Coronavirus Crisis

Coronavirus Crisis Coronavirus Crisis

March 20, 20203 min read

As the COVID-19 pandemic grows in the United States, Hofstra University experts in numerous disciplines are available to discuss how the outbreak is affecting many parts of daily life, including in areas such as:


--Public health professors Anthony SantellaMartine Hackett, and Corinne Kyriacou, are available to discuss the latest guidelines regarding limiting groups and maintaining social distance, as well as updates on the scope of the outbreak and the impact on an aging population.  

--Professors at the Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell who are available include Joanne Willey, chair of science education. 


--Public health professor/infectious diseases expert Anthony Santella is offering free, live webinars now through mid-May with medically accurate, age-appropriate information about COVID-19 for elementary school children as well as high school students – registration available through More than 1,000 people have registered so far. 


--Meena Bose, political science professor and director of the Kalikow Center for the Study of the American Presidency, can offer perspective on crisis leadership in the presidency.   

--Craig Burnett, political science professor, can discuss how coronavirus fears and social distancing may affect in-person vs. mail-in voting at upcoming primaries and other political events. He can also discuss the role COVID-19 may play in voters’ choices in the 2020 presidential election, based on results from the latest Kalikow School Poll at Hofstra University.

--Lawrence Levy, executive dean of the National Center for Suburban Studies at Hofstra University, can discuss the contrasts between the federal and state governments’ handling of the coronavirus crisis, and the potential impact on suburban voters in the 2020 election.  

--Tomeka Robinson, rhetoric and public advocacy professor, and Kara Alaimo, political public relations professor, can discuss the effectiveness of coronavirus messaging and information dissemination, and the differences in how various politicians and government leaders (including Pres. Donald Trump, NY Gov. Andrew Cuomo, NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, and Dr. Anthony Fauci of the National Institutes of Health) have communicated with the public about the crisis.  


Professor Mary Anne Trasciatti, director of the Labor Studies program, is available to discuss the impact of coronavirus restrictions on the workforce, particularly thousands in service industries who have been laid off.   




--Herman Berliner, economics professor and Provost of Hofstra University, and Anoop Rai, professor of finance, can discuss stock market fluctuations, fears of a recession, and the impact on the economy.   

--Business and marketing professor Anil Mathur can discuss impact on retail.  

 --Kaushik Sengupta, chair of the Department of Management and Entrepreneurship, associate dean of the Business Graduate Education, and director of the Online MBA Program, is an expert in the areas of operations and supply chain management. He can discuss the impact coronavirus is having on the global supply chain. 




--Psychology professors William Sanderson and Mitchell Schare can discuss how to manage anxiety during the crisis as well as the long-term emotional toll of prolonged self-isolation/quarantine.   

--See also Dr. Sanderson’s article last weekend in Psychology Today about how coronavirus challenges “our ability to manage the worst of our human nature.”  

--Marriage and family therapist Teresa Grella-Hillebrand can discuss how to help children and other family members cope with disappointment over cancelled athletic games, vacations, performances, and other events.   




--Janet Lenaghan, dean of the Zarb School of Business, can discuss human resources issues such as the increased move to telecommuting.  

--Global public relations professor Kara Alaimo can discuss the best (and worst) ways for companies to communicate coronavirus concerns and policies with employees.  



Public relations professor Kara Alaimo and rhetoric and public advocacy professor Tomeka Robinson, director of Hofstra’s speech and debate team, can discuss Trump’s recent references to COVID-19 as “the Chinese Virus,” which they say promotes xenophobia and is a deliberate attempt to shift blame for the pandemic and economic fallout to the Chinese government. 



--School of Education professor and former NYC high school teacher Alan Singer can discuss the impact of school closures and disruption of the educational process across the state. 

--Roberto Joseph, associate professor of teaching, learning and technology, can discuss the widespread move to distance/online learning, and how students, teachers, and parents can make it a more meaningful learning experience.  




Janet Dolgin, professor of health care law at Hofstra’s Deane School of Law, can discuss how the virus has strained the legal system and spurred lawsuits related to inadequate protections, quarantine powers, and insurance issues.   




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  • Anthony Santella
    Anthony Santella Associate Professor, Public Health

    Professor Santella is a public health educator with specialties in sexual/LGBTQ health, dental health, and HIV research.

  • Meena Bose
    Meena Bose Professor of Political Science

    MEENA BOSE is Executive Dean of Hofstra University’s Peter S. Kalikow School of Government, Public Policy and International Affairs

  • Mary Anne Trasciatti
    Mary Anne Trasciatti Professor of Rhetoric and Public Advocacy

    Dr. Trasciatti is the Director of Labor Studies. She also studies the role of public protest in social advocacy and building community.

  • Janet Lenaghan
    Janet Lenaghan Dean, Frank G. Zarb School of Business; Professor of Management and Entrepreneurship

    Professor Lenaghan's research focuses on human resource management, specifically work-family conflict and employee benefits.

  • Roberto Joseph
    Roberto Joseph Associate Professor of Teaching, Learning and Technology

    Specialist in Technology in the Classroom

  • Tomeka Robinson
    Tomeka Robinson Professor of Rhetoric & Public Advocacy

    Dr. Robinson is an expert on effective public debate as well as health communication. She directs Hofstra's award-winning forensics team.

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