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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.


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)

Achievements of some Iona Economics Alumni

  • Susom Ghosh, 2010 valedictorian, is currently an analyst at RBC Capital Markets
  • Matt Baker, 2011 valedictorian, held positions at Morgan Stanley before joining an entrepreneurial start-up
  • Caroline Frawley ’85 holds a senior position at the Federal Reserve Bank
  • Michael Halloran ’89, holds a senior position at Ernst and Young

Student Success

The Economics program challenged me daily. I enjoyed working through complex real-world problems.

Jessalyn Marconi

Mathematics / Econ major