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.
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.
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.
Patricia A. Banks
Professor of Sociology
Patricia A. Banks studies culture, consumption, and markets with a focus on race and ethnicity. In 2019 Banks was in residence at Stanford University as a CASBS Fellow. She is author of the books Diversity and Philanthropy at African American Museums (Routledge 2019) and Represent: Art and Identity Among the Black Upper-Middle Class (Routledge 2010). In other projects Banks is investigating corporate support for the arts and the market for art from the African Diaspora. She is also completing Race, Ethnicity, and Consumption: A Sociological View (Under Contract Routledge) where she brings sociological theory to bear on race and ethnicity in the marketplace.
Miller Worley Associate Professor of Environmental Studies; on leave 2020-2021
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.
Orchestra Director; Associate Professor of Music
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)
Becky Wai-Ling Packard
Professor of Psychology and Education
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.
Professor of Economics on the Ford Foundation; on leave spring 2019-fall 2020
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.
Michael D. Robinson
Professor of Economics; on leave fall 2020
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.
Preston H. Smith II
Class of 1926 Professor of Politics; on leave spring 2021
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.
Eleanor R. Townsley
Andrew W. Mellon Professor of Sociology and Director of Nexus; Chair of Sociology and Anthropology; on leave spring 2021
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.
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.