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Faculty

Permanent Faculty
José J. Cao Alvira Alexander Núñez-Torres
Juan J. DelaCruz Nikolaos Papanikolaou
Vassilios Gargalas Chanoch Shreiber
Jose E. Gomez-Gonzalez Robert C. Utzinger
Mario Gonzalez-Corzo Hsien-Tseng Wang
Dene Hurley
Adjunct/Substitute Faculty
Richard Anderson Jason Gray
Quinn Brody Linda Njoh
Eva de Francisco Stephen Piraino
Carlos G. Elias James D. Walker
David Fischer  


Permanent Faculty

José J. Cao Alvira

Photo of Jose J. Cao AlviraOffice: Carman Hall, Room 368
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone: 718-960-8296
E-mail: jose.caoalvira@lehman.cuny.edu
Degrees and Sources of Degrees:
Ph.D., Cornell University
M.A., Cornell University
B.A., University of Puerto Rico

José Julián Cao Alvira is a Professor of Finance and Economics for Lehman College of The City University of New York. He obtained a Ph.D. from Cornell University, and also holds the Certified Financial Planner (CFP) and Financial Risk Manager (FRM) professional designations. He lectures graduate and undergraduate courses in Corporate Finance, Investments and Microeconomics at Lehman, and Financial Economics, Econometrics and Banking in a number of national and international institutions. He has obtained several important recognitions for his research, including a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award and a Sage Fellowship. Dr. Cao-Alvira has served as a visiting professor in several academic research centers, and as an economic and financial adviser to numerous public and private enterprises. Publications

Juan J. DelaCruz

Photo of Juan DelaCruzOffice: Carman Hall, Room 379
Office Hours: M&W by Appt.
Phone: 718-960-8159
E-mail: juan.delacruz2@lehman.cuny.edu
Degrees and Sources of Degrees:
Ph.D., M.A., M.Phil., New School of Social Research
B.A., National Autonomous University of Mexico

Dr. Juan J. DelaCruz is an Associate Professor of Economics and Business at Lehman College (Bronx, NY). He is the current Director of the CUNY Mexican Studies Institute (2021-2023), Faculty Affiliate at the CUNY Institute for Demographic Research, and Vice-President of Communications at the American Society for Hispanic Economists. He has actively participated in several professional development opportunities across the United States. He is a health economist by training who analyzes the economic and social determinants of health, in particular factors influencing epidemics (HIV and COVID-19). His academic work sustains that HIV-infected longtime survivors are facing disproportionate health outcomes, including disability and early death. The core of his work is to elucidate how different sciences can be complements in the research process. He believes that economics, public health and public policy are key instruments to advocate for vulnerable populations. Dr. DelaCruz is an immigrant from Mexico. Publications

Vassilios Gargalas

Photo of Vassilios GargalasOffice: Carman Hall, Room 382
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone: 718-960-8507
E-mail: vassilios.gargalas@lehman.cuny.edu
Degrees and Sources of Degrees:
Ph.D., M.Phil., New York Univ.
B.Sc., Athens Univ., Greece

Dr. Vassilios N. Gargalas is currently Associate Professor of Finance at Herbert H. Lehman College in New York. He has previously served on the faculties of New York University, Fordham University, University of Bridgeport, Western Connecticut State University, Touro College, as well as other institutions in the United Stated and Europe. Dr. Gargalas teaches courses in corporate finance, investments, international finance, and financial institutions. His primary areas of research and publication have been related to corporate finance and financial institutions. He has consulted with a number of financial institutions including Merrill Lynch, Deutsche Bank, Aetolian Capital, etc. Publications

Jose E. Gomez-Gonzalez

Photo of Jose E. Gomez-GonzalezOffice: Carman Hall, Room 366
Office Hours: T&TH 12-1PM or By Appt.
Phone: 718-960-8461
E-mail: JOSE.GOMEZGONZALEZ@lehman.cuny.edu
Degrees and Sources of Degrees:
Ph.D., Cornell University
M.A., Cornell University
B.A., Universidad Nacional de Colombia

Jose E. Gomez-Gonzalez is an Associate Professor of Finance and Economics for Lehman College of The City University of New York. He did his undergraduate studies in Bogotá, Colombia. After obtaining a B.A. degree in economics from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, he pursued graduate studies at Cornell University, receiving an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Economics. His fields of interest are financial economics, macroeconomics, and real estate finance. He is passionate for teaching. He worked for the Central Bank of Colombia, holding several senior-level positions like director of the Department of Market Operations and Development. Jose also worked for several Colombian universities. He has published widely in leading economics, finance, and real estate journals. Publications

