstrings to Supegravity at the Etorre Majorana Centre at Erice, Italy, in December 1992.
A.J. Lawrence has been a digital marketer since 1992. A.J. founded The JAR Group with the mission of creating an interactive agency that provides a deeper level of thought, strategy and service in order to make clients money without “big agency everything else.”
When not working, he can be found chasing his children, scoping out farmer markets, arguing over the latest issue of the Economist with his brother, and playing Old Boy rugby.
He also is on the steering committee of NYU FACES (Finding a Cure for Epilepsy and Seizures), a leading not for profit focused on improving the quality of life for those with Epilepsy.
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Stanislav Mamonov is a serial entrepreneur having founded his first online business in 1998. After spending more than a decade in the B2C space (RussianDVD.com, Kniga.com, Discall.com, RussianTable.com, Rumvi.com), Stanislav’s last two ventures have been B2B.
MintFinder is a product recommendation service that performs real time click stream analytics and delivers personalized product recommendations to online shoppers. MintFinder counts Dover Saddlery (a NASDAQ traded company) and Novica (a National Geographic property) among its clients.
MintRight is an eBook distributor that works with publishers in US, UK, Germany, Spain, Russia, and Brazil and provides a full range of services that include eBook conversion, distribution and marketing. MintRight handles distribution of over 25,000 titles across a global network of e-book sellers that include Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Apple, Sony, and Google as well as 80+ stores in 20 countries.
Stanislav holds MS in Molecular Biology from Rockefeller University and MBA from the Zicklin School of Business and he is currently a doctorate candidate at the Graduate Center, CUNY.
Ben Messner is the Associate Director of Student Life at Baruch College. Ben’s entire career has focused on working with college students in a variety of capacities. Ben has trained and mobilized over 5000 students into international service program that focus on HIV/AIDS and vulnerable children. Ben manages the student activities program, adventure programs, and service-learning programs at Baruch. He enjoys the outdoors, and is an avid runner.
Dr. Kevin Leo Yabut Nadal
Dr. Nadal is a psychologist, performer, activist, author, and an associate professor of psychology at John Jay College of Criminal Justice- City University of New York. He is one of the leading researchers in understanding the impacts of microaggressions, or subtle forms of discrimination, on the mental and physical health of people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, and other marginalized groups. An author of 5 books, he has published over 50 scholarly articles on multicultural issues in the fields of psychology and education. A California-bred New Yorker, Kevin is also a part-time comedian and spoken word artist who has performed across the United States since 2000. He was named one of People Magazine's hottest bachelors in 2006, he once won an argument with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News Channel’s “The O’Reilly Factor,” he has been featured on The Filipino Channel, PBS, the History Channel, HGTV, Philippine News, and Filipinas Magazine, and he was even once a "Hot Topic" on ABC's "The View."
Katherine Pence began teaching in the History Department at Baruch College in the fall of 2002. Originally from Oakland, California, she got a B.A. in history from Pomona College in Claremont, California. She then received her Ph.D. in 1999 from the University of Michigan where she studied German gender history with advisors Geoff Eely and Kathleen Canning. Her courses reflect her areas of specialty in German and European history, history of the Cold War, gender history, the history of consumption, and other themes in cultural history.
Before arriving at Baruch College, Pence taught for three years at Adrian College, a small liberal arts school in Michigan. She spent one year as a James Bryant Conant post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University’s Center for European Studies. Her research has been funded by grants from the Social Science Research Council, the Friedrich Ebert Research Foundation, PSC-CUNY grants, a Eugene Lang Fellowship, and a Whiting Fellowship awarded for outstanding teaching. he lives in Brooklyn.
Dr. Pinto earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology and biology from Harvard University in 1997 and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology with a subspecialty in behavioral medicine from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County in 2004. She completed her clinical psychology internship at Montefiore Medical Center/Albert Einstein College of Medicine also in 2004. Following graduation, she completed a postdoctoral clinical research fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (DPHB) at Brown Medical School where she studied behavioral obesity treatment. She held a faculty position as Assistant Professor (Research) in the DPHB at Brown from 2006-2007 before joining the faculty at Baruch.
