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 teaches and publishes on critical issues in economic development and globalization. She has authored and edited/co-edited 6 books and more than 40 refereed articles and book chapters. Her current research focuses on the middle-income trap, the implications of the rise of China, and innovation strategies in the age of globalization. Paus has received numerous national grants, has consulted with international organizations, and been a visiting faculty at institutions in Costa Rica, Germany, Ireland, Peru, and South Korea.

Eva Paus

Patricia A. Banks

Associate Professor of Sociology

Patricia A. Banks studies culture, patronage, and markets with a focus on the African Diaspora. In her book Represent: Art and Identity Among the Black Upper-Middle Class (Routledge 2010) she investigates the bi-directional relationship between art collecting and identity. Banks is currently working on the book Race, Ethnicity, and Consumption: A Sociological View (Under Contract Routledge) where she brings sociological theory to bear on race and ethnicity in the marketplace. In other research projects Banks is investigating 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; Assistant 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)

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

Becky Wai-Ling Packard

Director of the Harriet L. and Paul M. Weissman Center for Leadership; 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.

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

Steven Schmeiser

Associate Professor of Economics

Steven Schmeiser uses game theory and microeconomic theory to study a wide variety of topics including group formation, regulation, internet advertising, consumer behavior, and corporate law. Schmeiser has published in journals such as The International Journal of Industrial Organization, The Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization, and Economics Letters. At Mount Holyoke, Schmeiser teaches courses on game theory, accounting, and corporate governance.

Steven Schmeiser

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; Visiting Professor in Economics

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.