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Faculty Experts

The University of New Haven Faculty Experts list allows local, regional and national journalists to identify and connect with informed and media-savvy UNH faculty members for commentary.

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College of Arts & Sciences

Anton Chekhov and Russian culture 

Daria A. Kirjanov, Ph.D., is a practitioner in residence in the department of social sciences, modern languages. Her research is in Russian literature and culture of the 19th and 20th centuries and has focused on constructs of memory and remembering in the works of Anton Chekhov as related to social, religious, and aesthetic trends in Russian culture of the period. Her research  focuses on Russian émigré memoir literature in the 20th century and the translation of Russian works of this genre. She also has a research interest in secondary language acquisition, specifically in developing literary and cultural  textual materials at the intermediate level, as well as in developing translation skills at the intermediate-advanced levels of proficiency.

Auditory Perception

Christopher Reba, a Grammy judge and professional musician, is an expert on musical composition.  He is also a record producer who has done research on auditory perception.  He is researching whether or not digital audio is perceived as well as analog audio and what level of auditory quality is appropriate for most people.

Cancer of Female Reproductive Track

Michael Rossi, Ph.D., is a molecular and cell biologist who studies cancers of the female reproductive track, including ovarian and uterine cancer. Rossi conducted his postdoctoral training in the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the University of Florida and collaborates on his research with members of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at the Yale School of Medicine.

Communication Law, First Amendment

Steven Raucher, J.D., is an expert in communication theory, communication law, mass media history and public relations. Raucher is also an attorney with a part-time general practice in Hamden, Conn. His main research area is in communication law and the First Amendment.

Childhood Trauma; Mental Health of Low-Income Children and Families

Melissa L. Whitson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology. Her research includes examining risk factors, protective factors and services that affect mental health outcomes for low-income children and families and the implications for prevention and intervention. Her research focuses on children who have been exposed to trauma and their families. She also conducts research in career development and adolescent pregnancy.

Community Psychology and Ethics

Michael MorrisPh.D., is a professor of psychology. He directs the master's program in community psychology and has conducted research on ethical conflicts in program evaluations. He can discuss organizational behavior, consultation, community psychology and program evaluation. The author of several journal articles, his books include “Evaluation Ethics for Best Practice: Cases and Commentaries,” “Poverty and Public Policy” and “Myths about the Powerless.  

Crime Scene Reconstruction, Human Trafficking

Timothy Palmbach, J.D. - MS, served 22 years with Connecticut Department of Public Safety, retiring as a major in charge of the Division of Scientific Services. His past research involved the applications and development of new technologies for crime scene reconstruction.  His research focus is on the use of DNA analysis and other forensic investigative measures to help combat the worldwide plague of human trafficking.

Digital Literacy, Classroom Technology

W. Ian O'Byrne, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of educational technologies and the coordinator of the instructional technology & digital media literacy program in the education department. A former research fellow at the New Literacies Research Lab at the University of Connecticut, he has a master’s degree from the University of Massachusetts. He has been involved in initiatives in school districts ranging from online and hybrid coursework, integrating technology in the classroom, ePortfolio systems, and supporting marginalized students in literacy practices. is research examines the literacy practices of individuals as they read, write, and communicate in online spaces.

Education Law, School Evaluation, American History

David E Perry, Ph.D., is a practitioner-in-residence in the Department of Education and a historian. He is an expert in public education law, the evaluation and accreditation of New England public high schools, and the evaluation of schools in the former Soviet Union. In addition, he is well-versed in history, including the Civil War, Abraham Lincoln (particularly Lincoln's foreign policy), World War II, European battlefields and art history.

Environmental Contamination

Melanie Eldridge, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in biology and environmental sciences. Her research explores emerging contaminants in the environment, especially chemicals that disrupt the endocrine system by mimicking hormones and chemicals that are toxic to humans and animals. She is also interested in the eco-toxicological effects of nanoparticles and metal-nanoparticles. Eldridge can also discuss infectious diseases from a biological point of view.

Executive Coaching, Management Training 

Leonard Wysocki, Ph.D., is a professor of industrial/organizational psychology. He is also a licensed psychologist and can discuss consulting in executive coaching, management training and organizational development.

Geology, Environmental Sciences

Daniel J. May, Ph.D., is the provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. His research interests is in environmental science, including remediation of contaminated soil, sediment and groundwater, contaminant fate and transport, well-head protection plans, risk modeling and risk management.

Geology, Natural Hazards, Climate Change, Caves and Bats, Environmental Education

R. Laurence Davis, Ph.D. is a geologist and environmental educator. His research includes natural hazards, cave science, and environmental education. He has given more than 80 public presentations on climate change. He is the chair of the Geological Society of America's Division on Geology and Society and is the chief scientist for the Northeastern Cave Conservancy. He also serves on the American Camp Association's Committee on Children in Nature. Professor of earth and environmental sciences at UNH, he is also director of nature programs and teaching (for 43 years) at Camp Pemigewassett in Wentworth, NH. Davis is a fellow of the Geological Society of American and a registered professional geologist in NH, SC, and KY.

Group Dynamics, Conflict Resolution

Eric Marcus, Ph.D., is a consulting social psychologist and directs the master’s program in industrial and organizational psychology.  He works extensively in the area of conflict and its productive use in groups and organizations, and conducts experiential workshops on group dynamics. He can discuss group dynamics, conflict and its resolution, feedback and team development. He has authored several articles on consulting, conflict, and global community development, and most recently co-edited the third edition of the Handbook of Conflict Resolution.