Robin Root is a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania (BA and MA, Chinese Studies); Harvard University (MPH, Population and International Health); and the University of California at Los Angeles (PhD, Anthropology). As a medical anthropologist, Dr. Root examines the interface among socio-cultural anthropology, political economy, and global public health in order to advance the social scientific understanding of risk and to inform health and development programs. Using ethnographic and formal qualitative research methods, her work investigates how individuals and communities negotiate diverse risks to wellbeing; establish social networks; navigate illness-related stigmas; and seek treatment amidst larger scale structural vulnerabilities. In October 2007, she received the Steven Polgar Prize, which is awarded to a professional medical anthropologist for the best paper published in Medical Anthropology Quarterly, the journal of record for the Society for Medical Anthropology.
Prior to joining the Baruch College faculty, Dr. Root was a Visiting Scholar at New York University in the office of the Dean of the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, where she launched an initiative to strengthen multidisciplinary HIV/AIDS research collaborations between universities and community organizations in New York City and South Africa. As a research associate at Harvard Business School, Dr. Root drew on her field research in Malaysia to co-author case studies with HBS faculty on marketing in the Middle East. She subsequently joined a health care consulting firm with a research team of physicians and senior executives to co-author Best Practices publications on hospital and clinical care management in the US that are used nationwide.
Allison Lehr Samuels
Allison Lehr Samuels is a full-time Lecturer in the Management Department with a focus on Entrepreneurship and Small Business, and a Field Mentor at the Lawrence N. Field Center for Entrepreneurship at Baruch College. Her consulting work has included over 700 small business owners and entrepreneurs who have ranged from fashion designers, radio producers, and restaurateurs, to hedge fund consultants, violinmakers and graphic designers. She has extensive experience developing business and marketing plans, obtaining small business loans and building up the knowledge and confidence of her clients so that they feel empowered to take action. Most recently, Ms. Lehr Samuels has co-developed and implemented a course on Women and Entrepreneurship, which looks at the challenges specific to women owned businesses, and explores the necessary skills for women to successfully obtain resources and run successful businesses. She holds an MBA in Entrepreneurship Management from Baruch College and a BA from Barnard College, Columbia University in Theatre.
Dr. Schawaroch focuses her studies on the evolutionary history of fruit flies in the family Drosophilae. Prior to her arrival at Baruch, she was a co-principal investigator on a National Science Foundation funded research project conducted at the American Museum of Natural History. Her research employs both molecular and morphological techniques to identify species and determine relationships among varying fruit fly species. Dr. Schawaroch has guided numerous undergraduate students conducting independent research projects including a Salk Award recipient. In addition, Dr. Schawaroch serves as an instructor for Survey of the Living World, Principles of Genetics, and Biological Applications of Physics.
Mr. So has a bachelor's degree, with honors, in Political Science from the University of Chicago, and received his MBA in Entrepreneurship from the Zicklin School of Business at Baruch College. He spent over eight years with the Department of Defense as a DoD intelligence officer, contractor and a combat veteran for the U.S. Army. He grew in his father’s restaurants and understands multiple facets of the hospitality and service industry.
Andrea Sorkin holds a Bachelor’s degree in Speech Communication from Syracuse University and a Master of Arts in Media Studies from The New School for Social Research. During her tenure at The New School, Sorkin was diagnosed with a systemic autoimmune illness. This compelled her to produce her documentary film, Priority Seating, the first film to examine autoimmune disorders as a whole. In particular, the film exposes the disproportionate impact of autoimmune illness in the female community. Sorkin followed this up by enrolling in the MPA/Healthcare Policy at Baruch where she is now well on her way to gaining the credentials she needs to officially advocate for patients. During her second week of class in the program, Sorkin was encouraged to enter a concept into the Merrill Lynch citywide entrepreneurship competition. Nine months later, she led a team to win the first place in the social venture track of the competition and a $30,000 cash prize to start her business, Pi Gluten Free.
Michael E. Staub is Professor of English. His teaching and scholarly interests include modern and contemporary literature, American cultural and intellectual history, documentary and nonfiction writing, American ethnic and minority literature, and Jewish and Holocaust studies. He holds a doctorate in American Civilization from Brown University, and has taught at several universities and colleges (including Rhode Island College, Michigan State University, and Bowling Green State University) before arriving at Baruch in the fall of 2005. He is the author of Voices of Persuasion: Politics of Representation in 1930s America (Cambridge), Torn at the Roots: The Crisis of Jewish Liberalism in Postwar America (Columbia), The Jewish 1960s: An American Sourcebook (New England), and Love My Rifle More Than You: Young and Female in the U.S. Army (W.W. Norton), which recounted the first-person experiences of Sergeant Kayla Williams, who served as an Arabic linguist in Iraq during the Second Gulf War. It has been translated into Spanish, Dutch, and German.
