FAU Experts Available to Speak on Coronavirus and its Impact Worldwide

FAU Experts Available to Speak on Coronavirus and its Impact Worldwide

March 4, 20202 min read

Coronavirus has now earned global attention and Florida Atlantic University experts are available to speak with media about the impact of coronavirus on areas related to this worldwide epidemic, including hospitality, tourism, employment sick leave, and politics.


If you are a journalist covering the progress of this virus and how it is impacting various sectors and segments of society – then let us help with your stories, questions and ongoing coverage.


LeaAnne DeRigne, Ph.D., MSW, associate professor in FAU’s Phyllis and Harvey Sandler School of Social Work


LeaAnne DeRigne is an expert on paid sick leave and its impact on the health and financial security of individuals, families and public health in general. Her recent research on the importance of paid sick leave benefits has received wide press coverage,and has been cited around the country by policy makers, lobbyists, and advocates pushing cities and states to mandate sick leave coverage. Key findings from the study, which are representative of the nation, showed that regardless of income, age, race, occupation, full-time or part-time work status, health status or health insurance coverage, workers without paid sick leave were three times more likely to delay medical care than were workers with paid sick leave. She also conducts research on other workplace benefits such as flexible work, vacation time and pensions.


Peter Ricci, clinical associate professor and director of the Department of Marketing and Hospitality Management in FAU’s College of Business

Peter Ricci is a hospitality industry veteran with more than 20 years of managerial experience in segments including food service, lodging, incentive travel, and destination marketing. While filling the role of hotel general manager for almost a decade, Ricci served as a part-time educator before entering academia full time as both a clinical associate professor and administrator.


Kevin Wagner, Ph.D., professor and chair of FAU’s Department of Political Science in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters


Kevin Wagner’s research and teaching interests include presidential and judicial politics, political behavior and legislative behavior. He is also a research fellow of the FAU Business and Economics Polling Initiative (BEPI). Wagner has lectured extensively on American politics and has served as an expert in many leading newspapers including the New York Times, Boston Globe, New York Newsday, the Dallas Morning News, and the Miami Herald. He has been featured as the political analyst for CBS 12 in West Palm Beach and on national television including NBC’s “Today.

All of the experts listed above are ready and available to speak with media. To arrange an interview simply click on an expert’s profile or email Lisa Metcalf at lmetcalf@fau.edu.

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  • Kevin Wagner, Ph.D.
    Kevin Wagner, Ph.D. Professor and Department Chair

    Kevin Wagner's research and teaching interests include judicial politics, political behavior and legislative behavior

  • Peter Ricci, Ed.D.
    Peter Ricci, Ed.D. Clinical Professor and Director

    Peter Ricci is an expert in food service, lodging, incentive travel, and destination marketing.

  • LeaAnne DeRigne, MSW, Ph.D.
    LeaAnne DeRigne, MSW, Ph.D. Associate Professor

    LeaAnne DeRigne's area of research expertise is in paid sick leave, flexible work, vacation time, and pensions.

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