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Economics Department Faculty & Staff

Nicoleta Iliescu

Nicoleta Iliescu

Assistant Professor

Office: Spellman Hall, Room 201D
Phone: (914) 633-2291
Degrees: Ph.D., University of Connecticut, 2011

MA, AL.I. Cuza University, Iasi, Romania
BA, AL.I. Cuza University, Iasi, Romania

Dr. Nicoleta Iliescu teaches courses in international economics, the history of economic ideas, environmental economics, basic microeconomics and basic macroeconomics. Her research interests are in the areas of international trade, political economy, and applied microeconomics.

Robert H. Jantzen

Robert H. Jantzen


Office: Spellman Hall, Room 201A
Phone: (914) 637-2731
Degrees: Ph.D., Northeastern University
MA, Northeastern University
BS, Northeastern University

Dr. Robert Jantzen teaches courses in statistics for economists, current economic issues, basic microeconomics, econometrics and more. His research interests include healthcare, education policy, and e-commerce.
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Michael Malenbaum

Michael Malenbaum

Assistant Professor

Office: Spellman Hall, Room 201B
Phone: (914) 633-2215
Degrees: Ph.D., City University of New York
MS, Statistics, Temple University.

Dr. Michael Malenbaum teaches courses in money and banking, basic macroeconomics, basic and intermediate microeconomics, and the federal reserve challenge. His research is in the fields of international trade, monetary economics and macroeconomics. Specifically, his recent research focuses on exchange rate pass-through, the degree to which exchange rate movements are reflected in prices.

Bhaswati (Bonu) Sengupta

Bhaswati (Bonu) Sengupta

Chair, Economics Department

Office: Spellman Hall, Room 201C
Phone: (914) 637-2729
Degrees: Ph.D., North Carolina State University
BA Honors, St. Stephen's College, Delhi University, India

Dr. Bhaswati Sengupta teaches courses in development economics, behavioral economics, mathematical applications in economics, basic microeconomics, and basic and intermediate macroeconomics. Her research interests include labor economics, development, gender studies and health economics.

Faculty Emeriti

John Holland, Ph.D.
Mary H. Lesser, Ph.D.

Student Success: Natalie Bowman '16

Natalie Bowman

While at Iona, Natalie was inspired to pursue service-oriented projects and make impactful contributions to local and international communities. Most notably, she served as president for the Red Cross Club and participated in mission trips to the Dominican Republic and Scotland.

Natalie’s experiences at Iona not only helped her find her calling in life but also help others across the world.

Read more on Natalie's success at Iona.


Economics majors are 250% more likely to become a CEO of an S&P 500 company than students who major in business, outperforming all other majors as a path to the corner office.
(Source: Flynn & Quinn, 2010)