During the 2008-2009 academic year, Staub was a member in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey to research his most recent book, Madness Is Civilization: When the Diagnosis was Social, 1948-1980 (University of Chicago Press, 2011). This study shows how the cultural obsession with madness and the antipsychiatry movement's critique of “normalcy” informed anti-war, black liberation, and sexual rights struggles while also reshaping the disciplines of sociology, psychology, anthropology, and the law. At present, Staub has begun research for his next book project in which he plans to examine the shifting politics of neuroscience from the 1970s to the present.
Howard Tepper is the Chief Executive Officer at Manhattan’s Physician Group, where he leads a seven-site multi-specialty practice. Prior to joining Manhattan’s Physician Group, Howard was Executive Director for NJPC and Administrator for Physician Services at Hackensack University Medical Center. He was responsible for 250 employed physicians, developing a shared savings model, and the purchase of community-based practices. He was also the Associate Dean for Finance and Administration at Touro University College of Medicine and the Vice Chair and Chief Financial Officer for the Department of Medicine at Mount Sinai Medical School.
Howard holds fellowships in the American College of Medical Practice Executives, the Healthcare Financial Management Association, and the American College of Healthcare Executives. He has lectured to physician practices across the country on coding and compliance issues and has presented programs at the national annual conference of the American Healthcare Informatics Association and the Medical Group Management Association.
Howard has authored two chapters in books on medical practice information systems and is a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Healthcare Financial Management publication. He holds a Bachelors Degree in Accounting and Information Systems from Queens College and a Masters Degree from Mount Sinai/Baruch College in Business Administration, with a concentration in Healthcare Administration.
Don Waisanen is an assistant professor of communication in the Baruch College School of Public Affairs, where he teaches courses in political communication and public advocacy. His research focuses on rhetoric and public affairs—especially irony, satire, and parody in public culture, and the intersections of deliberative democracy, social movements, and civic identities. He has published on a diverse range of topics exploring the forms of public discourse most amenable to democratic communication and community, from the critical humor of the Onion News Network to populist reasoning in immigration activism. Current projects involve transnational media campaigns, comedic contributions to civil society, church-state controversies, argumentation on social networking sites, and political conversion narratives.
Before entering academia, Don was a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs, and worked in broadcast journalism, as a speechwriter, and on various political campaigns. This year he will be working as a Rubin Fellow at Baruch College, exploring the arts and culture sector in New York City and the possibilities for cosmopolitan communication in globalizing contexts. Don serves on the board of the Resilience Advocacy Project, a nonprofit promoting local and system-level efforts to help youth transition out of poverty and into adulthood. He contributes to Thick Culture—a blog formed by an interdisciplinary group of scholars—and has long enjoyed and been informed in his professional work by involvement in the performing arts, particularly satirical activism and improvisational comedy. He received a Ph.D. in Communication.
Dr. Waltzer is the Assistant Director for Educational Technology at the Bernard L. Schwartz Communication Institute, where he manages Blogs@Baruch, a publishing platform for the Baruch College community. He also advises faculty, staff, and students about their uses of technology, helps design courses, lessons, and curricula that draw upon digital tools, and researches and writes about trends in educational technology at the City University of New York and beyond. He holds a Ph.D. In History from the CUNY Graduate Center and has taught history at Baruch College and Montclair State University.
Doug Young is the Director of HSBC Center for Economic and Financial Education. He will lead an Entrepreneurship lecture called, “Get The Credit You Deserve.” The lecture will review how managing credit is not difficult if the person knows the “rules of the game” and understands that credit is not “free” money that you don’t have to pay back. Many people carry debt loads way beyond their ability to pay, others often paying bills late. This costs them dearly in terms of interest accrued on these bills when they try to borrow for other loans, apply for jobs, get their insurance premiums, rent an apartment or even open their own phone account. People of all ages need to know that learning how to deal with monetary risk is the key to a good credit score, which can save you thousands of dollars over a lifetime. Money saved by a good credit report and score can be used for asset building, such as saving and investing for retirement or a college education; needed money for a rainy day problem such as a medical bill, or car repair; or future acquisition, such as a home, coop or condo. This presentation will explain credit 14reports, credit scores and what you need to do to “Get the Credit You Deserve.”