Faculty Experts

Suffolk University faculty are available for commentary and analysis.
 

Suffolk University faculty and administrators have agreed to make themselves available for interviews, comments, on-air discussions, and opinion/editorial views. The following list of faculty includes areas of expertise in general categories.

Specific topics may be found through a browser page search.

For additional information, please contact the Office of Public Affairs at 617-573-8447.

Arts, Culture & Society

Amy Agigian, Sociology

  • Health
  • Gender
  • Women's issues
  • Human rights
  • Reproductive rights
  • Gun issues
  • Violence
  • Political issues from the perspectives of gender, health, human rights

Jose Araguz, English

  • Poetry
  • Literature
  • Latinx Experience
  • First-Generation Experience
  • Diversity in Academia

Elif Armbruster, English

  • American Literature pre-1920: American Realism (1870-1920)
  • Authors Edith Wharton, Henry James, Harriet Beecher Stowe, William Dean Howells, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Willa Cather
  • Higher education
  • Women and Gender Studies and Social Media: #metoo movement, "Nasty Women," #pinkpussyhat, LGBTQ issues, sexual harassment and assault, female empowerment, feminism
  • Women, and Self-Image: addiction, anxiety, depression, opioids
  • American West: Pioneering, ecology, environmental studies, frontier mentality, pioneer girls, Native Americans,
  • Black Lives Matter, minorities, immigration
  • US culture
  • American Studies broadly
  • Boston art and architecture: houses, museums, summer colonies, summer houses, winter houses.

Linda Leslie Brown, Art & Design

  • STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics)
  • Art and Design

Lucius Couloute, Sociology

  • Prisoner reentry
  • Organizational inequality

Lawrence De Geest, Economics

  • Behavioral economics
  • Environmental economics
    • Climate change
    • Environmental protection
    • Space
  • Development
  • Machine learning

Gary Fireman, Psychology (Professor & Associate Provost)

  • Sleep quality, dreams, and nightmares
  • Bullying

Rev. Amy Fisher, Religious Studies/Philosophy, University Chaplain

  • World Religions: Politics, role of women, interfaith dialogue

Erika Gebo, Sociology

  • Juvenile justice
  • Criminal justice
  • Youth gangs
  • Crime prevention
  • Justice in communities, youth justice
  • Violence in communities

David Langer, Psychology

  • Child mental health
    • Child anxiety and depression
    • Treatments for child mental illness
  • Back-to-school anxiety
  • Anxiety around Halloween

Amy Marks, Psychology

  • At-risk youth
  • Culture and immigration
  • Identity
  • Developmental psychology (social & emotional)

Thomas McGrath, World Languages & Cultural Studies

  • History of art, particularly the art of Renaissance and Baroque Italy
  • Specialization in drawings

D. Quentin Miller, English

  • American literature
  • Contemporary literature
  • African American literature
  • Fiction
  • Law and literature.
  • The authors James Baldwin, John Updike, John Edgar Wideman, Toni Morrison, T.C. Boyle, Joanna Scott, Don Delillo, Jack Kerouac

Steve Novick, Art & Design

  • Visual arts and related issues

Nadine Lysiak, Biology

  • Whales —Ocean, Entanglement, Stress, Reproduction, Baleen, Stable Isotope, Hormone, Pregnancy, Ship Strike, Stranding, Dead, Endangered, Gulf Of Maine, Canada, Necropsy
  • Marine Mammal
  • Ecology
  • Marine biology
  • Zooplankton
  • Conservation
  • Seal
  • Isles of Shoals
  • Shark
  • Climate change,
  • Endangered Species Act,
  • Marine Mammal Protection Act
  • Marine Mammal Commission
  • National Marine Fisheries Service
  • NOAA

James Ptacek, Sociology

  • Violence against women
    • Sexual abuse
    • Sexual harassment
    • Abusive men
  • Gender inequality
  • Masculinity

Monika Raesch, Communication & Journalism

  • Film studies
  • Film adaptation
  • Film industry
  • World cinema (different film industries, film history)

Bob Rosenthal, Advertising, Public Relations, & Social Media

  • Politics, political communication
  • Public affairs

Susan Sered, Sociology

  • Women and crime
  • Drugs and society
  • Illness and healing
  • Religion and society
  • Women's health
  • Health care policy

