Faculty & Staff

Faculty & Staff


Department Chair

Lawrence Markowitz

Dr. Lawrence Markowitz
Professor of Political Science

Lawrence P. Markowitz is Professor of Political Science at Rowan University. He specializes in the study of state building, authoritarianism, and political violence, with a regional focus on post-Soviet Eurasia. His first book, State Erosion: Unlootable Resources and Unruly Elites in Central Asia (Cornell University Press, 2013), shows how economic resources explain the surprising durability of weak states. It was awarded Honorable Mention for the 2014 Ed A Hewitt Book Prize given by the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies, for “an outstanding monograph on the political economy of Russia, Eurasia and/or Eastern Europe, published in the previous year.” His second book (with Mariya Y. Omelicheva), tentatively entitled The Trafficking/Terrorism Nexus: Mapping Security Threats in Central Asia (Columbia University Press, 2019), explains how state involvement in drug trafficking accounts for such low levels of terrorist violence in Central Asia.  His work has also appeared in a variety of academic journals, including Comparative Political StudiesComparative Politics, Democratization, Ethnic and Racial StudiesPost-Soviet Affairs, Social Science Quarterly, and Terrorism and Political Violence. His current projects explore the rise of far right mobilization in Russia and the political economy of repression in post-Soviet autocracies. His research has been supported by the Minerva Research Initiative, Fulbright Commission, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, Social Science Research Council, International Research and Exchanges Board, and National Council for Eurasian and East European Research. Markowitz received his Ph.D. in Political Science from University of Wisconsin-Madison.


Lauren Banko
Instructor of Economics
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Lauren Banko is an economics lecturer at Rowan University. She is a South Jersey native, but completed her undergraduate degree at Pace University (NYC campus) in economics and mathematics. Lauren received her M.A. in economics at Temple University in 2013. While there, she taught several undergraduate courses, including microeconomics and the American Economy; a course which focused on current issues in economic settings. At Rowan, Lauren has taught introduction to micro and macro, intermediate micro, sports economics, and seminar in economics. Her academic interests include sports, labor, and health economics. Lauren has coauthored a paper titled "Gender Differences in Response to Setbacks: Evidence from Professional Tennis", published in Social Science Quarterly. Some of her current research is in palliative care, wage inequality, and craft beer breweries.​

FerariDr. Robert Ferrari
Instructor of Economics
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Robert J. Ferrari is Professor Emeritus of Financial Economics from Fordham Universityís Marymount College. Since 2009 he has been a faculty member in the Economics Program of Rowan University. Over the years, he has been an adjunct faculty member at many colleges and universities: including, among others, New York University (15 years), The United States Military Academy at West Point, and Manhattan College.

Before becoming a full time academic, he was the Senior Vice President-Finance of a New York City bank. Prior to that, he was employed by the Federal Reserve System in several capacities. And prior, he was a member of the Canadian Arbitrage Department of a New York Stock Exchange member firm. He was a principal in a Westchester (NY) based consulting group. And, has had assignments with the IBM World Trade Corporation, the General Motors Corporation, and the National Association of Mutual Savings Banks, among others. He has also been a board member and treasurer of a Westchester (NY) based real estate corporation and non profits based in New York and Pennsylvania. He has lectured, addressed, and spoken extensively on various topics in economics and financial management, and has co-authored two textbooks in economics. 

He is a graduate of Villanova University, New York University, and Brown University.


Dr. Stuti Jha
Asst. Professor of Economics
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Stuti Jha graduated from the PhD program in Economics at Purdue University in August 2015. She has a masterís degree in Economics from University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee. Her research interests are in labor economics, health economics and international economics. Her research focuses on physician labor market outcomes, particularly, gender wage gap among physicians and the residency match process and its effects on employment choices of physicians. She taught at Purdue University and Butler University before joining Rowan University. She has four years of industry experience in the field of policy analysis and project management.

Kul Kapri

Dr. Kul Kapri
Asst. Professor of Economics
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Kul Kapri earned his PhD in Economics from Maxwell School, Syracuse University in 2014. He has a master's degree in Mathematics from Western Illinois University and a master's degree in Statistics from Tribhuvan University, Nepal. His research interests are in International Economics, Development Economics, Labor Economics and Applied Econometrics. More specifically, his recent works focus on labor market outcomes and trade policy, trade orientation and firm performance, offshoring, and remittances. His scholarly work has been published in International Review of Economics & Finance and Development Journal of the South. As a consultant to the World Bank and a government officer to the Government of Nepal, he also involved in formulation, implementation, monitoring/supervision and evaluation of many public policies and programs.

