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Eric Adams, CSSH 2012, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning at University of South Florida.


Revathi Balakrishnan was among 56 “State Teachers of the Year” honored by President Barack Obama at the White House on May 3, 2016Balakrishnan

Balakrishnan is a talent and gifted specialist teacher at Patsy Sommer Elementary School in Austin, Texas, and was chosen as the Texas Teacher of the Year by the Council of Chief State School Officers as part of the National Teacher of the Year Program.

Ms. Balakrishnan received her B.A in economics from Ethiraj College in Chennai and her M.A in economics from Northeastern University.  Her teaching degree is from Texas State University.



BabyAdeleIt’s a girl!  Congratulations to Laura Crispin, BA 2004 on the birth of Coral Adele Ames born on July 15th!

Laura Crispin is an Assistant Professor at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, PA.





In Not Buying It,Brett Graff, the “Home Economist,” shows how parents can save over a million dollars by investing the money they would otherwise spend on overpriced and unnecessary purchases for their kids.Brett-Graff-low-res-213x300

Brett’s column THE HOME ECONOMIST is nationally syndicated and published in newspapers all over the country. Her book “NOT BUYING IT: Stop Overspending and Start Raising Happier, Healthier, More Successful Kids” was published in Spring 2016.

Brett also contributes to Good Housekeeping, Maxim, Ladies’ Home Journal, Redbook, First for Women and American Baby.  Brett, as The Home Economist, has appeared on the PBS show, Nightly Business Report, Headline News, CNN’s Open House, France 2 and also CNBC.

Brett graduated from Northeastern University in 1992 with a Bachelor of Science in Economics.


Tyler Paul, CSSH 2012, is beginning PhD studies in economics at the University of California San Diego.



DanielAbunawDaniel Abunaw, CSSH’15, received the Paul M. Pratt Award, which rec­og­nizes a Northeastern University senior who demon­strates excep­tional per­sonal and pro­fes­sional growth through their cooperative education experience.  His co-op posi­tions were sales asso­ciate at EF Edu­ca­tion and a data ana­lyst at Transamerica Retire­ment Solutions.

Daniel was one of  sixteen students honored for their out­standing co-op expe­ri­ences on May 6 at the annual Out­standing Coop­er­a­tive Edu­ca­tion Awards cer­e­mony in the Curry Stu­dent Center.



Ian Burn,  MA/BS 2011 is currently a PhD student at the University of California, Irvine.  Along with David Neumark and Patrick Button, he co-authored a NBER study showing widespread iburn_326623discrimination among workers nearing retirement age.  The study found that older women, in particular, face age discrimination in hiring.   Link to NBER paper
Link to Bloomberg October 26 news article





Dr. Renée Duplantis, Ph.D 2010  has recently joined The Brattle Group as a principal. In this new role, Dr. Duplantis will continue to focus her practice on antitrust matters, with a particular focus on mergers, civil litigation, damages, and class-action matters in Canada.  In the coming months, she will be helping launch Brattle’s new Toronto office.ReneeDuplantis2

Prior to joining The Brattle Group, Dr. Duplantis was a Principal at Microeconomic Consulting & Research Associates, Inc. (MiCRA), where she worked on a wide range of both civil and criminal antitrust matters.

From 2011 through 2014, she was seconded to the Canadian Competition Bureau, and in January 2014, she was appointed to the T.D. MacDonald Chair in Industrial Economics at the Bureau. In that role and throughout her time at the Bureau, she provided the Commissioner of Competition and the Bureau with independent advice on economic matters related to competition policy and participated in the economic analysis of high-profile investigations under the Competition Act, including two recently litigated cases, Commissioner of Competition v. CCS Corporation, et. al. and Commissioner of Competition v. Toronto Real Estate Board.



randGhayadThe research of Rand Ghayad, PhD 2014 is cited in the CNN story, Give the Unemployed a Second Chance from February 4th.  Dr. Ghayad was also featured in L’Hebdon Magazine and in a  May 5th Huffington Post Blog, along with Michael Cragg, wrote about income inequality.





ElanaLosadoElena Losado, MA/BS 2015, is now working at an internship at the Brookings Institution Center for Universal Education.

Elena recently completed  an internship at the United Nations in the Economic Affairs for the Regional Commissions office in New York where she helped in the planning of the third International Conference on Financing for Development in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.




PantuoscoL (1)Lou Pantuosco, PhD 1992 has been named the William H. Grier professor at Winthrop University College of Business Administration in Rock Hill, South
Carolina.  The Grier Professorship is awarded every four years to a classroom teacher who is imaginative, dependable and in command of his or her discipline.

Pantuosco teaches labor economics, money and banking, managerial economics, micro and macroeconomics. He received the College of Business Administration’s Wachovia teaching award, now called the Wells Fargo award, in 2001.

During his tenure at Winthrop, Pantuosco has published nearly 40 articles, while co-authoring with 10 different faculty members. He has been the lead author on more than 30 articles, a book and a book chapter.

Read more here: http://www.winthrop.edu/news-events/article.aspx?id=41940




220px-Soumodip_sarkarSoumodip Sarkar, PhD 1995 returned to the Northeastern campus on September 30 to be the featured speaker at the CEM NARDONE SPEAKER SERIES. The name of his talk was Creative Construction: Insights on Sustainable Entrepreneurship from the BOP.
Professor Sarkar is a professor at the Department of Management, University of Evora, Portugal, and researcher at CEFAGE-UE. He is also the coordinator of the Program in Entrepreneurship and Innovation.