Rebecca Stone, Sociology

  • Substance use during pregnancy
    • Opioid epidemic
    • Maternal drug use and fetal drug exposure
  • Women and crime
    • Women as victim-offenders
    • Women and substance use
    • Women's experiences on probation/parole/reentry/recidivism
  • Public health and criminal justice
    • Health of criminal justice populations
    • Unmet health needs in prisons and jails
    • Barriers to health care for justice-involved people
    • Poor health’s impact on reentry after incarceration

David Yamada, Law

  • Workplace bullying, mobbing, and abuse
    • Sexual harassment and the Me Too campaign
  • Unpaid internships
  • Therapeutic jurisprudence

Business

James Angelini, Accounting

  • Taxation and tax policy - federal and state
  • New or proposed tax laws.

Bari L. Bendell, Management & Entrepreneurship

  • Sustainability
  • Natural environment
  • Climate change from a business perspective
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Dry cleaning industry
  • Women on boards of directors
  • Corporate social responsibility

Pelin Bicen, Marketing

  • Innovation management
  • Marketing strategy
  • High-tech marketing
  • Startups and new ventures
  • Disruptive technologies (robotics, machine learning/AI/deep learning, internet of things)
  • Public policy debate around disruptive technologies

John Driscoll, Accounting

  • Accounting
  • Corporate & International Tax

Nancy Chun Feng, Accounting

  • Nonprofit accounting and auditing
  • Nonprofit governance
  • Nonprofit accountability
  • Nonprofit accreditation
  • Nonprofit financial disclosure
  • Nonprofit financial reporting
  • Governmental accounting and auditing
  • Governmental financial reporting
  • Accounting research
  • Accounting regulations
  • Public charities
  • Internal control
  • Single audits
  • Corporate social responsibility

Katerina Gonzalez, Management & Entrepreneurship

  • Organizational changes, specifically, individual reactions to organizational changes

Katrina Graham, Management & Entrepreneurship

  • Workplace
  • Organizations
  • Ethics
  • Leadership
  • Power

Jonathan Haughton, Economics

  • Economics generally
  • City, state economic issues
    • Taxation
    • Budgeting
    • Economic development
  • U.S. economy
    • Tax reform
    • Public policy related to the economy
    • Growth, employment, and inflation
    • Energy issues
  • International (Has visited 60+ countries. Recent focus on Ireland, Thailand, Vietnam, Rwanda)
    • Poverty and inequality
    • Sustainable development goals
    • Micro-credit
    • Entrepreneurship

Kuo-Ting (Ken) Hung, Information Systems and Operations Management

  • Global supply chain
  • Supply chain strategy
  • Supply chain disruption
  • Supply chain relationship management
  • Business analytics
  • Behavioral operations management
  • Decision-making process

Nesij Huvaj, Management and Entrepreneurship

  • Entrepreneurial finance
  • Angel investing
  • Venture capital
  • Business planning
  • Funding pitches
  • Technology entrepreneurship
  • EdTech
  • FinTech
  • Entrepreneurial ecosystems
  • Startups
  • Incubators
  • Accelerators
  • Coaching/mentoring (for students, entrepreneurs, and executives)
  • Strategic management (particularly in entrepreneurial contexts)

    Ariel Markelevich, Accounting

    • Financial accounting
    • Mergers and acquisitions
    • Audit quality
    • Accounting reporting quality
    • Corporate reporting
    • Standardized data
    • Data analytics

    Peter Martelli, Healthcare Administration

    • High reliability organizations (HRO) across sectors, especially in health care
    • Avoiding organizational errors and promoting quality/safety
    • Intersection of theory and practice
    • Organizational evidence and the application of knowledge in sociotechnical systems
      • Knowledge and evidence
      • Translation of research into practice and policy
      • Organizational barriers/facilitators to evidence-based management
      • Implementation science, knowledge translation, and applied epistemology
      • Role of expertise, professionalism, and social networks
    • Behavioral approaches to managing risk
    • High reliability organizing, resilience engineering, and other systems risk models
      • Learning, safety culture, and relational coordination
      • Systems theory, complexity and cybernetics
      • Simulation training and research
      • Reconciling theory and practice implications across models 