Yupeng LiYupeng Li
Assistant Professor of Economics

Dr. Li’s research interests are in Health Economics, Clinical Outcomes Research, Industrial Organization, and Applied Econometrics. More specifically, his current research focuses on patent transfers within the pharmaceutical industry, and the long term consequences associated with aortic aneurysms. He works intensively with physicians and serves as Health Economist in the research group at the Yale Center for Thoracic Aortic Disease. Related scholarly work has been published or is forthcoming in several journals, such as The Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Journal of Vascular Surgery, et al. At Rowan, he teaches courses in Economics.​

Timothy MihokTimothy G. Mihok
Instructor of Economics

Mr. Mihok is a Millville native with a BA in Economics from Fordham University and an M.B.A. from Rutgers. He has extensive experience as a securities analyst making recommendations on the stocks and bonds issued by utility companies working for Duff & Phelps in Chicago. Prior to Rowan, Mr. Mihok has twenty years of experience with Bloomberg, LP where he first established the equity analysis department in Princeton office. He went on to build applications suitable for investment professionals worldwide while based in the Bloomberg London office. His responsibilities included internal training and seminars to clients across Europe, the Middle East and South Africa. Mr. Mihok is a member of the Chartered Financial Analysts Institute.

Gaetano D. Pascale
Instructor of Economics
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Guy graduated from Rutgers-Camden with a Bachelors degree in Economics in 1991 and received a Masters degree in Economics from Rutgers-New Brunswick in 1994. He has worked at the Bureau of Economic Research-Economics of Healthcare and Disability section, Virtua Health, Keystone Mercy Health Plan (KMHP), and Health Partners. Presently, Guy is President and CEO of Healthcare Quality Management (HCQM) a company he formed in 2001. At the Bureau of Economic Research, Guy participated in research studies for the Paralyzed Veterans of America and the New Jersey Developmental Disabilities Council that centered on the impact of disability on labor market performance. Other responsibilities included data wharehousing and the provision of data marts for end users. At Virtua Health, he worked in the Quality Management department where he applied economic methods to quality of care issues. These included risk-adjustment of cesarean-section rates, physician profiling, use of patient restraints, and patient satisfaction, to name a few. Guy also participated in a successful JCAHO accreditation while at Virtua and assisted other departments, including risk management and credentialing, with their data needs. At KMHP, Guy was charged with the production of HEDIS rates for the health plan. He also conducted research on dental utilization among the mentally disabled and provided assistance to other departments with their research needs. At Health Partners, Guy managed the disease management program. As President and CEO of HCQM, he provides consulting services to hospitals and managed care organizations regarding their data, research, and statistical needs. Additionally, Guy has taught roughly 90 graduate and undergraduate economics courses at Rutgers (Camden and New Brunswick), West Chester University, and Holy Family University.

Natalie Reaves

Dr. Natalie D. Reaves
Assoc. Professor of Economics

Dr. Natalie Reaves is a southern New Jersey native, originally from Brotmanville, NJ. She attended Rutgers University-New Brunswick, the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill and Wayne State University receiving B.S., M.S. and PhD degrees in Economics. Prior to coming to Rowan, she taught at the University of Michigan-Dearborn, and has worked for the Social Security Administration and the United Auto Workers (UAW) Economic Research Dept. She is a Health Economist who examines a variety of health related issues including health insurance, Medicare/Medicaid, Obamacare and the impact of medical technology on health care costs. In addition, she researches the impact of government regulation on innovation in the pharmaceutical industry. In particular, she studies how changes in patents, tax laws and other government regulations encourages/discourages firms to develop remedies for rare and neglected diseases such as Touretteís, rare cancers, Sickle Cell and Malaria. Finally, she also has interests in environmental economics, law and economics and neuroeconomics.


Diane Trace
Instructor of Economics
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Diane Trace graduated with a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Rowan University and a M.A. in Economics from the University of Delaware. Her area of interest is labor economics and more specifically the minimum wage. She co-authored a paper with Dr. Saul Hoffman at the University of Delaware titled, “NJ and PA Once Again: what Happened to Employment When the PA-NJ Minimum Wage Differential Disappeared?” published in the January 2009 edition of the Eastern Economic Journal.

Diane is currently an Assistant Professor of Economics at Rowan College at Gloucester County. In the past she has taught introductory level economics courses at the University of Delaware and DelTech. She also worked in Institutional Research for several years prior to teaching full time.

Diane is a life-long resident of southern New Jersey. In addition to economics, she enjoys gardening, sewing, and traveling. She also enjoys hiking old pilgrimage trails. She has recently hiked 400 miles of the Camino de Santiago in Northern Spain and portions of the Kumano Kudo in Japan. 


