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The Department of Economics and Business offers majors in economics, management, international management, and accounting, building in each student a foundation for sound decision making and ethical, public-minded practice. With this preparation, graduates find employment as managers, loan officers, securities brokers, underwriters, public and private accountants and financial planners.
Students may qualify for membership in Omicron Delta Epsilon, the international economics honor society. They may participate in numerous clubs related to economics and business, including the Accounting Club, the Economics & Business Club, the Moravian College Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA), and the Amrhein Investment Club, which manages a fund of over $1,000,000.
SONIA N. AZIZ
Assistant Professor of Economics
EDUCATION: B.A. & M.Sc., University of Texas at Austin; Ph.D., University of Maine
INTERESTS: Dr. Aziz's most recent research involves valuation of arsenic in drinking water in rural Bangladesh. Her scholarship primarily involves Environmental Economics with a focus on Health Economics. Dr. Aziz's research focuses on valuation of health and other non-market goods (environmental goods) by looking at human behavior in response to potential health and environmental risks, and the impact of that behavior on the outcomes experienced. She is particularly interested in risk mitigating actions taken by individuals in highly resource constrained economies and most of her field work is based in developing countries. Dr. Aziz has an interdisciplinary background in the natural as well as the social sciences and is part of the Environmental Studies program at Moravian College. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KATIE P. DESIDERIO
Assistant Professor of Management
EDUCATION: Education: B.A., MBA, Wilkes University; Ph.D., Barry University
INTERESTS: Holding a doctorate in leadership with a specialization in human resource development, Dr. Desiderio’s teaching interests include Management & Organizational Theory, Organizational Behavior & Leadership, Marketing, Happiness, and Human Resource Management. She is the advisor of the Moravian College Economics & Business Club, Alpha Sigma Tau Sorority, and co-advisor for the student chapter of the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). As per her current research is in the area of flow, finding happiness to optimize performance at work and organizational citizenship behaviors, she has been able to share her work to encourage the interests of students. After working for several years in corporate marketing, Dr. Desiderio is excited to be able to share her knowledge and experience with students in a career where she has found the essence of embracing flow at work. Aside from her passion for teaching and scholarship, she enjoys long-distance running and quality time with friends and family. Dr. Desiderio can be reached at email@example.com.
Associate Professor of Management
EDUCATION: B.S., University of Illinois at Urbana; MBA, Averett College; M.A. & Ph.D., University of Maryland at College Park
INTERESTS: Primary interests are in market research and direct marketing. Research interests include adaptive marketing strategies, the psychology of the market, and all aspects of marketing and decision sciences. Outside of teaching and marketing, Dr. Kaskowitz’s interests include photography, scouting, and theatre. He also enjoys coaching and playing with his children, Sara and Eric.
EVA MARIKOVA LEEDS
Associate Professor of Economics and Business
EDUCATION: B.A., Michigan State University; M.A. and Ph.D., Princeton University
INTERESTS: Sports economics, economic development, event studies, financial markets, mortgage banking, Czech privatization and transition. Dr. Leeds was a Fulbright Lecturer at the Prague School of Economics in 1991 and an advisor to the minister of the economy in the Czech Republic in 1994-95. She was a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan in 2006-7 and a visiting associate professor at Temple University Japan in Tokyo in 2007-9.
SANTO D. MARABELLA
Professor of Management
EDUCATION: B.S., Villanova University; M.B.A., St. Joseph University; D.S.W., University of Pennsylvania
INTERESTS: Strategic management using scenario-building and organizational visioning; management of teams; the development of not-for-profit boards of directors of public housing authorities and community organizations.
LINDA L. RAVELLE
Associate Professor of Economics and Business
EDUCATION: B.A., Pennsylvania State University; M.B.A., Ph.D., Lehigh University
INTERESTS: Corporate and public finance, economic theory, and investments. Dr. Ravelle’s most recent research focuses on the effect of public pension funding on municipal bond ratings. Advisor to the Amrhein Investment Fund.
JOHN D. ROSSI III
Associate Professor of Accounting
EDUCATION: B.A., LaSalle University; M.B.A., Moravian College; CPA/PFS, CMA, CFM, CFP, CVA
INTERESTS: Professor Rossi is a frequent presenter at workshops and continuing professional education programs. These speaking engagements are extensive and include presentations on technical as well as tax and financial planning issues to a variety or professional organizations. His research interests include financial accounting standards, taxation, business valuation, not-for-profit organizations and financial planning. He is the advisor for the Moravian College Student Chapter of the Institute of Management Accountants (IMA). Professor Rossi also assists students in finding internship and field study opportunities.
Assistant Professor of Economics and Business
EDUCATION: B.S., M.S., Ph.D., Lehigh University
INTERESTS: Dr. Terrizzi has teaching and research experience in the fields of economics and information systems. Her teaching experience includes: Principles of Economics; Money, Banking, and Financial Markets; Health Economics; Labor Economics; Industrial Organization; Statistical Methods; and Accounting Information Systems. Dr. Terrizzi's research experience includes applied microeconomic analysis of: healthcare system implementations; the quantity-quality tradeoff of family size; peer effects of sorority membership on eating behaviors; and prescription drug usage, costs, and benefits. She leverages past industry experience as an Information and Systems Engineer, and current research interests as an Applied Economist, to provide an enhanced learning environment to students.
BARBARA M. VINCIGUERRA
Assistant Professor of Accounting
EDUCATION: B.S., The Pennsylvania State University; M.B.A., Temple University; Ph.D., Drexel University; CPA, Pennsylvania
INTERESTS: Teaching interests include Financial Accounting, Cost Accounting, and Auditing. Research interests include judgment and decision making behavior in accounting and auditing contexts and factors influencing auditor independence. Dr. Vinciguerra worked as a finance manager in the pharmaceutical industry and as a certified public accountant to clients in the financial services and healthcare industries. She is active in professional associations, including the American Accounting Association and the Institute of Management Accountants.
JAMES P. WEST
Professor of Economics and Business; Chair of the Department of Economics and Business
EDUCATION: B.S., Marquette University; M.Comm., University of Poona; M.B.A., Ph.D., Lehigh University
INTERESTS: The role of financial markets in national and international economic development, issues in international management. Dr. West has served as a consultant to foundations and government organizations. Dr. West received the Lindback Award for Distinguished Teaching in 1994 and was a Fulbright Scholar in 1996.