    Suzyn Ornstein, Management & Entrepreneurship

    • Sustainability
    • Climate change

    Peter Rivard, Healthcare Administration

    • Healthcare management
      • Patient safety
      • Leadership
      • Primary care

    Carlos Rufin, Strategy & International Business

    • Climate change
    • Energy
    • Sustainability
    • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Spain
    • Catalonia
    • International development
    • Urbanization
    • Public-private partnerships

    Russell Seidle, Strategy and International Business

    • Innovation
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Corporate strategy
    • Pharmaceutical industry
    • Biotechnology industry

    Andrew Smith, Marketing

    • Marketing
    • Consumer behavior
    • Branding
    • Augmented reality
    • Social media marketing

    Richard Torrisi, Finance and International Business

    • U.S. economic policy
    • International trade and investment
    • Global economy
    • US dollar and global financial markets
    • Inflation and unemployment trends

    Dmitry Zinoviev, Math & Computer Science

    • Computing
    • Data science

    Economic Issues

    Brenda J. Bond, Institute for Public Service

    • Public administration and reform
    • Public sector performance measurement and management
    • Public organizational change
    • Policing
    • Police reform
    • Accountability in public sector
    • Public safety
    • Criminal justice reform
    • Community-police relationships
    • Public policy implementation
    • Community engagement

    Lawrence De Geest, Economics

    • Behavioral economics
    • Environmental economics
      • Climate change
      • Environmental protection
      • Space
    • Development
    • Machine learning

    Kathleen C. Engel, Law

    • Financial services
    • Financial regulation
    • Consumer protection
    • Discrimination in housing, employment, credit, etc.
    • Torts
    • Personal injury
    • Employment law

    Jonathan Haughton, Economics

    • Economics generally
    • City, state economic issues 
      • Taxation
      • Budgeting
      • Economic development
    • U.S. economy 
      • Tax reform
      • Public policy related to the economy
      • Growth, employment, and inflation
      • Energy issues
    • International 
      • Poverty and inequality
      • Sustainable development goals
      • Micro-credit
      • Entrepreneurship

    (Has visited 60+ countries. Recent work has been related to Ireland, Thailand, Vietnam and Rwanda)

    John Infranca, Law

    • Land use law, planning, and zoning
    • Housing law and policy - affordable housing, gentrification, market urbanism
    • Urban law and policy
    • Local government law
    • The sharing economy - Airbnb, Uber, Lyft
    • Religion and law - First Amendment free exercise and establishment clause

    Shahruz Mohtadi, Economics

    • International trade policy
    • Federal Reserve monetary policy
    • Exchange rate

    Environment & Nature

    Lawrence De Geest, Economics

    • Behavioral economics
    • Environmental economics
      • Climate change
      • Environmental protection

      • Space

    • Development
    • Machine learning

    Scott Lussier, Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability

    • Digital mapping
    • Geospatial analysis
    • Drones
    • GIS
    • Cartography and environmental science

    Nadine Lysiak, Biology

    • Whales —Ocean, Entanglement, Stress, Reproduction, Baleen, Stable Isotope, Hormone, Pregnancy, Ship Strike, Stranding, Dead, Endangered, Gulf Of Maine, Canada, Necropsy
    • Marine Mammal
    • Ecology
    • Marine biology
    • Zooplankton
    • Conservation
    • Seal
    • Isles of Shoals
    • Shark
    • Climate change,
    • Endangered Species Act,
    • Marine Mammal Protection Act
    • Marine Mammal Commission
    • National Marine Fisheries Service
    • NOAA

    Lauren Nolfo-Clements, Biology

    • Ecology
    • Wildlife
    • Wildlife Conflict
    • Environment
    • Dogs
    • Rats
    • Rodents
    • Habitat
    • Evolution

    Suzyn Ornstein, Management & Entrepreneurship

    • Sustainability
    • Climate change

    Carlos Rufin, Strategy & International Business

    • Climate change
    • Energy
    • Sustainability
    • Latin America
    • Brazil
    • Spain
    • Catalonia
    • International development
    • Urbanization
    • Public-private partnerships

    Government & Politics

    Eric Bellone, Political Science & Legal Studies

    • Videoconferencing in the Courts
    • Drug Court Issues

    Brenda J. Bond, Institute for Public Service

    • Policing
    • Police reform
    • Accountability in public sector
    • Public sector performance measurement and management
    • Public safety
    • Criminal justice reform
    • Community-police relationships
    • Public administration and reform
    • Public policy implementation
    • Public organizational change
    • Community engagement

