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Faculty Profiles

  • Martina Arndt

    Martina Arndt
    Professor of Physics; Economics Department Acting Chair 2018-19
    Science and Mathematics Center, Room 212
    Tel:
    508.531.2084

    Dr. Martina Arndt has been at BSU since 2000 and is a solar physicist who has traveled the world observing solar eclipses with her main collaborator, Dr. Shadia Habbal (see link below).  She earned her BA in astronomy from Wellesley College and her MS and PhD in physics at the University of New Hampshire.

    Dr. Arndt teaches both introductory and upper level physics and astronomy classes as well as interdepartmental courses like the Tools of Sports Science with colleagues in the Movement Arts, Health Promotion and Leisure Studies department.  She has earned two presidential awards for her teaching.  She is also a strong supporter and advocate for informal science education; she helped found an astronomy club at her daughter's elementary school and she has been instrumental in expanding the BSU observing facilities and public outreach.

    Dr. Arndt has been Principal Investigator on multiple grants funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF).  These funds have been used to cover travel to multiple eclipse sites (including Libya, China, Tatakoto, the Marshall Islands, Antigua, and South Africa), graduate and undergraduate course development, and undergraduate research.  Her students have engaged in research projects ranging from solar physics (funded by NSF) to variable stars (funded by the Adrian Tinsley Program) to exoplanets (funded by NASA Space Grants).

    In addition to her teaching and research responsibilities, Dr. Arndt served as department chair for six years and faculty associate in the dean's office for the Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics for two years. She is the BSU representative for the Massachusetts NASA Space Grant (see link below).  In fall 2013, she began her three-year term as co-coordinator for the Center for the Advancement of Research and Scholarship (CARS).

    Degrees

    BA, Wellesley College Astronomy
    MS, PhD, University of New Hampshire Physics

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  • Margaret Brooks

    Margaret Brooks
    Professor of Economics; Director, Center for Economic Education; Director, Financial Literacy Initiatives
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 100A
    Tel:
    508.531.2289

    Dr. Margaret Brooks is Professor of Economics at Bridgewater State University, where she has been employed as a full-time faculty member since 1984. She earned her AB, AM, and PhD degrees in Economics from Brown University in the 1980’s. 

    Dr. Brooks teaches a variety of Economics courses, including Sports Economics and Law and Economics. She is the Internship coordinator for the Economics Department, and she regularly supervises students’ internships and directed study projects. She served as the Chairperson of the Economics Department for three consecutive terms from 2003-2012. 

    Dr. Brooks has served as founding Director of the BSU Office of Financial Literacy Initiatives since 2015 and founding Director of the BSU Center for Economic Education since 1994. She organizes campus workshops on topics such as budgeting and investing. She also offers professional development workshops and conferences for K-12 teachers, and contributes to the leadership team for innovative student competitions such as the Global Economic Symposium. 

    Dr. Brooks has published numerous articles and materials on the assessment of Economics learning and the use of technology in higher education. Starting in the early 2000’s, she has been a leader in advocating for online learning. Dr. Brooks is currently conducting a financial literacy research project to assess the financial needs and interests of BSU students. She has served as principal investigator for over 40 external grants. 

    Since 2014, Dr. Brooks has served as President of two non-profits - RI Jump$tart Coalition and RI Council for Economic Education. She is a recognized national and regional speaker on financial literacy topics. She created and manages 10 Twitter accounts, with a combined total of over 30,000 followers. In 2016, Dr. Brooks was honored to receive the national EIFLE Educator of the Year Award, and in 2018 she was featured by Providence Business News for her exemplary leadership.

    Degrees

    BA, MA, PhD, Brown University

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  • Michael Jones

    Michael Jones
    Professor of Economics
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 100
    Tel:
    508.531.2240

    Dr. Michael Jones is a Professor of Economics at Bridgewater State University in Massachusetts. Prior to joining the faculty at the BSU in 2004, Dr. Jones was a Member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  He received his Ph.D. in economics from the University of New Mexico.