His research interests are innovation, entrepreneurship and international business. He has published papers in many scientific journals and is in the editorial board of four international peer-reviewed scientific journals. He is a project leader in many Portuguese and European projects and has been a consultant to the USAID and Nathan Associates. He holds copyrights to the integrated innovation model developed by him along with simulation software.




Frederick_B._Zupanc_GraduationFrederick B. Zupanc, BS 2014,  has had a paper published in The Developing Economist, an undergraduate research journal at The University of Texas at Austin.  The paper, Multiproduct Pricing and Product Line Decisions with Status Externalities, was  written during a Directed Study with Professor James Dana.

Frederick  graduated from Northeastern University in 2014 (summa cum laude) with a Bachelor of Science in Economics and Mathematics. He also graduated with University Honors Program Distinction.

He is  currently enrolled in the Master’s Program in Econometrics at the University of Amsterdam (The Netherlands).






Aamer Abu-Qarn, Ph.D 2002, is a tenured Senior lecturer in the Economics Department at Ben-Gurion University, Beer-Sheva, Israel.

Emre  Atala, B.S. 1993, was elected member of City Parliament of Narlidere Town in Turkey between 2009 and 2014 and is still a Secretary General of City Council. In addition, Emre, along with his wife, own a boutique wine producing company and a small fresh fruit processing plant. They also have two other firms that have fast food franchisee shops under their own brands.

Keshab Bhattarai, Ph.D.1997, has been active in research and teaching. He has published approximately forty articles in refereed journals and has been teaching macroeconomics, microeconomics and econometric in PhD levels to undergraduate levels in the University of Hull for over fifteen years. He has presented many papers in macroeconomics and growth and dynamic general equilibrium models of advanced countries including the UK, USA, Germany, France, Spain and other countries and developing countries; been external examiner at the Undergraduate, Masters and PhD level in various UK Universities. Personal web page:

Max Dubin, B.S.2010, is currently a D.M.D. Candidate, Class of 2017 at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine.


Brian Feldman, B.S. 2012, is working in Los Angeles at a media agency (in Analytics).

Cynthia Hale Gillham, B.S., 2006

Cynthia Hale Gillham, B.S., 2006


Cynthia Hale Gillham,B.S.2006, will begin her masters coursework in applied economics at the National University of Singapore this  August.


Jerry Lindfelt, M.A 1973, is currently a principal in a private equity company in Scottsdale, Arizona and is chairman of board of learning services for a traumatic brain injury rehab company. Jerry is living in Phoenix in the winter and New Hampshire in the summer.


Hong Liu, 1989 M A. is a teacher in Medford Public School and business owner of small hotels.


David Moshier, 1986 B.S is living in Florida, doing graphic design and also addiction counseling. David is active in the church and community, and remembers his days at NU fondly.


Chukwudozie Okpalaobieri, 1996 B.S. is currently serving as Special Adviser (Energy) to the Coordinating Minister for the Economy/Minister of Finance for Nigeria. Prior to that, Chukwudozie worked as a Legal and Policy Adviser at the African Center for Economic Transformation (ACET) in Accra, Ghana. “It has been an interesting 18 years since I left Northeastern and I certainly miss Huntington Avenue!


Jim O’Sullivan, 1967 M.A. has been retired for 10 years after spending 30 years in management with General Electric.
“It would be great to hear from my fellow class mates for we were the first M.A. recipients in 1967 and in 2017 we have our fiftieth so let’s plan a get together.”

Mustafa Özer, MA, 1991

Mustafa Özer, MA, 1991


Mustafa Özer, 1991 M.A. is currently working as a Professor of Economics at Anadolu University of Turkey. His main interests are time series econometrics and financial crises. Mustafa is also the director of the joint project The Role of Civil Society in Turkey between Johns Hopkins University of Baltimore and Anadolu University.


Daniel Rothschild, 2011 B.S. received a Juris Doctor, Suffolk University Law School, Class of 2014.


David E. Rubin, B.A. 1983 went back to school at NU to do premed prerequisite courses and went to Harvard Medical School where he graduated in 1990. David trained in Pathology at New England Deaconess Hospital and Beth Israel Hospital. After working as Pathologist in Good Samaritan Medical Center in Brockton MA, he moved with my family to suburban New York where he has practiced at the Good Samaritan Hospital in Suffern NY. David’s daughter graduated this year from Northeastern.


Warren Scott

Warren Scott

Warren Scott, 2011 B.S has been with Northwestern Mutual as a financial representative for two years now.  In December of ’13, Warren ranked 16th in production on the east coast for his firm.  He is preparing for the Series 6 & 63 exams which he will be taking this summer.



Sonia Sujanani, 2011 B.S. graduated from Cornell Law School with a Juris Doctorate and Berger Specialization in International Legal Affairs in May. She was awarded the John J. Kelly Memorial Prize, given to the graduating student who best exemplifies values of scholarship, fair play, and good humor in the judgment of the Dean of the Law School. After taking the Massachusetts Bar Exam this summer, Sonia will be clerking for the Honorable Justice Fernande R.V. Duffly of the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court for one year, and then will return to work for Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale & Dorr in Boston.




Kenneth L. Wengrod, B.S., 1973

Kenneth L. Wengrod, B.S., 1973 is president and co-founder of FTC Commercial Corp., the LA-based factoring operation which provides financing to public and private consumer related industries. Kenneth is currently the Chairman of the Regulatory & Legislation Committee of District Export Council of Southern California (DEC). He also sits on the Advisory Board at Apparel/Merchandising/Management School at Cal Poly/Pomona.



Corrado Zoppi, Ph.D., 1997 is now an Associate Professor of Urban and Regional Planning, University of Cagliari, Cagliari, Italy. Website: people.unica.it/corradozoppi