Maxwell Welcomes Eight New Faculty Members

“I am enormously pleased to introduce to the Maxwell School the following new faculty members who are joining us this month,” announced David M. Van Slyke, Dean of the Maxwell School of Citizenship and Public Affairs. “I have no doubt their dedication to academic excellence and citizenship will further our School’s distinguished record. I hope you will join me in warmly welcoming them to the Maxwell School and to Syracuse University.”

Mengxiao (Michelle) Liu, Assistant Professor, Economics

Mengxiao Liu comes to Syracuse from the University of Toronto where she will defend her dissertation in November 2016. Her research interests focus on the organizational behaviors of multinational forms, more specifically, when do firms integrate one another, and when do they choose outsourcing/arm’s length transaction. Liu teaches trade at the undergraduate level. 

Áron Tóbiás, Assistant Professor, Economics
Áron received a PhD in economics from Yale University in 2016. His research interests lie at the intersection of microeconomic theory, public finance, and political economy. Áron’s recent work analyzes how free movement of labor across borders affects governments’ tax policies. His teaching experience includes graduate level microeconomics, introductory macroeconomics, and undergraduate tutoring. 

Tessa Murphy, Assistant Professor, History

Tessa earned a PhD in Caribbean-Atlantic history from the University of Chicago. Her research and teaching interests lie in the history of the colonial Americas, broadly defined to include the Caribbean, Central and South America, and what are now Canada and the United States. Her research has been supported by a number of institutions, including the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, France’s Institut National d’Études Démographiques, and the John Carter Brown Library.

Julia Carboni, Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs

Julia joins Syracuse University from the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs and the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, where she taught courses on nonprofit management and governance and food assistance policy.  Her research is focused on collaborative governance arrangements designed to address large-scale social issues. Julia serves on national committees for several professional associations including the Academy of Management, Association for Research on Nonprofit Organizations and Voluntary Action, and American Society for Public Administration.  She also serves on the National Advisory Board for the Indy Food Council, a food policy council in Indianapolis, IN. Julia received a PhD in management from the University of Arizona.

Katherine Michelmore, Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs
Katherine comes to Syracuse from the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan where she was a postdoctoral fellow. Her research interests focus on the interaction of public policies and family structure, family demography, and access to higher education. Katherine previously worked as a research assistant at the Urban Institute specializing in Social Security reform policy and forecasting changing demographic patterns in the U.S. Katherine holds a PhD in policy analysis and management from Cornell University.

Michah Rothbart, Assistant Professor, Public Administration and International Affairs
Michah comes to Syracuse from New York University’s Wagner Graduate School of Public Service where he was a fellow at NYU's Pre-Doctoral Interdisciplinary Research Training Program (NYU-PIRT), a graduate assistant at the NYU Institute for Education Policy (IESP), and an adjunct lecturer of public administration. His research interests are in education policy and local public finance, particularly focusing on resource allocations in education funding. Michah previously served as the director of research and evaluation at the Office of Postsecondary Readiness in the N.Y.C. Department of Education and before that as an Oak Ridge Fellow in the U.S. Department of Commerce: Economic Development Administration. He received a PhD in public administration and policy from New York University.

Edwin Ackerman, Assistant Professor, Sociology

Edwin received a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2016. His research explores how interactions between state and civil society shape the formation of political identities and has appeared in Ethnic and Racial Studies, the Journal of Language and Politics, Contexts, Jacobin, among other publications. Edwin is the recipient of the Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship (National Academy of Sciences), the American Sociological Association's Minority Fellowship, and the Multi-Country Research Fellowship (Council of American Overseas Research Centers).

Nazanin Shahrokni, Assistant Professor, Sociology
Nazanin comes to Syracuse from the American University of Beirut where she was Mary Fox Whittlesey Chair and visiting assistant professor of sociology. Prior to that she was a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Academy for International and Area Studies, where she developed her book manuscript entitled The State and the Paradox of Gender Segregation in Iran. Nazanin’s research interests include gender, political sociology, urban studies, qualitative research methods, sociological theory, comparative sociology, and Middle East studies. Prior to pursuing an academic career, she worked as a journalist for Zanan, a prominent feminist monthly in Iran, and Women Living Under Muslim Laws, an international solidarity network. Nazanin received a PhD in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley in 2013.