The broad focus of my academic interests is the formation, evolution, and implementation of economic policy. I am particularly intrigued by the role economic and political institutions play for economic growth and development. While my doctoral studies focused on this role in the context of developing countries, my current interests are centered on the role of institutions and policy making in the context of advanced, developed economies. My most recent research concerns international trade policy and the formation and impacts of regional trading agreements. Most recently, I have also been interested in the analysis and development of the teaching of economics.
I joined the Economics and Finance Department of Manhattan College as an assistant professor, in 2009. During my doctoral studies at Carleton University in Canada, I was a teaching assistant at the Sprott School of Business. Prior to that, I was a marketing engineer and representative for the medical devices division of the American multinational Johnson and Johnson. I love and find much joy in teaching and interacting with students. I have taught variety of courses, including international economics, introductory microeconomics and macroeconomics, the economics of public issues, money and banking, and intermediate microeconomics. Until 2018, I advised the Economics and Finance Society student club, the New York Society of Security Analysts (NYSSA) Student Chapter, and the Relay for Life committee.
I am a runner and like to participate in races from the 5K to the marathon, many of them raising awareness and funds for variety of social causes. My most favorite distance is the half marathon and I love to travel to different states to run that distance. It is an amazing way to discover the very many beauties of our country.
PHD, Carleton University
MA, Carleton University
ECON 203 Principles and Policies I: Microeconomics
ECON 204 Principles and Policies II: Macroeconomics
"Exploring Academic Coolaborative Opportunities between Two Lasallian Colleges and their Potential Impact." ( with S. BuShell, M. El-Hakim, C. Gomez-Restrepo, J. Gonzalez-Ramirez, V. Lopez, M. Michel, and B. Wilkins). AXIS: Journal of Lasallian Higher Education 11, no. 1 (Saint Mary's University of Minnesota: 2020)
"Can partible inheritance explain land fragmentation? The case of Bulgaria." Agrarian South: Journal of Political Economy. Vol 6 (3), December 2017: 334-353.
"Overhauling NAFTA: Implications for Canadian Trade Policy." In How Ottawa Spends: Canada @150, Eds. Graham K. and A. Maslove, October 2017: 32-45. Ottawa: Carleton University Press.
“Indirect returns and use of NPV in economic viability modeling of critical communications networks.” IEEE Communications Magazine, Volume 54, Issue 3 (March 2016): 38-43.
"Does Land Fragmentation Affect Land Productivity? Empirical Evidence from Bulgaria." Review of Agricultural and Environmental Studies, 94-3 (September 2013): 273-302.
"Land Fragmentation in Bulgaria: Reconsidering its Measurement and Extent." Review of European Studies, Vol. 5, No. 1 (March 2013): 99-109.
Review of The Long Divergence: How Islamic Law Held Back the Middle East, by Timur Kuran, Princeton University Press. The Journal of Socio-Economics, Vol. 41, No. 5 (Oct. 2012): 691-692.
“The Evolution of Bulgarian Land Tenure Institutions: an Application of the Social Conflict Theory.” Proceedings of the International Society for New Institutional Economics, 13th Annual Conference, University of California at Berkley, Walter A. Haas School of Business, June 2009.
“Conceptualizing Institutions and Organizations: A Critical Approach.” (With K. Topyan). Journal of Business & Economics Research (JBER). January 2007, Vol. 5, No. 1: 1–10.
“Understanding Dependence Structures of Random Variables in Financial Modelling by Using Copulas.” (With K. Topyan). Global Business & Economics Anthology, December 2007.
“Use of Copulas for Risk Measurement: Dependence, Correlation and Nonnormality.” (With K. Topyan). Global Business & Economics Anthology. December 2006: 106–112.
“Accelerated Mortgage Process: An Analytical Evaluation.” (with K. Topyan). International Business & Economics Research Journal (IBER). August 2006, Vol. 5, No. 8: 15–26