    Professor Jones’s teaching and research interests include undergraduate statistics, programming, econometrics, economic experiments, and microeconomics. He has introduced a new course designed to give analysts the programming skills necessary to manipulate large data sets known as “big data” and perform multivariate regressions. His research within the area of experimental economics includes individual behavior in markets, charitable giving, altruism, asymmetric information, and tax compliance.

    Dr. Jones has teamed with colleagues around the country to research various subjects using lab experiments. Those colleagues have conducted laboratory sessions using web-based applications developed by Dr. Jones. He has co-authored and published book chapters and articles in refereed academic journals based on laboratory data from these experiments. Dr. Jones has partnered with colleagues at several universities on projects funded by the US Forest Service, the IRS, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, the US Navy, and Flint Hills Resources in Alaska. In 2015 Dr. Jones and Dr. Tran successfully brought experimental economics to BSU by developing a mobile laboratory consisting of the necessary equipment to set up a 20 subject laboratory in less than an hour. The lab is being used for experiments on tax compliance in 2016 and a new research project on the principle-agent problem is nearly ready.

    In 2007 with funding from BSU’s External Affairs Dr. Jones developed the Project for Economic Data and Research, a web-based application providing economic data and analysis on the economy of southeastern Massachusetts.

    Degrees

    BA, MA, PhD, University of New Mexico

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  • Daniel Lomba

    Daniel Lomba
    Associate Professor of Economics
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 100
    Tel:
    508.531.2407
    Degrees

    BS, PhD, Northeastern University

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  • Quoc Tran

    Quoc Tran
    Assistant Professor of Economics
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 100
    Tel:
    508.531.2242
    Degrees

    BA, University of Oklahoma
    MS, PhD, University of Texas

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Emeriti Faculty Profiles

Part-time Faculty Profiles

  • Lord Andzie-Quainoo

    Lord Andzie-Quainoo
    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 100
    Tel:
    508.531.1716
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  • Ilter Bakkal

    Ilter Bakkal
    Part-time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 100
    Tel:
    508.531.1716
    Degrees

    BA, Academy of Economics and Commerce in Istanbul
    MBA, University of Istanbul
    MS, Florida International University
    MA, PhD, Northern Illinois University

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  • Albert Barnor

    Albert Barnor
    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 100
    Tel:
    508.531.1716
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  • George Guild

    Burrill Office Complex, Room 100
    Tel:
    508.531.1716
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  • Subhendu Roy

    Burrill Office Complex, Room 100
    Tel:
    508.531.1716
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  • Ahmad Saranjam

    Ahmad Saranjam
    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 100
    Tel:
    508.531.1716
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  • Madhavi Venkatesan

    Madhavi Venkatesan
    Part-Time Faculty; Research Fellow, Center for Economic Education
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 100
    Tel:
    508.531.1716

    Madhavi earned a PhD, MA, and BA in Economics from Vanderbilt University, a Masters in Sustainability and Environmental Management from Harvard University, and a Masters In Environmental Law and Policy from Vermont Law School. A recipient of a Fulbright Distinguished Lectureship (Philippines), she has contributed to numerous books and journal articles on the subject of sustainability and economics. Her present academic interests include the integration of sustainability into the economics curriculum.

    Prior to re-entering academics, Madhavi held senior level positions in investor relations for three Fortune 250 companies. In this capacity she was a key point of contact for investors and stakeholders and was instrumental in the development of socially responsible investing strategies and corporate social responsibility reporting. She started her financial services career after completing her post-doctoral fellowship at Washington University in St. Louis.

    Areas of Expertise

    Economics, Sustainability

    Degrees

    BA,MA, PhD, Vanderbilt University
    MA, Harvard University
    MELP, Vermont Law School

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  • Douglas Wilson

    Douglas Wilson
    Part-Time Faculty
    Burrill Office Complex, Room 100
    Tel:
    508.531.1716
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