Health and Behavior

Melissa Whitson, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology. She has conducted extensive research on behavioral health, counseling psychology and post-traumatic stress disorder. She also can discuss family issues.

Healthy Eating

Georgia Chavent is a professor and director of the nationally-accredited UNH Nutrition and Dietetics Program.  She is both a registered dietitian and a board-certified sports dietitian. She can comment on healthy eating. 

History of Religion

Matthew Wranovix, Ph.D., is a lecturer and head of the honors program. A European medievalist who specializes in the history of religion. he is interested in the circulation, reception and transformation of ideas.  

Immigration Literature

 Pamela Asmus, Ph.D., is a lecturer in English. Her research interests are in the post-colonial literature of Africa and the Caribbean, including the relationship between post-colonialism and immigrant literature. She has examined the history of women in the United States and is studying the portrayal of female characters in literature.

Interior Design

John Arabolos, ASID, is a professional interior designer and professional-in-residence.


Christopher M. Dowd, assistant professor of English, is an expert on Irish identity in America. He can speak about how “Irishness” was imagined by Irish-American writers who were conscious of the process of self-definition and how non-Irish writers wrote in response to shifting cultural concerns. He can also discuss the fictional Irishman and how the Irish immigrant experience became a model for subsequent immigrant narratives to the United States.  

Japanese and Chinese History

Brett McCormick, Ph.D., associate professor, is a historian of Japan and China, as well as the director of the Global Studies program.

Job Preparation, Analysis

Tara L'Heureux-Barrett, Ph.D., is an associate professor of psychology. She teaches organizational behavior, industrial and organizational psychology, and performance management. She can discuss job analysis, test development, preparation for careers, managing across generations, experiential learning and performance appraisal systems.

Language and its Perception

Alexandria Guzman, Ph.D., is a cognitive psychologist interested in how the brain differentiates and uses linguistic information. She says memory allows humans to view words and sounds in different ways and to use spoken language in a different way than they do in writing.  She is also studying swearing and says using swear words can provide an emotional release.

Lyme disease

Eva SapiPh.D., is an associate professor, University Research Scholar, and graduate program coordinator in the Department of Biology and Environmental Science. She has more than 20 years of experience in molecular and cell biology and specializes in Lyme disease-related research. Sapi investigates the presence of novel infections agents in deer tick with the goal of better understanding the nature of tick-borne diseases in patients. One of her latest research projects focuses on Borrelia biofilm and its connection to Lyme disease.  The biofilm may allow the disease to hide and reoccur in the body. 

Management, Strategic Thinking

Maurice CayerPh.D., is a professor of industrial/organizational psychology. He is an expert in teaching mangers to think strategically and conducting employee testing. He teaches multinational management, management of human resources, performance appraisal systems, personal training and development. He can comment on human resource management and leadership.

Marine Biology, Fish Ecology

John Kelly, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of marine biology. He is interested in the role physiology plays in the behavior and ecology of fishes and marine organisms, particularly migratory and anadromous species. His areas of interest include movements and migrations, the role of sensory physiology in orientation and navigation, and conservation and management of native fishes and associated fisheries.

Marine Biology, Horseshoe Crabs, Invasive Marine Species

Carmela Cuomo, Ph.D., is a marine biologist who studies the ecology of Long Island Sound. She has studied the progress of invasive species, such as the sea squirt or Styela clava, the challenges posed by declining oxygenation, and whether algae in the sound can be harvested and cultivated to produce bio-diesel fuel. She also has done extensive work on breeding horseshoe crabs in captivity. This is important because the crabs do typically breed in captivity. An extract of blood from horseshoe crabs is used by the pharmaceutical and medical device industries to ensure that products such as intravenous drugs, vaccines, and medical devices are free of bacterial contamination.

Marine Science, Ecology of the Sea Floor

Roman Zajac, Ph.D., professor and chair of the biology and environmental science department, is an ecologist whose specialty is sea floor ecology.  He also studies benthic environments and is conducting research in New Haven Harbor and at a salt marsh in Stonington, Conn.  In addition, he is part of a project to map the bottom of Long Island Sound.

Music Marketing, Journalism History

Elizabeth Christian, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of communication, film and media studies. She is the editor of the award-winning “Rock Brands: Selling Sound in a Media Saturated Culture” and the author of a companion yearlong, nationally awarded blog on music marketing. Her research includes work in journalism history, prison journalism, literary journalism, popular culture, prison communication and reality television.


Saion Sinha, Ph.D., is professor of physics and an expert in nanotechnology. With Eva Sapi, he has a patent pending on a device that uses nanotechnology to detect infection, specifically Lyme disease, by confirming its DNA structure. He also studies the environmental aspects of nanoparticles in materials such as fertilizers and pesticides and their effects on plants and water. Additionally, he has developed a process to use nanotechnology to detect and analyze small-scale patterns in gunshot residue.

Photography, New Media

Todd Jokl, MFA, campus dean of the Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts, is an associate professor and former chair of the art and design program. He is a photographer, new media artist, and advocate for the arts in New Haven and Connecticut with special interest and experience in developing curricula that bridge the arts and design with other disciplines.

Poetry and African American Literature

Randall Horton , Ph.D., is an award-winning poet, a recipient of a Creative Writing Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), and a highly regarded expert on African American literature and critical theory. He is the author of two books of poetry which tell his life story, including the history of his family in Alabama, his felony conviction and prison sentence, and life in Washington, D.C. He is working on a series of critical essays that explore the impact of cultural memory and trauma in regards to poetry and a memoir, “Father Forgive Me.”

