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 the general categories of:

  • Arts, Culture & Society
  • Business
  • Economic Issues
  • Environment & Nature
  • Government & Politics
  • Health & Science
  • International Issues
  • Law & Courts
  • Sports

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

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

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

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

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)
  • German reunification

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

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

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

Michaele Morrow, Accounting

  • Corporate and individual tax policy
  • Behavior of multinational corporations that stash earnings offshore
  • Effects of lowering the corporate tax rate vs expanding the domestic manufacturing deduction
  • Effects of tax credits, e.g., on purchasing energy-efficient products and health insurance
  • Tax code impacts: marriage, death, etc.
  • National tax instructor for PwC and for KPMG--topics: individual, corporate, partnership, international, and state and local tax.
  • Tax prep center
  • Foreign student/international tax returns

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

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

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

Environment & Nature

Scott Lussier, Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability

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

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

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, Government

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

Ken Cosgrove, Government

  • 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, Government

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

Christina Kulich-Vamvakas, Government

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

Weiqi Zhang, Government

  • 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

Matthew Jerram, Psychology

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

Scott Lussier, Center for Urban Ecology and Sustainability

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

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 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

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, Government

  • 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, Government

  • North Korea
  • China

Law & Courts

Rosanna Cavallaro, Law

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

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, Government

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