Faculty Highlights

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Michael Brogan, Program Director

Associate Professor of Political Science (Ph.D., Graduate Center, City University of New York)
Dr. Brogan’s research interests focus on political behavior at times of crisis, forecasting and environmental politics, including security aspects. His latest book, Modern Budget Forecasting in the American States: Precision, Uncertainty and Politics, was published in 2013 by Lexington Books. He also has published numerous peer-reviewed articles and book chapters.

William Amadio

Professor of Information Systems (Ph.D., The Polytechnic Institute of Brooklyn in New York City)
Director of Rider’s Center for Business Forensics, Dr. Amadio is an award-winning teacher, author and consultant with more than 35 years experience in the IT industry. A data-mining specialist, he is the inventor of The Exploration Engine, an advanced search technology designed for litigation support and business intelligence. His past projects include work in forensics, investment banking, manufacturing and insurance.

Gary Brosvic

Professor of Psychology (Ph.D., American University)
Dr. Brosvic is an experimental psychologist specializing in the biological bases of sensation and animal learning. He serves on the Board of Directors of the International Children’s Aid Foundation (ICAF), which operates exclusively in the orphanages, abandoned baby units and homes for the irrecoverables in Romania. Dr. Brosvic directs the ICAF’s Bright Beginnings program, which focuses on teaching orphanage workers how to nurture early childhood development skills.

James Ottavio Castagnera

Associate Provost and Legal Counsel for Academic Affairs (J.D. and Ph.D. in American Studies, Case Western Reserve University)
Jim Castagnera, a former Coast Guard officer and a disabled veteran, has published two books and several scholarly articles on the topics of counter-terrorism law and lone-wolf terrorists.  A former Academic Fellow on Terrorism of the Foundation for Defense of Democracies in Israel, his administrative duties at Rider University include regulatory affairs and risk management responsibilities directly related to the safety and security of the institution.  His teaching includes "Hate Crimes in America" and "Counter-Terrorism Law."

Barbara Franz

Professor of Political Science (Ph.D., Syracuse University)
Dr. Franz’s research interests juxtapose the phenomenon of mass migrations and refugee movements and what they mean for security and stability of nations, the increasing potential of culture clashes within societies, and the root causes of violence, terror and genocide. Dr. Franz has published extensively on security issues in such journals as New Political Science Journal of Ethnic and Migration Studies, European Journal of Women Studies, Feminist Review, AWR Bulletin and International Studies Perspectives.

Harvey R. Kornberg

Associate Professor of Political Science (Ph.D. Brown University) A specialist in U.S. constitutional law, civil liberties and civil rights, Dr. Kornberg teaches courses at Rider on criminal law and procedure, and on the role of judges in law and politics. The former chair of Rider’s Department of Political Science, Dr. Kornberg is a member of the University’s Law and Justice Committee and he serves as director of the Julius and Dorothy Koppelman Holocaust/Genocide Resource Center at Rider University.

Jonathan Mendilow

Professor of Political Science (Ph.D., The Hebrew University in Jerusalem)

Dr. Mendilow is the chairman of the International Research Council on Political Finance and Political Corruption. He is London born and Israeli trained. A recipient of the British Academy Award and a Fulbright Scholar, he has published extensively in political theory and comparative politics. Dr. Mendilow is a former visiting professor at the University of Southern California and visiting scholar at Yale University, and has held teaching positions at the University of Tel Aviv and University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg. Additionally, he is the former manager of public relations for the city of Jerusalem.

Dr. Mendilow’s latest book, Corruption in the Contemporary World: Theory, Practice, and Hotspots, was published by Lexington Books in 2014. His research interests include Middle Eastern politics, political

Frank Rusciano

Professor of Political Science (Ph.D. University of Chicago)
Dr. Rusciano’s interests include American and comparative politics, and political communication with an emphasis on communications in times of crisis and ethnic violence. Currently director of Rider’s Global Studies Program, Dr. Rusciano has authored numerous books, articles and book chapters. In 2012, he spent four months conducting research on conflict resolution and world opinion in Northern Ireland as recipient of the prestigious Fulbright – University of Ulster Policy Studies Award. The author of Global Rage after the Cold War (Palgrave, 2006), Dr. Rusciano recently completed a book on world opinion and the Northern Ireland peace process.

Arthur Taylor

Associate Professor of Information Systems (Ph.D., Rutgers University)
Dr. Taylor’s research interests include information quality, technology innovation in business, web application development and computer security. Prior to joining the Rider University staff, he worked as a computer consultant, developing computer database applications. He has published numerous papers, including “Information Quality and Truth: Consumerism, Deception and the Postmodern Age.”