Presidential Politics

Joshua Sandman, Ph.D., professor of political science, has done extensive research on the American presidency. He can discuss presidential politics, presidential elections and presidential behavior, especially during a crisis, and can offer comparisons of one president to another. He can also comment on political parties and the electoral process.


W. Amory Carr, Ph.D., an assistant professor of psychology, has done research on criminal recidivism and community care. He can discuss correctional adaptation and the relationship between criminal cognition and psychopathy.

Relativity, Gravity, Cosmology and Black Holes

Nikodem Poplawski, Ph.D., is a lecturer in mathematics and physics. His research interest is in the nature of gravity and space time, the origin and composition of the universe, the origin of fields and particles and quantum gravity. His research focuses on how gravity with spin and torsion can solve fundamental problems in cosmology and explain the nature of black holes.  

Russian History

Bradley Woodworth, Ph.D., a lecturer in global studies, can discuss the Russian Empire and the history of the Baltic region. 

Social Media, Music Promotion, Prison Communication

Elizabeth Christian, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of communication teaching journalism and strategic communication courses. A former reporter and public relations professional, she has written about music promotion, social media and Internet communications.  She is the editor of the award-winning Rock Brands: Selling Sound in a Media Saturated Culture (Lexington, 2011) and the author of a companion yearlong nationally awarded blog on music marketing published by Rowman & Littlefield. Her other professional research includes work in prison communication, popular culture and literary journalism. She also hosts a weekly radio program, Rock & Rhetoric, on WNHU 88.7.  She is working on a book “Reading, Writing and Rabble-Rousing: Willie Morris, A Good Old Editor” about Morris, a writer/editor who often wrote about the American South and author of the book “North Toward Home.”  Christian is doing research on prison communication and prison journalism.    

Spanish Medieval History

Paulette L. Pepin, Ph.D., is an associate professor and the chair for the division of humanities and social sciences. An expert on Spanish medieval history, she is researching and writing a biography of María de Molina (1259-1321), a queen and regent for the Kingdom of Castile-León.

Strategic Decision-Making

Matthew Schmidt, Ph.D., is a dual appointee in political science and criminal justice. His research focuses on strategic decision-making. He is finishing a book on using methodologies from design for decision-making under conditions of extreme uncertainty for Wiley/Jossey-Bass. Schmidt is an expert on Russia, Ukraine and military strategy related to those countries. In 2012 he was named #22 on FastCompany Magazine's list of the top 100 Most-Creative People in Business for his work linking creative design methodologies to strategic planning. His work has appeared in, Military Review, Review of Politics, and Demokratizatsiya. Schmidt founded the "Matters Military" blog at the Georgetown Journal of International Affairs. Schmidt  taught military operations planning and political science at the U.S. Army's School of Advanced Military Studies before joining UNH. Schmidt holds a Ph.D. in government from Georgetown University and an M.A. in Russian studies from the University of Kansas.

Teachers and Retention

Amanda BozackPh.D., is a psychologist whose research focuses on understanding how the perceptions and experiences of pre-service and novice teachers impact retention, attrition and teaching practices.


Teacher Preparation, Gender Issues in Schools

Nancy Niemi, Ph.D., is an associate professor and chair of the Department of Education. Her expertise includes schooling, teacher preparation and certification, and social justice curriculum in schools.

Urban Societies and Social Psychology

Jeffrey S. Debies-Carl, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of sociology. He specializes in the sub-disciplines of urban sociology and social psychology.  He can discuss punk rock and society; physical space impacts on behavior; and social behavior in cities. His scholarly interests focus on the application of the sociological imagination and perspective, as well as the interrelationship of social forces and individual agency to study the design of environments.

Writing and Speaking Techniques

David E.E. Sloane, Ph.D., has dual appointments as professor of English and education. His expertise includes power writing, power speaking, power conferencing and applied linguistics. He is the great grandson of Thomas Edison and is writing a biography about Edison’s daughter. In addition to consulting with Fortune 500 companies on writing and speaking, Sloane is a frequent national and international speaker on Edison, Mark Twain and American humor. He is also the author of several books and numerous articles.

Workplace Romance

Amy Nicole Salvaggio, Ph.D., associate professor, is a psychologist who has written on workplace romance, sexism and its role in hiring decisions, and the effects of personality on management.

Workplace Stress, Employee Morale

Stuart SidlePh.D., is an associate professor and director of the industrial/organizational psychology program. His expertise includes workplace stress, leadership development, employee morale, supervisor-employee relations and emotional resistance to organizational change efforts.  He often runs workshops for business executives and specializes in change management and human resources management. 

World Music, Music and Identity

Michael Kaloyanides, Ph.D., is the chair of the Division of Performing Arts and the Department of Music. He studies rural and urban music in Greece and Turkey, and has recorded albums of Greek and Turkish folk music for Lyrichord Records. He has served as a field evaluator for the National Endowment for the Arts, has published in the Journal of The Society for Ethnomusicology, and Essays in Arts and Sciences, and authored material for the New Grove Dictionary of Music in the United States. He has directed student research in traditional and popular music in more than 30 countries on five continents. He received his doctoral degree in ethnomusicology from Wesleyan University.



Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences

Adult and Juvenile Criminal Justice, Probation

William H. Carbone is the senior lecturer and director of Experiential Education at the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Science. He teaches courses at the undergraduate and graduate levels in various aspects of the juvenile and adult criminal justice systems and directs the College’s internship, service learning, Coop and other experiential learning programs.  In addition, he directs the Tow Institute for Youth Justice, a new initiative intended to provide expanded curriculum, research and evaluation opportunities for faculty and students in child protection and juvenile justice. Carbone was formerly the executive director of the Court Support Services Division (CSSD) of the Connecticut Judicial Branch.  He directed and managed more than 1,600 employees involved with adult and juvenile probation, family services, juvenile detention, alternative sanctions and pretrial release.Carbone directed numerous projects that successfully reduced offender recidivism among the probation population; in addition, he led a multi-year effort to reform the state’s juvenile justice system which resulted in Connecticut achieving the greatest reduction in juvenile incarceration in the United States.

Antitrust Law, Regulation, Telecommunications.

Karen Redlich, J.D., is a practitioner in residence in legal studies. She specializes in administrative law, antitrust law, and lobbying laws. She studies the role of regulation in addressing societal problems and the impact of politics on this process.

Arson, Sprinkler Systems, Fire Suppression

Sorin Iliescu, Ed.D., assistant professor and chair of the fire science and professional studies department, is a fire protection engineer and an expert on fire protection hydraulics, fire chemistry, special hazards control and fire suppression systems.

Cold Cases, Trace Evidence

Virginia Maxwell, D. Phil., an associate professor of forensic science, is an expert on cold cases and on the use of microscopy and instrumental techniques for the forensic examination of trace evidence such as paint, fibers, soil, etc.

Computer Hacking, National Security, Counter-terrorism policy

Jibey Asthappan, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in criminal justice and is the director of the National Security program. As a former Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) technician, his expertise is in counter-terrorism and incident response.  In addition, Dr. Asthappan conducts research and provides education in cyber security and forensic computer investigations.  

Crime Scene Analysis

Peter Massey is a former detective for the Hamden, Conn. Department of Police Services, where he earned four letters of recognition, eight certificates of commendation and two unit citations.  He retired in 2003 to become the coordinator for the National Crime Scene Training and Technology Center at the Henry C. Lee Institute of Forensic Science. He is also a forensic science lecturer in the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences and a candidate for a Ph.D. in criminal justice.

Criminal Investigation, Terrorist Groups, Homeland Security 

Richard Ward, D.Crim, is associate vice president for special programs and sponsored research and a professor of criminal justice.  A former New York City police detective  and former dean of the Lee College, who has written extensively on criminal investigation, homeland security and terrorist groups, Ward can offer perspective on how specific terror groups are organized and act as well as  how their tactics shift over time.

Crime Prevention, Shoplifting, Employee Theft

Brian T. Smith, Ph.D., has experience in situational crime prevention as both a police officer in northern New Jersey and a store detective. His research interests include crime opportunity and situational crime prevention, retail theft and shoplifting, and the abuse of pharmaceuticals.

Crisis Management, National Security Intelligence, Counterterrorism

Kenneth Gray, M.P.S. teaches classes in criminal investigations and advanced investigative techniques. Gray is also the coordinator of the undergraduate national security studies program. Gray served as an FBI Special Agent for 24 years conducting investigations in national security matters, counterterrorism, and computer intrusions.  In 2001, he initiated the Connecticut Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), and served as the Connecticut JTTF coordinator from 2001 to 2007. Gray was a New Haven Division crisis management coordinator from 2002 to 2012, and the lead crisis management coordinator from 2007 to 2010.


Susan Traudt, former director of academic services for the information technology department at UNH, is a lecturer in computer forensics. She has a strong computer science background and is working on a Ph.D. in criminal justice.  She can discuss cybercrime, cyber security, malware and other malicious computer codes.

Cyber Security, Computer Forensics

Frank Breitinger, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of computer science. His research interests are cyber security, hash functions, approximate matching, computer forensics, and similarity metrics.

Cyber Terrorism

William Tafoya, Ph.D., , is director of research for the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, director of the National Security Program and coordinator of the forensic computer investigation program. He spent 20 years as a special agent in the Federal Bureau of Investigation and worked as a digital forensics analyst at Computer Sciences Corp.  He has published extensively on intrusion detection and international terrorism and is interested in analytical (software) tools in intelligence studies, as well as behavioral assessments of computer criminals. He is a nationally recognized expert on cyber-terrorism. He also has studied Al Qaeda and has published research about Osama Bin Laden.  Tafoya is well known for the accuracy of his 1993 profile of the Unabomber, completed two years before Theodore Kaczynski was arrested.


Effect of Poverty and Mental Health on Crime

Maria Tcherni, Ph.D. is an assistant professor of criminal justice who studies the causes of violence and homicide, such as poverty, education and family structure, as well as the interplay of these factors with risky behaviors, child abuse and neglect, mental health issues and life valuation.

Evidence Collection and Analysis, Crime Scene Processing

Peter Valentin was a major crime squad detective with the Connecticut State Police before joining UNH as a lecturer. While a state police detective, he worked on more than 500 major crime scenes, including the Annie Le case in New Haven. He is a law enforcement rescue specialist with the Connecticut Urban Search and Rescue and a member of the Disaster Mortuary Operational Response Team and the Weapons of Mass Destruction Team of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  He can talk about evidence collection and analysis, crime scene reconstruction, blood splatter, bullet trajectories and recovery of human remains. As a detective, forensic scientist and crime scene investigator, he can comment on a case from an investigative and forensic point of view. He believes that problems often arise in cases where there is a misunderstanding about the evidence and how analysis of it affects the case. Detectives usually knew little about the science and can misinterpret the results, while lab personnel have little understanding of how the evidence actually integrates into a case and, therefore, are unable to offer insight as to what examinations would be most appropriate. He can discuss both angles.