    Rachael V. Cobb, Political Science & Legal Studies

    • Voting rights
    • Election administration
    • Congress
    • U.S. politics generally
    • Presidency
    • Massachusetts politics

    Ken Cosgrove, Political Science & Legal Studies

    • Congress
    • Republicans; Republican brand
    • Political marketing
    • Political branding
    • Lobbying
    • Campaigns
    • Sports and politics
    • Culture and politics
    • NFL kneeling protests
    • Olympics
    • Trump
    • Midterms
    • Wave elections
    • Canada, Canadian politics
    • Congressional oversight and investigations

    Roberto Dominguez, Political Science & Legal Studies

    • International security
    • European politics
    • Latin American politics
    • International relations
    • International human rights

    Christina Kulich-Vamvakas, Political Science & Legal Studies

    • American politics
    • Women and politics
    • European politics
    • Democracy
    • Social movements

    Weiqi Zhang, Political Science & Legal Studies

    • North Korea
    • China

    Health & Science

    Melanie Berkmen, Chemistry & Biochemistry

    • Biochemistry
    • Microbiology

    Gary Fireman, Psychology (Professor & Associate Provost)

    • Sleep quality, dreams and nightmares
    • Bullying in school and college age population

    Kaushik Ghosh, Information Systems and Operations Management

    • Healthcare Informatics as applied to Patient Care and Care Provider Performance
    • Healthcare Quality Management via Technology
    • Healthcare Performance Management via Technology

    Matthew Jerram, Psychology

    • Mental Health
    • Mental health policy
    • Neuroscience and behavior
    • Psychiatric and neurological disorders
    • Psychotherapy
    • Psychological interventions
    • Psychological research
    • Statistics and statistical interpretation

    David Langer, Psychology

    • Child mental health
      • Child anxiety and depression
      • Treatments for child mental illness
    • Back-to-school anxiety
    • Anxiety around Halloween

    Scott Lussier, Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability

    • Digital mapping
    • Geospatial analysis
    • Drones
    • GIS
    • Cartography and environmental science

    Nadine Lysiak, Biology

    • Whales —Ocean, Entanglement, Stress, Reproduction, Baleen, Stable Isotope, Hormone, Pregnancy, Ship Strike, Stranding, Dead, Endangered, Gulf Of Maine, Canada, Necropsy
    • Marine Mammal
    • Ecology
    • Marine biology
    • Zooplankton
    • Conservation
    • Seal
    • Isles of Shoals
    • Shark
    • Climate change,
    • Endangered Species Act,
    • Marine Mammal Protection Act
    • Marine Mammal Commission
    • National Marine Fisheries Service
    • NOAA

    Jessica Mak, Biology (Radiation Science Program)

    • Radiation therapy cancer treatment
    • Cancer
    • Radiation therapy student training

    Peter Martelli, Healthcare Administration

    • High reliability organizations (HRO) across sectors, especially in healthcare
    • Avoiding organizational errors and promoting quality/safety
    • Intersection of theory and practice
    • Organizational evidence and the application of knowledge in sociotechnical systems
      • Knowledge and evidence:
      • Translation of research into practice and policy
      • Organizational barriers/facilitators to evidence-based management
      • Implementation science, knowledge translation, and applied epistemology
      • Role of expertise, professionalism, and social networks
    • Behavioral approaches to managing risk
    • High reliability organizing, resilience engineering, and other systems risk models
      • Learning, safety culture and relational coordination
      • Systems theory, complexity and cybernetics
      • Simulation training and research
      • Reconciling theory and practice implications across models

    Lauren Nolfo-Clements, Biology

    • Ecology
    • Wildlife
    • Wildlife Conflict
    • Environment
    • Dogs
    • Rats
    • Rodents
    • Habitat
    • Evolution

    Susan Orsillo, Psychology

    • The nature and function of worry/fear/and anxiety.
    • Differences between worry and problem solving - how to identify & respond
    • Strategies for coping with anxiety and related emotions
    • Mindfulness (and common misconceptions about mindfulness)
    • Identifying and articulating personal values that can be helpful with anxiety and related problems
    • Differences between values and goals
    • Career paths in psychology