Misty Knight-Finley
Misty Knight-Finley
Assistant Professor of Political Science 
Misty Knight-Finley earned her PhD in Political Science from the University of California, Irvine in 2017. Her primary research interest in comparative public policy intersects both American and Comparative politics. Her substantive policy interests include domestic human rights policy, social welfare policy, and social regulatory policy. She has additional research interests in political institutions and has done research on the U.S. Congress.

Dr. Danielle Gougon
Instructor of Political Science

Danielle Gougon is a professor of Political Science in the Department of Political Science and Economics at Rowan University. Dr. Gougon earned a doctoral degree in Political Science from Rutgers University, New Brunswick and a Master's in Feminist Theory and Gender Studies from the Graduate Faculty of Political and Social Science, New School University, New York. Dr. Gougon's specializes in women in politics, feminist theory, reproductive politics, and interest groups. Her research focuses on feminist organizations' responses to new challenges in reproductive politics in the contemporary U.S. setting.

Prior to joining Rowan, Dr. Gougon served as the Dean of Global Academic and First Year Programs at Douglass College, the women's college at Rutgers University, New Brunswick and was responsible for developing curriculum for women's leadership courses and programs. Dr. Gougon also directed the Global Village, a nationally recognized living-learning community that was awarded numerous financial gifts to support its work in developing globally minded women leaders. During her tenure, Dr. Gougon launched several new houses focused on human rights, women's leadership, women in business, and Mid-East coexistence. Dr. Gougon has also designed and led service-learning trips and has taken students to Thailand to study sex trafficking, Cambodia to study genocide, Juarez, Mexico to study globalization, and South Africa to study apartheid.

Kathy Javian

Dr. Katharine S. Javian
Lecturer of Political Science
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Kathy earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from Temple University. Her teaching interests include: American government, race and poverty in America, public opinion and political behavior, state and local government, social movement activism, and political science research methods. Kathy’s research focuses broadly on elections and policy in the American states as well as public opinion and political behavior. Currently, she is working on a project that examines how state policies affect mass incarceration and racial disparities in incarceration rates. 


Anne Pluta

Dr. Anne Pluta
Asst. Professor of Political Science

Anne earned her Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She also has a M.A. in History from West Chester University. Her primary research interests are the American presidency, political communication and the media. In addition, Anne is interested in the methodological challenges involved in doing historical research in political science. Her work has appeared in Presidential Studies Quarterly and Congress and the Presidency. Currently, Anne is working on a book manuscript tentatively titled The Evolution of Popular Presidential Communication: Opportunities and Incentives from George Washington to Barack Obama.

James RonanJames Ronan
Instructor of Political Science
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Dr. Jim Ronan received his Ph.D. in Political Science from Catholic University in Washington, D.C. and his M.A. in Political Science from Villanova University. Prior to arriving at Rowan, Dr. Ronan also served as a professor at both Catholic University and Villanova University.

His research focuses on the development of American political institutions, constitutional law, and the history of the American Presidency. In 2013, Dr. Ronan received a research grant from the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library for study in the field of presidential disability and succession. His book, Living Dangerously: The Uncertainties of Presidential Disability and Succession, was published in 2015. 

Katrina Somdahl-Sands

Dr. Katrinka C. Somdahl-Sands
Associate Professor of Political Science

Katrinka Somdahl-Sands is an Assistant Professor of Political Science and is the Coordinator for the New Jersey Geographic Alliance. She is a political geographer with research interests in the spaces of political communication, popular geopolitics, mediated spaces of performance, and geographic education. Her recent teaching areas include Contemporary World Problems, Politics on Film, Global Challenges, and regional courses on Africa, the Middle East and Europe.


Majeeda Hason

Majeeda Hason, Head Clerk






Thomas Arndt

Kathy Balin, Esq.
Cell: 609-545-0800

Frank Fuller

William J. Kiamie

Joshua Martineau

Dr. David R. Mayer

Dr. William Schrader
Cell: 609-953-0180

All Political Science Adjuncts may be reached at 856-256-4500 ext. 64631


Fernand Agou

Lawrence Bernstein

Carlo Dennis R. Candalla, M.A.

Dr. Habib Jam

Serkan Kalman

Francine V. Knight

Mike Leonardo, M.B.A.

Joseph Matriccino

Sharleen Rajput

Peter Rosica

Robert Vaden, M.A.

Andreas Alfred Verrios

Kathleen M. Zarnosky

All Economics Adjuncts may be reached at 856-256-4500 ext. 53323 or 64866