False Confessions, Witness Interrogation

Fadia Narchet, Ph.D., is assistant chair of the criminal justice department. She is interested in racial identity and prejudice and the psychology of interrogations and confessions.  She can discuss false confessions, witness interrogation and violence against women.

Forensic Biology and Forensic Botany

Heather Coyle, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the forensic science department and a specialist in forensic biology and forensic botany. Her expertise is in the identification of body fluids, DNA testing and the characterization of plant forensic evidence. She is creating a DNA registry of marijuana plants to aid in the prosecution of drug cases.

Forensic Psychology/ Juvenile Justice

 Kendell L. Coker, Ph.D., J.D., is an assistant professor of clinical psychology with a specialization in forensic psychology. He completed a postdoctoral fellowship at Northwestern University through the Cook County Juvenile Court Clinic. He served as a council member on the Juvenile Defense Resource Institute at Northwestern University School of Law, which was a project designed to strategize ways to reduce recidivism and improve legal representation of juveniles involved in the criminal justice system. Dr. Coker also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Yale University Department of Psychiatry's Forensic Drug Diversion Program. 

Homeland Security, Emergency Management

Wayne Sandford is a former fire chief of the city of Waterbury and the former deputy commissioner of homeland security for the State of Connecticut. The head of the UNH emergency management master’s degree program, he has published fire service training manuals and a history of the East Haven fire department.

Homicide Investigation, Use of DNA Evidence

David Schroeder, Ph.D., is a former investigator who is an expert on DNA evidence in homicide investigations and homicide clearance. He has studied homicide clearance rates in New York City and is working on a study of clearance rates in burglaries, assaults, sexual assaults, homicides and robbery cases in Connecticut.

Human Trafficking, Victim Awareness

Mario Gaboury, Ph.D., J.D., dean of the Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences, is an expert on global human trafficking, as well as victim awareness and restorative justice.

Law and Mental Health

James Cassidy, Ph.D., director of the criminal justice program, is the former director of the Whiting Forensic Institute. He is an associate professor and director of the UNH Center for Forensic Psychology.  His research focuses on the interface between the mental health system and the criminal justice system.  He has conducted studies on the impact of treatment modalities and evaluating training programs to help police better deal with mentally ill persons.

Policing and Gender, Criminal Justice Administration 

Anne Li Kringen, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of criminal justice. Her research interests include policing, gender in the criminal justice system, organizational policy, criminal justice administration, and environmental criminology. She was formerly a police officer in Alexandria Va.  

Restorative Justice

Donna Decker Morris, J.D., director of the legal studies program, is an expert on dispute resolution, restorative justice and juvenile offenders.

Sexual Assault 

Tracy Tamborra, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice, is a former director of domestic violence services center in New Jersey. She studies assault/abuse, domestic violence, sexual assault/abuse and the effects of the criminal justice system on women, persons of color, persons affected by poverty and other traditionally marginalized groups.

Stalking, Violence against Women

Leila B. Dutton, Ph.D., assistant professor of criminal justice, is an expert in testing theories to explain why people engage in unwanted pursuit and stalking. She also studies effective victim responses to stalking. She is a member of the editorial board of the journal, “Partner Abuse.”


Robert H. Powers, Ph.D.,, a Diplomate of the American Board of Forensic Toxicologistsis an associate professor who teaches both graduate and undergraduate level forensics classes. Dr. Powers is a board-certified Forensic Toxicologist who has directed several toxicology and controlled substances laboratories, and is an active consultant in both criminal and civil cases. Dr. Powers can comment on current drugs of abuse, their effects and the testing thereof, DUI issues, including breath alcohol testing, and the role that that drugs and alcohol may have played in forensic cases, including Drug-Facilitated Sexual Assault, impairment and death cases.

Transnational Organized Crime and Terrorism

Vesna Markovic, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of criminal justice and national security.  She is also the assistant dean of the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice and Forensic Sciences.  Her areas of specialization include suicide bombings, financing terrorism and  transnational organized criminal groups and crimes. She has a Ph.D. in criminal justice from Sam Houston University.

Underage Drinking, Welfare Fraud, Housing Law

Susan Marcu Naide,J.D., a practitioner-in-residence in the criminal justice department, is a former deputy assistant state’s attorney. For 25 years she worked on housing cases, welfare fraud and drunk driving cases.  She worked on a number of programs to reduce underage drinking on college campuses and trained police about prosecution of underage drinking cases.

White Collar Crime, Public Corruption, Bank Robberies, Terrorism

Michael Clark, lecturer in the criminal justice department, spent more than 22 years in the Federal Bureau of Investigation, where he worked on bank robberies, health care fraud and drug cases. He also specialized in public corruption and worked on cases involving the mayors of Waterbury and Bridgeport, the Connecticut state treasurer, and former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland. Also an expert on terrorism, he was in charge of the FBI’s special operations group at the 2002 Special Olympics in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was an instructor on financial crimes and ethics in law enforcement at the International Law Enforcement Academy in Budapest, Hungary, and he has earned numerous awards and commendations, most notably the U.S. Attorney Award for Investigative Excellence.

After his retirement from the FBI in 2004, Clark worked for seven years as senior manager of investigations and security for Otis Elevator, a division of United Technologies Corporation.  His work involved the safety of 60,000 employees in 190 countries.



