Fresh faces – some of SPEA’s new faculty members
Alejandro Arrieta, Assistant Professor, Indianapolis
Research Interests: Health economics, health care utilization and quality, health care finance, and public and private health care systems in Latin America.
Before: Was a Research Fellow at the Inter-American Development Bank, and an Excellence Research Fellow at the Institute of Health at Rutgers University
Also: Earned his Bachelor’s degree in Economics from the Catholic University of Peru, his Master’s in Finance from the University of the Pacific in Peru, and his Ph.D. in Economics from Rutgers University
Reading: The Tango Singer by Tomas Eloy Martinez
Daily Web fix: Google news
Alfredo Minetti, Visiting Lecturer, Arts Administration, Bloomington
Research Interests: Social dynamics of music: How music groups organize themselves, their social aesthetics, how they foster creativity, how different music styles and genres are embodied by individuals, audience development, and arts organizations.
Before: Courses in Social Aesthetics, the Anthropology of Music, Theory and Method in the Social Sciences
Also: Was born in Uruguay and grew up in Brazil. He has a background in music (piano) and has performed in venues throughout Brazil and the USA. Teaches “Theory of Material Culture” every summer at the National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, for students in the Master's Program in Archaeology.
Reading: A biography of Argentinean tango composer and performer Astor Piazzolla, Astor Piazzolla: A Memoir, by Natalio Gorin.
Daily Web fix: www.todotango.com/english/home.asp
Meili Niu, Visiting Associate Professor, Indianapolis
Research Interests: Public budgeting and financial management and comparative public administration.
Before: Taught public budgeting and research methodology at Sun Yat-Sen University in China.
Also: Is currently an associate professor of the School of Government at Sun Yat-Sen University, in Guangzhou, China.
Reading: The Dream Merchant of Lisbon, by Gene Coyle. It has been a long time since I have read espionage novels. I recently met the author, a very interesting gentleman, who enriched my understanding of the story. It is so fantastic and realistic.
Daily Web fix: www.washingtonpost.com; www.dwnews.com
Justin Ross, Assistant Professor, Bloomington
Research Interests: Public economics, urban/regional economics, spatial econometrics, applied microeconomics, quantile regressions, public finance, political economy, and game theory.
Before: Was an economics instructor at West Virginia University and research assistant for the Bureau of Business and Economic Research.
Also: Has been cited for his economic commentary in popular media outlets such as The St. Louis Post-Dispatch, BusinessWeek Online, and the Associated Press.
Reading: The Invisible Hook: The Hidden Economics of Pirates by Peter Leeson, and The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki.
Daily Web fix: I have a rotation of blogs maintained by other economists I really enjoy.
Wenli Yan, Assistant Professor, Bloomington
Research Interests: Public finance, financial management and public budgeting. Research focuses on the relationships among revenue structure, revenue volatility and debt finance of public and nonprofit organizations.
Before: Worked on my Ph.D. at the Martin School of Public Policy and Administration at the University of Kentucky.
Also: Research has been published in Public Budgeting and Finance and in Public Finance Review
Reading: The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, by Stephen R. Covey
Daily Web fix: weather.yahoo.com; www. CNN.com
Farewell – faculty retirements
Dr. Randall Baker retired in 2008. Randall was appointed to the SPEA faculty in 1985, where he devoted much of his time to developing and enhancing the School’s international programs.
Dr. Michael E. Gleeson retired in 2008. Mike joined the SPEA IUPUI faculty in 1979, most recently serving as the coordinator of the Indiana Leadership Seminar.