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Dr. Matti Joutsen
Director of International Relations, Ministry of Justice, Finland
Dr. Rob McCusker
Director, Centre for Fraud and Financial Crime, University of Teesside, UK
Vor Broker Family Professor of Political Science, Duke University
Melanie Manion studied philosophy and political economy at Peking University in the late 1970s, was trained in Far Eastern studies at McGill University and the School of Oriental and African Studies at the University of London, and earned her doctorate in political science at the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on contemporary authoritarianism, with empirical work on bureaucracy, corruption, information, and representation in China. She is the recipient of numerous research awards, including awards from the National Science Foundation, Fulbright Foundation, Social Science Research Council, and American Council of Learned Societies. Her newest research, in collaboration with Charles Chang, analyzes state management of the social media in China. Her newest book, Information for Autocrats (Cambridge University Press, 2015), examines representation in Chinese local congresses. Previous publications include Retirement of Revolutionaries in China (Princeton University Press, 1993), Corruption by Design (Harvard University Press, 2004), and Chinese Politics: New Sources, Methods, and Field Strategies (edited with Allen Carlson, Mary Gallagher, and Kenneth Lieberthal, Cambridge University Press, 2010). Her articles have appeared in journals including American Political Science Review, Comparative Political Studies, and China Quarterly. She is an award-winning teacher.
Vincenzo Musacchio graduated in Law in 1992 at "Teramo University” with the highest grades and publication of thesis in the Criminal Law Journal directed by Gian Domenico Pisapia. Professor of criminal law at various italian universities recently at the High School of Education Council Presidency in Rome. He currently holds the position of Chairman of the Regional Anti-Corruption Commission of Molise. He has worked with UE on fraud and corruption in Europe. He is member of the scientific committee of several national and international criminal law reviews. He participated in the Commission for the Reform of the Criminal Code (Commission Vassalli). He worked for the European Union Council in the field of human trafficking. He collaborated with the Brazilian Criminal Law Institute in an international project on the relationship between the economy and organized crime in the European Union (IBCCRIM). Is a special expert in criminal law and corruption of the Council of Europe.
Associate Professor of Political Science, Mississippi State University
Dr. Radin got the Ph.D in Political Science from University of North Texas. Her areas of specialization include comparative politics, health policy, and democratization of Central and Eastern Europe. She has published her work, including on corruption, in the Social Science and Medicine, East European Politics and Society, International Political Science Review, and others.
José G. Vargas-Hernández
Research Professor, University of Guadalajara
Dr. Vargas-Hernández got his PhD in Public Administration from Columbia University and his PhD in Economics from Keele University, England. He has participated in more than 200 international academic events and in more than 500 national events. Published four books and more than 200 papers in international journals and reviews (some translated to English, French, German, Portuguese, Farsi, Chinese, etc.) and more than 300 essays in national journals and reviews.
Associate Professor, University of Science and Technology of China
Dr. Wei received his PhD in Management Science and Engineer from University of Science and Technology of China. His primary research interests are risk and crisis management, sustainable development in China, information management.
Assistant Professor, University of Hong Kong
Dr. Zhu got her Ph. D of Political Science from Northwestern University. Her research interest lies in Chinese political economy, especially corruption and anticorruption in China.
Professor/President, Seoul National University/Korean Social Science Research Council
Dr. Jung has served as senator of SNU, trustee of the Hansung University, president of the Korean Association for Public Administration (2001) and the Korea Institute of Public Administration (2006-2009), executive member for the IPSA’s Research Committee on Globalization and Governance and the Japanese Association for the Study of Political Society, and council member of the ASPA’s Section on Chinese Public Administration.
Assistant Professor of Policy Studies, VCU Wilder School
Dr. Farmanesh received his PhD in Policy Studies from the University of Maryland, College Park. His research interest includes enabling policy environments, applied business and quantitative ethics (e.g., illicit financial flows, anti-money laundering, and business bribery), and the application of data mining in the social sciences context under the brand of “insighti.ca.”