College of Business

Anti-trust, Domestic and International Competition policy, Deregulation and Privatization

A.E. Rodriguez, Ph.D., associate professor of economics and associate dean of the college of business, has a B.S. in chemical engineering and a economics, both from the University of Texas at Austin.  He began his career at DuPont, where he worked with mustard gas. Rodríguez is an expert in domestic and international competition policy, deregulation and privatization. He has conducted numerous advisory missions to assist foreign competition agencies. He has also assisted in privatization and deregulation efforts on behalf of several multilateral institutions, including the U.S. Agency for International Development, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Asian Development Bank. He has worked in Honduras, Peru, Venezuela, Mexico, Mozambique and Indonesia. The author of a book and numerous articles in both Spanish and English about anti-trust laws, he has also worked for the Federal Trade Commission, PricewaterhouseCoopers and KPMG. He is an expert on behavioral decision theory.

Business ethics, business law, human resource management

David A. Robinson, J.D., is a practitioner-in-residence in the management department. He can comment on business ethics, business law, and human resource management. 

Business Innovation, B to B marketing, Supply Chains

Subroto Roy, Ph.D., professor of marketing and quantitative analysis, specializes in business innovation, business to business marketing and supply chains. Before joining academia, Roy was head of marketing and sales of Tetra Pak in Sweden and served on the National Dairy Development Board of India .He taught, researched and consulted in Australia and Singapore before moving to the U.S.  Roy’s consulting website and blog can be viewed at He is on the editorial board of three scholarly journals, a Certified Professional in Supply Management (CPSM) and a CPSM trainer. He is a former president of the Institute for Supply Management and a vice president of the Collegiate Chapter of the American Marketing Association in Connecticut.

Chinese Investments, Teaching Finance

Gregory Blosick, Ph.D., is a lecturer in finance who studies investments and finance in China. His research interests lie in technical and fundamental modeling of securities trading and analysis and pedagogical enhancements of financial curriculum using technology. Blosick is director of the Connecticut Chapter of the American Association of Individual Investors (AAII) and has served as leader of the AAII Special Interest Group on Computerized Investing.  

College Sports, Sports and Society  

Allen Sack, Ph.D., is director of the Institute for Sport Management and professor of sport management. His areas of expertise include the role of sport in higher education (social, economic and educational impacts), the relationship between sport, culture and society (race relations, sport and politics, gender and ethical issues, and sport and the economy) and general issues in sport management (marketing, promotion and sponsorship). Sack earned his undergraduate degree from the University of  Notre Dame in 1967 where he played on Ara Parseghian’s 1966 National Championship football team.  He is president-elect of the Drake Group, a faculty organization committed to academic standards in collegiate sport.

Consumer Satisfaction and Behavior

Juline Mills, Ph.D., professor of hospitality and tourism, is an expert on Internet-mediated communications and how they affect consumer satisfaction and behavior, particularly in the travel, lodging and food service industries. She is knowledgeable on electronic surveying methodologies, website usability testing, and on-line legal and ethical issues.

Corporate Performance, Business Evaluation 

 Alireza Daneshfar, Ph.D., is an associate professor of business. He has published and presented research studies in accounting related to business evaluation, corporate performance assessment, and new investment feasibility, use of financial statements information, accounting system evaluation and accounting education.

Developmental Economics, Economics and Public Policy

Kamal Upadhyaya, Ph.D., is the chair of the economics department and an expert on international and developmental economics and economics and public policy. A former employee of the United Nations, his research focus is applied econometrics and public choice.  

Economics of Sports, Economics of Hockey

Kevin Mongeon, Ph.D., assistant professor of sport management, specializes in the economics of sports. He is the owner of The Sports Analytics Institute, a company that uses economics, data-mining and statistics to model the underlying processes of sporting events, and he was an analyst at Niagara Fallsview Casino Resorts in Niagara Falls, N.Y. He has developed predictive models for the success of hockey players and consulted with the industry.

Emerging Markets, Asian Markets

George Haley, Ph.D., is an expert on e-marketing and emerging markets in Singapore and China. He is knowledgeable about the Connecticut economy and the linkages between local and international markets. The director of the Center for International Industry Competitiveness, he is an expert on international business and trade in Asian and emerging markets. His book, “The Chinese Tao of Business: The Logic of Successful Business Strategy,” was recommended by the Wall Street Journal as “the only book on Asian business to buy.”  He is the author of “New Asian Emperors: The Business Strategies of the Overseas Chinese” and co-author of a marketing textbook.

Ethical Business Practices, Discrimination

David Robinson, J.D., has more than 34 years of experience in labor and employment law, criminal justice administration and business ethics. He has practiced law in Connecticut and Massachusetts and is a practitioner-in-residence at UNH, where he teaches courses covering business and society, communications and law, and criminal procedure. He is the author of the 2009 book, “Prevent Discrimination in the Workplace: A Practical, Inspirational Guide for Employers.” 

Financial Markets, Global and Domestic Economy, Investment Management

Robert Rainish, Ph.D., professor of economics, has expertise in financial markets, global and domestic economy, and investment management. He can discuss the economic issues in the EuroZone, the debt ceiling, various financial instruments and other topics related to investment management.  He can also discuss the effect of 9/11 on the U.S. economy and traces the country’s current economic problems back to 9/11. He predicts that another large-scale terrorist attack would devastate the economy.