Mario González-Corzo

Photo of Mario Gonzalez-CorzoOffice: Carman Hall, Room 382
Office Hours: M&W by Appt.
Phone: 718-960-8507
E-mail: mario.gonzalez-corzo@lehman.cuny.edu
Degrees and Sources of Degrees:

PhD. – Economics/International Relations
M.A. – Economics
M.A. – International Relations /Global Affairs
M.A. – Political Science
B.A. – Economics

Certifications

  • Executive Education Program, Value Investing, Columbia University, 2011.
  • Graduate Certificate, Non-Profit Management, Rutgers University, 2000.

Academic Experience

Dr. Corzo is Professor of Economics at the Department of Economics and Business at Lehman College of The City University of New York (CUNY), where he teaches graduate and undergraduate courses in Economics and Finance.

Dr. Corzo is also a Lecturer in Finance at the School of Professional Studies (SPS) at Columbia University.

His research and publications include:

  • Financial asset ownership and financial sector participation among different demographic groups in the U.S.,
  • Labor market trends and recent developments in the U.S. financial sector,
  • Entrepreneurship in transition economies, and
  • Economic reforms in transition economies, with a particular emphasis on Cuban agriculture and the emerging non-State sector.

Dr. Corzo is a Faculty Fellow at the Bildner Center for Western Hemisphere Studies at The Graduate Center (CUNY). He is also a Contributing Editor for the section on the Cuban economy of the Handbook of Latin American Studies (HLAS) published by the Library of Congress.

Professional Experience

In the private sector, Dr. Corzo has provided consulting, strategic, and investment advice to global banks and insurance companies in the US, Europe, and Latin America, and has worked with institutional clients to manage their risk exposure in Latin America and other emerging markets throughout the world. His long career in the financial services industry includes senior roles and functions at major firms such as: Pricewaterhouse Coopers, LLP, and JP Morgan Chase.

Dene Hurley

Photo of Dene HurleyOffice: Carman Hall, Room 247B
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone: 718-960-8377
E-mail: dene.hurley@lehman.cuny.edu
Degrees and Sources of Degrees:
Ph.D., Northeastern Univ.
MSc., Univ. of Bath, Bath, U.K.
BSc., The City Univ., London, U.K.

Dr. Dene Hurley is a Professor in the Department of Economics and Business at Lehman College-CUNY, where she teaches mainly statistics and economic courses. Dr. Dene Hurley’s research interest covers applied work in international finance and trade, focusing primarily on Asia and labor market-related areas such as the role of gender and Hispanic labor market issues. She has published in peer-reviewed journals, including Economics Papers, Gender in Management, Applied Economics, and Global Economic Review. Before joining Lehman College, Dr. Hurley was the Director of Maritime Research at the New York-based Port Import/Export Reporting Service (PIERS) of the Journal of Commerce. Hurley's other previous work experience includes roles as an economist with The Cadmus Group, Inc., a consulting firm in Waltham, Massachusetts, and the Ministry of Finance in the Seychelles. Dr. Hurley earned a Ph.D. in Economics from Northeastern University, a MSc. in Development Studies from University of Bath, U.K., and a BSc. in Economics from City-University of London. Publications

Alexander Núñez-Torres

Photo of Alexander Núñez-TorresOffice: Carman Hall, Room 376
Office Hours: T/TH 4-5PM & By Appt.
Phone: 718-960-8297
E-mail: alexander.nuneztorres@lehman.cuny.edu
Degrees and Sources of Degrees:
Ph.D., University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
B.S., Santo Domingo Institute of Technology (INTEC), Dominican Republic

Alexander Núñez-Torres was born in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. He obtained a Ph.D. in Finance from University of Puerto Rico. He has worked on research related to mortgages, banking system and the persistence of profitability in corporations. His research interest are risk assessment and bank analysis, corporate finance, public policy and behavioral finance. He has worked in research projects with colleagues from different schools such as, Jesse H. Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University, Business and Marketing International School at Sergio Arboleda Unviersity, and the Business School at Santo Domingo Institute of Technology. His research, discussion and interests led him to participate in international conferences such as Financial Management Association (FMA), Southern Finance Association (SFA), The Business Association of Latin American Studies (BALAS) and The Latin American Council of Management Schools (CLADEA). Some of his non-academic interests and hobbies are traveling, attending theater and music.Publications

