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Faculty and Adjunct Faculty of the School for Public Affairs and Administration

Dean Humphrey A. Crookendale, JD (BS, Queens College; JD, Howard University School of Law)

Dean Humphrey A. Crookendale, J.D. has been a member of the faculty at MCNY since 1983 when he was a key architect in the development and articulation of the Master of Science in Administration degree, the original graduate degree at the college. In the development of the original program, Dean Crookendale was also the principal author of the Systems, Values and Ethics and Self and Others dimension course outlines. He became the associate dean in the Audrey Cohen School for Human Services in 1989. Dean Crookendale secured the Master of Public Administration degree program at the college and later became dean in the School of Public Affairs and Administration.

Professor Crookendale continues to be an instrumental agent in the School of Public Affairs and Administration. He is actively engaged in the recruitment of new faculty to the school. He is also involved in the strategic planning of the National Association of School of Public Affairs and Administration (NASPAA), the professional association that represents and accredits schools in the field of public affairs and administration. As a teacher, Professor Crookendale's principle areas of interest include the analysis and development of national, state and local governmental policy and how such policy impacts the lives of citizens and organizations alike.

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Louis Tiatje, Ph.D. (B.A., Concordia University Chicago; MTS, Lutheran School of Theology at Chicago; Ph.D., Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York)

Louis Tietje is a professor in the MPA program of the School for Public Affairs and Administration at MCNY, where he has been teaching since 1989. He teaches courses in organizational behavior, ethics, social problems and policy, and program planning.

He studied management and industrial/organizational psychology at Baruch College, The City University of New York. His research interests and many publications cover a wide variety of issues in cultural criticism, education, ethical theory, and ethics and public policy.

Dr. Tietje has been a manager in a law firm, an elementary school teacher, and an orchestral conductor for a theater company. He also served on the board of the nonprofit organization that produced the documentary film, "Changing Our Minds: The Story of Dr. Evelyn Hooker," which was nominated for an Academy Award.

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Pamela Ransom, Ph.D. (BA, Harvard University; Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Pamela Ransom is an associate professor in the Master of Public Administration program in the School for Public Affairs and Administration at MCNY, having joined the faculty in 2011. In her role as associate professor at MCNY, she teaches courses such as program evaluation, research methods and organizational change, and has previously taught a wide array of courses throughout the field of public policy and administration.

She has been active as an administrator, environmentalist, planner, educator and community activist. Upon graduating, she served as deputy director of town planning for the Government of Jamaica and consultant for USAID. She was also co-director of Harvard Africa Volunteers working in East Africa.

Dr. Ransom previously served as special assistant for environmental affairs for the Manhattan borough president and New York City mayor and as program director for the Women's Environment and Development Organization, managing a global program on health and environment. She has taught public administration and policy for institutions including Long Island University, Northwestern University, St. Joseph's College and Alfred University.

She has also been active as a researcher and consultant for a wide variety of government agencies, health institutions and community organizations, internationally and in the U.S. She is currently active as a policy advisor on global women's issues. She has numerous publications on issues related to public administration and policy, focusing on themes including interagency collaboration, advocacy and community participation.

Contact her at , 212-343-1234 ext. 2219


Oren M. Levin-Waldman

Oren M. Levin-Waldman is professor of public policy in the MPA program. He is also research scholar at the Binzagr Institute for Sustainable Prosperity, and a researcher for the Labor Employment and Relations Association's Employment Policy Research Network (EPRN).

Prior to his appointment at MCNY, Professor Levin-Waldman held the Henry J. Raimondo endowed chair in urban research and public policy at New Jersey City University, and was a resident scholar at the Levy Economics Institute at Bard College, where he also taught public policy.

Additionally, he served as a consultant to both public/private ventures and the Community Services Society of New York, having conducted a study of New York City's labor market, with specific emphasis on income inequality. He specializes in public policy and political economy, with strong interest in political philosophy, and has written extensively on policy issues ranging from welfare reform and workforce development to labor market issues including unemployment insurance, the minimum wage and other issues relating to income security.

His new book, The Minimum Wage: A Reference Handbook was published by ABC-CLIO at the end of December 2015. He is the author of Wage Policy, Income Distribution, and Democratic Theory (Routledge 2011); The American Constitution (Bridgepoint Education Co. 2011); The Political Economy of the Living Wage: A Study of Four Cities (M.E. Sharpe 2005); The Case of the Minimum Wage: Competing Policy Models (State University of New York Press 2001); Reconceiving Liberalism: Dilemmas of Contemporary Liberal Public Policy (University of Pittsburgh Press 1996); and Plant Closure, Regulation, and Liberalism: The Limits to Liberal Public Philosophy (University Press of America 1992).

He has been published in Policy Sciences, Review of Social Economy, Forum for Social Economics, Journal of Economic Issues, Challenge, Rhetoric & Public Affairs, Public Affairs Quarterly, Review of Policy Research, Regional Labor Review, Advances in Industrial and Labor Relations (AILR), Journal of Socioeconomics, and The Journal of Workplace Rights, as well as having written several applied public policy studies. Currently, he is exploring the relationship between wage policies such as the minimum wage, wage contours, income inequality and the impact that wage policy may have on civic participation. A member of the editorial board of the International Encyclopedia of Public Policy, which is connected with the Global Political Economy Research Unit, he has contributed several pieces.

Professor Levin-Waldman has been an NEH summer humanities fellow at Princeton University. He is also on the editorial boards of Perspectives on Work, a publication of the Labor Employment Relations Association (LERA) and The Regional Labor Review, published by the Center for Labor and Democracy at Hofstra University.

Levin-Waldman has made several media appearances, including "Al-Jazeera America," "CBS Up to the Minute," "Fox News," The New York Times, the BBC's "Up All Night," and local National Public Radio station affiliates. He is also a regular guest on "Westchester on the Level," blog/talk radio show. Based on his work on the living wage, he was a participant in a forum as part of the Thomas J. Anton/Fred Lippitt lecture series at Brown University in October of 2007 and in a wage policy workshop at the University of Zurich. He also gave a talk on wage policy and achieving greater democracy at the Seminar on Political Economy and Contemporary Social Issues at Columbia University in the Fall of 2011.


Philip Nufrio, Ph.D.

Dr. Philip M. Nufrio is a professor of Public Policy and Administration and Emergency Management in the MPA program at MCNY. Dr. Nufrio is an international scholar in the field of public policy and administration and has written two books and seven articles/symposia in the field of public policy and administration.

Prior to his 30-year career in academia, Dr. Nufrio worked in the federal government including the Executive Office of the President, Housing and Urban Development, and the National Bureau of Standards. He also was an organizational development specialist for Kaiser Permanente of California.


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