Economic Forecasting, Time Series Econometrics

Richard Highfield, Ph.D., professor of economics and former dean of the College of Business, has researched monetary economics, forecasting and decision making, and time series econometrics.

Governments Budgeting, Personnel Management

Charles Coleman, M.P.A. has worked for the federal government, as well as county and municipal governments in many administrative capacities. He has served as a consultant to local governments in budgetary and personnel management matters.

Global Marketing, Business Ethics

Cheng Lu Wang, Ph.D., is professor and chair of the Department of Marketing and Quantitative Analysis, and a University Research Scholar. Wang’s research focuses on international marketing and consumer behavior. He is well-recognized for his expertise on the Chinese market. He has published more than 50 papers in major journals and is the editor of the “Handbook of Contemporary Marketing in China: Theories and Practices” (2010).

Information Systems

Ted Markowitz, Ph.D., is a Practitioner-in-Residence within the Department of Electrical & Computer Engineering and Computer Science (ECECS). Prior to joining UNH, he worked in in information systems at American Express, Xerox, and Netscape/AOL, in addition to functioning as chief architect with a Connecticut-based technology start-up firm that was a sibling company to His expertise includes the design, development and deployment of information systems for both small businesses and large multinational corporations, web-based software application architecture, human-computer interfaces (HCI), and Artificial Intelligence (AI) systems.

Marketing and Communications

Ben Judd, Ph.D., is associate dean in the College of Business and professor of marketing. He has extensive knowledge in marketing and public relations, particularly in China and Japan, and has studied shopping mall images and attitudes toward nudity in advertising.

Management, Sales, Sale Management

Tony Carter, MBA, JD, Ph.D., professor of management, is an expert on strategy, business performance, and globalization in the corporate sector and for small businesses.  He has written seven books and a number of journal articles in these areas, including sales management.

Production and Manufacturing Systems

M. Ali Montazer, Ph.D., is the associate dean for student affairs and professor of industrial engineering. His research includes simulation modeling of production and manufacturing systems and business operations, statistical methods and lean / Six Sigma initiatives. He has worked on lean and simulation modeling projects with the Bilco Company, Consolidated Industries, Valley Tool & Manufacturing, Remington Products Company, and Unilever in Clinton, Conn.

Quantitative Analysis, Application of Technology to Finance and Securities Issuance

Demissew Diro Ejara, Ph.D., associate professor of finance and director of the Bergami Learning Center for Finance and Technology has extensive teaching experience in the areas of corporate finance, international finance, investments, financial markets and institutions and capital budgeting.  His research covers securities issuance, financial markets integration, portfolio performance evaluation and the  impact of special events on performance.  He has written research papers on American Depositary Receipts, corporate and municipal bonds issuance, European equity markets integration, portfolio performance evaluation and exchange rate impact on investments.   He has expertise in the application of technology to financial analysis such as quantitative analysis, risk analysis, project evaluation, financial planning and investment performance evaluation. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut.

Small Business and the Community, Leadership Style

Abbas Nadim, Ph.D., professor of management, is an expert on systems theory. He has written on such topics as employee relations in small businesses, the role of small businesses in community development, strategic decision making amid market turbulence and leadership style.

Social Media, Marketing

Joshua Moritz is an adjunct professor of marketing and the senior vice president of interactive, e-commerce and social media at Creative Partners, a communications firm in Stamford.  He has been developing branding, social media strategies and interactive campaigns for more than 25 years and has worked at Kenyon and Eckhardt, Young & Rubicon, Wunderman, and Muldoon Direct. He also started two agencies, DMTG and Customer Growth. He has also been chief marketing officer for several start-up Internet companies. His product experience includes packaged goods, financial services, education, energy, industrial, government and non-profits. He has used media ranging from TV, radio and print to e-mail, direct mail, online and offline catalogs, websites and web advertising, social media, search engine optimization, trade shows and events, and public relations.

Sport Facility and Event Management

Kimberly L Mahoney, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in sport management. She has more than 20 years of experience in various aspects of the sport and entertainment industry, including the management of public assembly venues and event management.

Sports Law, Sports Finance

Gil Fried, J.D., is professor and chair of the sport management department.  He specializes in sports law, risk management, sports finance, sports facility management, employment law and ethical business conduct. He was a sports law attorney and has represented numerous large and small sports facilities. He regularly consults and has appeared as an expert witness in some of the largest sport/concert injury-related cases over the last 20 years. His current research focuses on crowd management safety with an examination of alcohol management, industry standards and fan protection.  

Supply Chain, Social Networks

Ahmet Ozkul, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the department of marketing and qualitative analysis. His research interests include supply chain management, information systems, and social networks. He has also conducted research on the educational use of technology. 




Tagliatela College of Engineering

Air Pollution

W. David Harding, Ph.D., professor and chair of the Department of Chemical Engineering, is a registered professional engineer and a chemical engineer whose professional experience includes process engineering in the chemical manufacturing industry and project engineering in the environmental remediation industry. He has developed graduate courses on air pollution and multidisciplinary engineering curricula for undergraduate students.

Biofilms, Nanomaterials

Shannon Ciston, Ph.D., assistant professor, is a multidisciplinary engineer whose research interests include biofilms and the environmental impacts of nano materials, the use of advanced oxidation for water purification and engineering education.

Chemical Sensors

Nancy Ortins Savage, Ph.D., is an associate professor of chemical engineering. She is researching chemical sensors and developing composites of metal oxides and conducting polymers for detecting organic vapors. She also directs the Engineering and Science Summer Experience for Young Women, a weeklong science and engineering program for grades eight through 10.