Nikolaos Papanikolaou

Photo of Nikolaos PapanikolaouOffice: Carman Hall, Room 363B
Office Hours: By Appointment
Phone: 718-960-7128
E-mail: nikolaos.papanikolaou@lehman.cuny.edu
Degrees and Sources of Degrees:
Ph.D., New School for Social Research
M.Phil., New School for Social Research
M.A., City College, City Univ. of New York
B.S., Salem State College

Dr. Papanikolaou received his Ph.D. in economics from the New School for Social Research in NYC. His area of concentration is in econometrics, macro-econometrics, statistics, interdisciplinary field of econophysics (non-parametric and stochastic approaches to the statistical size distributions of income) and business cycles. Dr. Papanikolaou has taught courses in econometrics, statistics, bio-statistics, macroeconomics, microeconomics, international trade and finance and the history of economic thought.

Before joining the Department of Economics and Business at Lehman College, Dr. Papanikolaou was a research assistant at the Schwartz Center for Economic Policy Analysis at The New School where he worked on the Standard of Living Project, analyzing trends in income (personal, household and family) over time within the context of economic growth, employment, and income inequality over the past five decades in the United States. Prior to that, he was a research assistant at The Research Foundation of the City University of New York, analyzing macroeconomic data, including income distribution and inequality, unemployment, savings, investment, national debt, monetary, fiscal and tax policy initiatives. Publications

Chanoch Shreiber

Office: Carman Hall, Room 372
Office Hours: T&TH 11-11:45AM & By Appt.
Phone: 718-960-8598
E-mail: chanoch.shreiber1@lehman.cuny.edu
Degrees and Sources of Degrees:
Ph.D., Columbia Univ.
LL.M., Columbia Univ.
LL.B., Hebrew Univ., Israel

Robert Utzinger

Office: Carman Hall, Room 308
Office Hours: T/W/TH 2-4:30PM & By Appt.
Phone: 718-960-2565
E-mail: robert.utzinger@lehman.cuny.edu
Degrees and Sources of Degrees:
M.A., Rutgers University.
B.S., Elizabethtown College, PA.

Hsien-Tseng Wang

Photo of Hsien-Tseng WangOffice: Carman Hall, Room 374
Office Hours: Monday 3:30-4:30PM (via zoom) & Friday 3-4PM
Phone: 718-960-8388
E-mail: hsientseng.wang@lehman.cuny.edu

Degrees and Sources of Degrees:
Ph.D., the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
M.Phil., the Graduate Center, City University of New York.
M.B.A., Baruch College, City University of New York.
M.S., National Central University, Taiwan.
B.S., National Central University, Taiwan.

Dr. Hsien-Tseng (Elvin) Wang is an Assistant Professor of Management Information Systems at the Department of Economics and Business at Lehman College. He obtained a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the Graduate Center, City University of New York. Dr. Wang's research interests are in temporal extensions to Resource Description Framework—the foundation of the Semantic Web, and recently he focuses on business analytics and modeling augmented by the Semantic web technology. Prior to joining the department as a full-time faculty, Dr. Wang has served on adjunct faculties at Lehman College and Baruch College where he taught undergraduate and graduate courses in Information Systems, Databases, Spreadsheet Modeling, and Statistics.

Adjunct/Substitute Faculty

Richard Anderson

Office: Carman Hall, Room 321
E-mail: richard.anderson@lehman.cuny.edu

Quinn Brody

Office: Carman Hall, Room 321
E-mail: quinn.brody@lehman.cuny.edu

Eva de Francisco

Office: Carman Hall, Room 321
E-mail: eva.defrancisco@lehman.cuny.edu

Carlos G. Elias

Office: Carman Hall, Room 321
E-mail: carlos.elias1@lehman.cuny.edu

David Fischer

Office: Carman Hall, Room 321
E-mail: david.fischer@lehman.cuny.edu

Jason Gray

Office: Carman Hall, Room 321
E-mail: jason.gray@lehman.cuny.edu

Linda Njoh

Office: Carman Hall, Room 321
E-mail: linda.njoh@lehman.cuny.edu

Stephen Piraino

Office: Carman Hall, Room 321
E-mail: stephen.piraino@lehman.cuny.edu 

James D. Walker

Office: Carman Hall, Room 321
E-mail: james.walker@lehman.cuny.edu