Charles A. Brown

Assistant Dean for Diversity Programs
RBS Office of the Dean - Student Development Center
Rutgers Business School–Newark and New Brunswick

Key topics: Diversity and diversity programs, community engagement, underrepresented student populations, business education partnerships, black male achievement

Charles A. Brown oversees a portfolio of programs that helps with the recruitment, development, and retention of underrepresented students populations. With a passionate, dynamic, and relevant style, Charles is able to engage diverse audiences in…

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Paul Gottlieb

Associate Professor and Extension Specialist
Agricultural, Food, and Resource Economics
School of Environmental and Biological Sciences

Key topics: Urban sprawl; SmartGrowth; growth management; "growth vs. environment"; regional planning; zoning and local land use policy; property tax reform; differences in economic welfare between suburbs and central cities; regional and city development; agriculture in New Jersey

Paul D. Gottlieb, Ph.D. is Associate Professor of Agricultural, Food and Resource Economics at the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences. He is also an extension specialist, with college-wide responsibilities related to smart growth,…

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James Hughes

University Professor
Heldrich Center for Workforce Development
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Key topics: Demographics and housing, regional and New Jersey economics, community development patterns

James W. Hughes, Ph.D., is a nationally recognized expert who has presented extensive budgetary and economic testimony before New Jersey state legislative committees. He has also provided countless policy briefings on demographics, housing, and…

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Lenna Nepomnyaschy

Associate Professor
Department of Social Work
School of Social Work

Key topics: Child support; Nonresident fathers; Fathers' involvement with children; Poverty and social policy; Child well-being; Single-parent families; Material hardship; Food insecurity; Economic insecurity; Income & wealth inequality; Health disparities; Infant health; Parental debt

Lenna Nepomnyaschy is an associate professor at Rutgers School of Social Work. She received her PhD from Columbia University in 2003 and an MSW from Rutgers in 1991. Her research is broadly focused on how poverty, inequality, and social policies…

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Arturo Osorio-Fernandez

Assistant Professor
Management and Global Business
Rutgers Business School-Newark and New Brunswick

Key topics: Creative class, social entrepreneurship, urban entrepreneurship, social and economic renaissance, entrepreneurship base socioeconomic development, urban revitalization, business and communities, entrepreneurship and under-served populations, entrepreneurship and Hispanic minorities

Arturo Osorio-Fernandez, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Department of Management and Global Business. He is also a fellow at the Center for Urban Entrepreneurship and Economic Development (CUEED). There he works with members of the…

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Debra Palmer

Extension Specialist Nutritional Science
Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension

Key topics: Nutrition education for people of limited resources, food safety, household food security, obesity

Debra Palmer, Ph.D., is a nutrition specialist whose research interests surround issues related to the effective delivery and evaluation of nutrition education for limited-resource people. 

Palmer is the state's Expanded Food…

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Meredeth Turshen

Professor Emerita
Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy

Key topics: Gender & sexuality; violence against women; Violence against women in the new African wars; African child poverty: the gender dimension; Race relations, gender, and violence in the Congo

Meredeth Turshen is Professor Emerita; she taught at Rutgers University for 35 years. She has written six books, Women's health movements: a global force for change (2019, 2007), The political ecology of disease in Tanzania (1984), The politics…

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Abigail Williams-Butler

Assistant Professor
School of Social Work

Key topics: Child and adolescent development; the child welfare system; the juvenile justice system; racial disparities within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems; intersectionality within the child welfare and juvenile justice systems

Abigail Williams-Butler received her PhD from the University of Michigan in the Joint Social Work and Developmental Psychology program. Her research agenda is informed by her practice experience as a residential counselor for adolescents with…

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