Computer Networking

Amir Esmailpour, Ph.D. is an assistant professor in electrical and computer engineering and computer science and previously was a postdoctoral fellow at the department of electrical and computer engineering (ECE) in the University of Toronto in Canada. At UNH, he is conducting research on the 4th Generation (4G) of wireless networks such as Long Term Evolution advanced (LTE-a) and Worldwide Interoperability for Microwave Access (WiMAX, IEEE 802.16-m).  Dr. Esmailpour's research interests include various areas of networking and wireless communications, such as routing, mobility, radio resource management, and quality of service for LTE-a and WiMAX-2.

Cyber Forensics, Cyber Security

Ibrahim Baggili, Ph.D. is the head of the Cyber Forensics Research & Education Group in the Tagliatela College of Engineering, a  think-tank for cyber forensic science and security research that provides investigative assistance for law enforcement, intelligence agencies and private corporations. Baggili, formerly  the director of the Advanced Cyber Forensics Research Laboratory) in the College of Technological Innovation at Zayed University in the United Arab Emirates, serves on the advisory board for a UK-based company that develops cyber security and digital forensics products, and is a co-founder of, an online cloud-based, real-time restaurant reservation engine for the Middle East. He and his students recently discovered vulnerabilities in both WHATSAPP and Viber software that affect millions of users and has resulted in news coverage worldwide in more than 11 languages. Baggili has a Ph.D. from Purdue University.

Engineering Education

Jean Nocito-Gobel, Ph.D., professor of civil and environmental engineering, has published on the development of project-based teaching methods and multidisciplinary curricula for engineering education.

Environmental Engineering, Hazardous Wastes

Agamemnon Koutsospyros, Ph.D., is a professor of environmental engineering. His research and expertise extend over a broad range of environmental issues related to the fate and transport of contaminants and the remedial processes for environmental control, including biodegradation, and physical and chemical treatment of municipal, industrial and hazardous wastes.  

Fiber Optics

Ali Golbazi, Ph.D., is a professor and chair of the department of electrical, computer engineering and computer sciences. His academic and research interests are in fiber optics, optical sensors, and electronics. He received his doctoral degree from Wayne State University in electrical engineering.

Green Chemistry , Biodiesel Fuel

Eddie Luzik, Ph.D., is department chair and an associate professor of chemistry. His research interests include studies of the properties and the synthesis of substituted polycyclic aromatic molecules, fluorinated molecules diffuse- sourced biofuels and green process chemistry.  Extensive use of gas chromatography, mass spectroscopy, and ultra violet / visible spectroscopy instrumentation facilitates his work.  His current research is targeted at green chemistry and biodiesel fuel. 

Integrative Materials Discovery

Dequan Xiao, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in chemistry and chemical engineering, and is directing the Laboratory for Integrative Materials Discovery. His research interests focus on using chemistry theories and computational chemistry to drive the discovery of optimum materials such as biomass catalysts, molecular drugs, and soft nanomaterials. He has expertise is in energy transfer, nonlinear optics, catalysis, and inverse molecular design. He has published 28 peer-reviewed articles and two book chapters and holds four patents.


Mechanical/Civil & Environmental Engineering

Emese Hadnagy, Ph.D., is a professor of civil engineering specializing in environmental and water resources engineering. Her research focuses on environmental pollution prevention and hazard mitigation issues in water and related matrices.

Production Systems, Production Engineering

Ali Montazer, Ph.D., professor and associate dean of the Tagliatela College of Engineering, is an industrial engineer whose research and industry project interests include simulation modeling of production systems and business operations, statistical methods and Lean Six Sigma initiatives. He has taught production and operations research and management, statistical methods, ergonomics and simulation modeling, among other topics.

Robotics, Artificial Intelligence

Cheryl Li, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the department of mechanical industrial, systems and multidisciplinary engineering. She has a cross-disciplinary educational background in mechatronics engineering and educational psychology and has extensive research experience in mechatronics, robotics, control, engineering design, and artificial intelligence.

Robotics, Computer Architecture

Bijan Karimi, Ph. D., is a professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering. He has conducted research in computer architecture, artificial neural networks, fuzzy logic, image processing, digital logic testing and robotics.

Structural Engineering

Byungik Chang, Ph.D., is an associate professor of civil engineering. His research is in structural engineering, wind engineering, and renewable energy. His doctoral research focused on the unexpected failure of slender light poles.

Structural engineering

Luiz C.M. Vieira Jr., Ph.D., is a structural engineer who has been involved in the design of concrete and steel bridges as well as tilt-up industrial buildings, and structural health monitoring of grain storage structures. At Johns Hopkins University, where he earned his Ph.D., he completed four years of research on sheathed braced-wall studs. His research concluded with a new design method for sheathed braced-wall studs, which is a significant improvement over former design methods, both conceptually and in terms of strength prediction.

Sustainable Engineering

Can B. Aktas, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and the program coordinator for the sustainability studies program.  He completed his doctoral degree in sustainability and green design in Civil and Environmental Engineering at the University of Pittsburgh. His expertise is in sustainable engineering, green infrastructure, and life cycle assessment.  


Crime Prevention, Shoplifting, Employee Theft 

Brian T. Smith, Ph.D., has experience in situational crime prevention as both a police officer in northern New Jersey and a store detective. His research interests include crime opportunity and situational crime prevention, retail theft and shoplifting, and the abuse of pharmaceuticals.
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