Australian National University
School of Law, Rutgers University
Virginia Commonwealth University
Maynard-Knox Professor of Government and Law
Professor ARC Center for Excellence in Policing and Security
Australian National University
The Urban Institute
Professor/Senior Economist, Human Development Study
Escuela Superior de Economia y Negocios/ United Nations Development Program/ El Salvador
Associate Professor of Law
Nyron N. Crawford
Assistant Professor, Department of Political Science
National University of Singapore
City University of Hong Kong
Center for Risk Assessment and Security Studies, New Bulgarian University, Sofia
Instructor in Finance
Edward G. Hoseah
Prevention and combating of Corruption Bureau (PCCB), Tanzania
Professor of Law
New York University, School of Law
Charles A Dana Professor of Political Science
Centre for Criminal Justice Studies, School of Law, Unviersity of Leeds
University of Kent, United Kingdom
Tony Kwok Man-wai
International ANti-corruption Consultant
Reader, Public Policy and Governance
Australian National University, Australia
PhD, Research Assistant
School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University-Newark
Shiu-Hing Sonny Lo
University of Waterloo, Canada
William B. Magrath
Lead Natural Resources Economist
The World Bank
Director, Centre for Fraud and Financial Crime, Teesside University
Teesside University and Australian Institute of Criminology
Associate Investigator, ARC Centre of Excellence in Policing and Security, RegNet, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
ADFA-University of NSW, Australia
European Union Rule of Law Mission, Kosovo
Global Witness, United Kingdom
Sofia Unbiversity "St. Kliment Ohridski"
Suzanne J. Piotrowski
School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA), Rutgers University-Newark
Distinguished Professor of Law, Emeritus
School of Law
University of California, Irvine
Jon S.T. Quah
Associate Dean for Professional Education and Director of the Institute for Professional Education
The University of Queensland, TC Bernie School of Law, Australia
Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics
Suffolk University, Sawyer Business School
Academy of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Republic of Belarus
Professor and Queen Elizabeth II Fellow
Griffith University, Australia
Professor and Chair
Department of Criminology and CJ, University of Maryland
Executive Director, Investigation Division
Independent Commission Against Corruption, Australia
Executive Director of the Corruption Prevention Division
Independent Commission Against Corruption, Australia
International Consultant, Visiting Fellow
National Institute for Governance, University of Canberra, Australia
Adjunct Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology
John Jay College of Criminal Justice (CUNY)
Vice President/Business Risk and Control Senior Manager
Cortese joined the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) as a special agent and was eventually promoted to FBI Headquarters where he became a Supervisory Special Agent (SSA) in the Public Corruption Unit, the FBI’s number one criminal priority program. Following his many years of dedicated public service, Cortese transitioned to the private sector where he accepted a role working in risk management. He has since been published numerous times and has provided extensive onscreen/on-air analysis, for multiple outlets, as a law enforcement analyst and student of corruption.
We are writing to ask if you wish to be an Associate of the new Rutgers Institute on Anti-Corruption Studies (RIACS) at the School of Public Affairs and Administration, Rutgers University at Newark.
We are hoping to build a multi-disciplinary and multi-national network that will focus on research, education, and course development.
The network of Associates will be a gathering of scholars and practitioners working in the field of corruption studies, and in particular on combating corruption. The main purpose is to develop a critical mass of people working in this area who can exchange ideas and come together as opportunities arise to work collaboratively on projects and provide educational opportunities.
Our website provides various resources for educators, practitioners, and citizens. We are continuously revising and adding substance to our new site, and we hope your participation will strengthen it.
Associates will have a central forum on our website upon which to post their material. It may be of assistance to others in this field. If you have any resources that you would like to place on our website, we would be most happy to consider them. We have a review process before posting materials.
Associates do not receive any remuneration for their participation. The rewards are not financial, but rather the opportunity to share knowledge, develop knowledge collaboratively and contribute best ideas and practices.
We hope that you will join us in this new venture. If you would like further information please contact RIACS Director Dr. Yahong Zhang at firstname.lastname@example.org
Yahong Zhang, PhD
Associate Professor and RIACS Director
School of Public Affairs and Administration (SPAA)