    Peter Rivard, Healthcare Administration

    • Healthcare management
      • Patient safety
      • Leadership
      • Primary care

    Rebecca Stone, Sociology

    • Substance use during pregnancy
      • Opioid epidemic
      • Maternal drug use and fetal drug exposure
    • Women and crime
      • Women as victim-offenders
      • Women and substance use
      • Women's experiences on probation/parole/reentry/recidivism
    • Public health and criminal justice
      • Health of criminal justice populations
      • Unmet health needs in prisons and jails
      • Barriers to health care for justice-involved people
      • Poor health’s impact on reentry after incarceration

    International Issues

    Roberto Dominguez, Political Science & Legal Studies

    • International security
    • European politics
    • Latin American politics
    • International relations
    • International human rights

    Shahruz Mohtadi, Economics

    • International trade policy
    • Federal Reserve monetary policy
    • Exchange rate

    Ragini Shah, Law

    • Immigration
      • Ineffectiveness of border security
      • Constitutional analysis (travel ban, DACA litigation)
      • Criteria for admission (i.e., no such thing as chain migration)
      • Intersection of immigration and crime
    • Citizenship, qualification as refugee/asylee
    • Mexican immigration to the U.S.
    • Latin American immigrant communities generally

    Weiqi Zhang, Political Science & Legal Studies

    • North Korea
    • China

    Law & Courts

    Eric Bellone, Political Science & Legal Studies

    • Videoconferencing in the Courts
    • Drug Court Issues

    Rosanna Cavallaro, Law

    • Criminal Law
    • Evidence
    • Professional responsibility
    • Law and literature

    Lucius Couloute, Sociology

    • Prisoner reentry
    • Organizational inequality

    Maurice Dyson, Law

    • Race
    • Racial Equality
    • Discrimination and Civil Rights
    • Educational Equality
    • Criminal Justice Reform
    • Artificial Intelligence and Racial Bias

    Adam Eckart, Law

    • Legal writing
    • Antitrust
    • Mergers
    • LGBTQ
    • Legal practice skills

    Kathleen C. Engel, Law

    • Financial services
    • Financial regulation
    • Consumer protection
    • Discrimination in housing, employment, credit, etc.
    • Torts
    • Personal injury
    • Employment law

    John Infranca, Law

    • Land use law, planning, and zoning
    • Housing law and policy - affordable housing, gentrification, market urbanism
    • Urban law and policy
    • Local government law
    • The sharing economy - Airbnb, Uber, Lyft
    • Religion and law - First Amendment

    Renée M. Landers, Law, Director of the Health and Biomedical Law Concentration

    • Affordable Care Act
    • Affirmative action
    • Roe v. Wade
    • Marriage rights
    • Regulatory agencies
    • Voting rights

    Kim McLaurin, Law – Clinical Programs

    • Criminal law
    • Criminal and juvenile court systems
    • Juvenile justice and juveniles generally
    • Constitutional law

    Marc Perlin, Law

    • Massachusetts law and procedure
    • Family law

    Rene Reyes, Law

    • U.S. constitutional law
    • Comparative constitutional law (with special attention to US/UK comparisons and to Brexit issues)
    • Law and religion

    Elbert L. Robertson, Law

    • Civil rights
    • Administrative law
    • Antitrust
    • Business associations
    • Corporations
    • Criminal law
    • Evidence
    • Jurisprudence
    • Law and economics
    • Legal method
    • Torts

    Ragini Shah, Law

    • Immigration
      • Ineffectiveness of border security
      • Constitutional analysis (travel ban, DACA litigation)
      • Criteria for admission (i.e., no such thing as chain migration)
      • Intersection of immigration and crime.
    • Citizenship, qualification as refugee/asylee
    • Mexican immigration to the U.S.
    • Latin American immigrant communities generally

    David Yamada, Law

    • Workplace bullying, mobbing, and abuse
      • Sexual harassment and the Me Too campaign
    • Unpaid internships
    • Therapeutic jurisprudence

    Sports

    Ken Cosgrove, Political Science & Legal Studies

    • Sports and politics
    • NFL kneeling protests
    • Olympics
    • Culture and politics
    • Congressional oversight and investigations