People

The members of the EOS committee have different departmental affiliations and interests as they relate to Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society. We invite students to discuss their interests and aspirations with the person who best matches their own interests.

Faculty

Eva Paus

Professor of Economics; Carol Hoffmann Collins Director of the McCulloch Center for Global Initiatives; Chair, Program Committee, Entrepreneurship, Organizations and Society

Eva Paus has published widely on different aspects of globalization and development. She is the author or editor of seven books and dozens of articles and book chapters. Her current research focuses on technological change and the future of work and development, strategies for escaping from the Middle Income Trap, the implications of the rise of China for economic transformation in developing countries, and successful strategies in moving towards high-technology production linked to services.

Eva Paus

Ali Aslam

Assistant Professor of Politics

Ali Aslam is a political theorist whose research and teaching examine how citizens negotiate key concepts like freedom, recognition, and democracy through political struggle.  He is author of Ordinary Democracy: Sovereignty and Citizenship Beyond the Neoliberal Impasse (2017) and has published articles on social movements, including Black Lives Matter and Occupy.  He teaches courses on grassroots democracy, political economy, democratic theory and practice, and the history of political thought.

Photo of Ali Aslam

Patricia A. Banks

Associate Professor of Sociology, on leave 2018-19

Patricia A. Banks studies culture, patronage, and markets with a focus on the African Diaspora. Banks will be at Stanford University as a CASBS Fellow in 2018-2019. In her book Represent: Art and Identity Among the Black Upper-Middle Class she investigates the bi-directional relationship between art collecting and identity. Banks is completing Race, Ethnicity, and Consumption (Routledge) where she brings sociological theory to bear on race and ethnicity in the marketplace. She is also exploring philanthropy at African American museums, corporate support for the arts, and the market for contemporary African art.

Patricia A. Banks

Catherine Corson

Miller Worley Associate Professor of Environmental Studies; Leslie and Sarah Miller Director of the Miller Worley Center for the Environment

Catherine Corson is the Miller Worley Associate Professor of Environmental Studies. As a political ecologist, she uses ethnography to explore questions of power, knowledge, and justice in case studies from rural villages to international policy arenas. Her current research focuses on the rise of market-based environmentalism, popular resistance to it, and associated shifts in environmental governance. Prior to receiving her PhD from the University of California at Berkeley, Corson spent a decade as an environment and development policy analyst. Her interdisciplinary academic training, in biology, development studies, and environmental economics, as well as political ecology, underpins an interest in interdisciplinary teaching and research.

Catherine Corson

Rick Feldman

Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Organizations and Society; Entrepreneurship Coordinator

Following a blended career of business, social action and academia, Rick Feldman continues to span and integrate the arenas of industry and regional economics, start-up and social enterprise entrepreneurship, education, and policy development in local and global arenas. His current focus is on all aspects of entrepreneurship and social enterprise development, and his current course offerings reflect this range and integration, by focusing on global and local challenges from which opportunities for solutions can emerge through innovation and entrepreneurial leadership.

Rick Feldman Visiting Lecturer, Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society

Ng Tian Hui

Orchestra Director; Associate Professor of Music, on leave 2018-19

The American Prize winning conductor Ng Tian Hui is the music director of the Mount Holyoke Symphony Orchestra (USA), and the music director of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Symphony Orchestra (USA). Ng has conducted orchestras around the world including the Moravian Philharmonic Orchestra (Czech Republic), the Dartington Festival Orchestra (UK), the Orchestra of the Royal Opera of Wallonie (Belgium), and the Oregon Bach Festival Orchestra (USA)

Professor Hui in a red shirts sits at his shiny black piano.

Becky Wai-Ling Packard

Professor of Psychology and Education, on leave 2018-19

Becky Wai-Ling Packard's expertise in the areas of mentoring and diversity, examining how individuals from underrepresented groups persist in their career plans and how organizations can improve their climate. She has conducted professional workshops, designed programs, and assessed climate for numerous organizations. Packard has particular expertise in STEM persistence, with a book, over 30 published articles, and over a million dollars in funding to support her work. The founding director of the teaching and learning program, and an educational psychologist by training, Packard uses community-based partnerships and case scenarios to create relevant and authentic experiences for students.

Becky Wai-Ling Packard

Michael D. Robinson

Professor of Economics

As an applied econometrician, Mike Robinson uses economic analysis to answer questions about the world. The author of many articles, book chapters, and reviews, Robinson is primarily interested in labor economics. Much of his research has centered on wages and income, with a focus on the economics of discrimination.

Michael D. Robinson Chair of Complex Organizations, Chair and Professor of Economics

Preston H. Smith II

Chair of Africana Studies and Politics; Professor of Politics

Preston H. Smith II regularly teaches courses on Urban Policy, Black Migrations, Black Metropolis, and American Politics. He received a Whiting fellowship to study race and social housing in the Netherlands. His research interests include class and African-American politics, neoliberalism, and urban policy, and affordable housing policy. He is the author of Racial Democracy and the Black Metropolis: Housing Policy in Postwar Chicago as well as numerous articles and book chapters.

Preston H. Smith II

Eleanor R. Townsley

Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Sociology and Director of Nexus

Eleanor Townsley is interested in the role of intellectuals in social life. She teaches a range of courses in social theory, media, gender, and social science research methods. Her recent work considers the rise of media meta-commentary in democratic deliberation, the social reorganization of expertise, and the changing social roles of academics as public intellectuals. Townsley served as associate dean of faculty from 2012 to 2016 and is the faculty director of the Nexus Curriculum to Career program. 

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Eleanor Townsley

Thomas White

Visiting Professor in Philosophy

Thomas White has published in areas that include: 16th century Renaissance humanism, utopian theory, business ethics and environmental ethics. His main area of research over the last thirty years has been the philosophical and ethical implications of the scientific research on whales and dolphins. He argues that dolphins should be considered “nonhuman persons” and that the use of captive cetaceans by the entertainment industry constitutes “cruelty.” He is a fellow of the Oxford Centre for Animal Ethics. He has published seven books and numerous articles. His research on dolphins can be found at http://indefenseofdolphins.com.

Thomas White

Staff

Dawn Larder

Department Coordinator II

Dawn Larder is the department coordinator for the Economics Department and Entrepreneurship, Organizations, and Society. She started at Mount Holyoke in 1973 and has been in her current position since 1985. Larder is often referred to as “Skinner Central”, serving as the primary coordinator during summer months.