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Research Fellows

 Aleksandr V. Gevorkyan, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Economics in Department of Economics and Finance of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University in New York City and a Vincentian Research Fellow at the Vincentian Centre for Church and Society. Dr. Gevorkyan also serves as Economics Subject Matter Expert for the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See To the United Nations in New York. Additionally, Dr. Gevorkyan has worked as a Visiting Research Fellow at the Central Bank of Armenia. Dr. Gevorkyan’s extensive teaching and research experience covers themes in macroeconomic policy, economic development, international financial economics, labor migration, sovereign debt, commodities markets, and post-socialist transition economics. Dr. Gevorkyan is a co-editor (with Otaviano Canuto of the IMF) of Financial Deepening and Post-Crisis Development in Emerging Markets (forthcoming with Palgrave MacMillan in 2016). He is also the author of Innovative Fiscal Policy and Economic Development in Transition Economies (Routledge, 2013 in paperback; 2011 in hardcover). Learn more about Dr. Gevorkyan


Sven Horak, Ph.D.

Sven researches in the field of international business and management. His research interests include the analysis of informal social network structures, socio-cultural aspects of management and business ethics in an international context. His recent studies have addressed, among other things, the impact of variables related to cultural context on managerial decision-making behavior, analyzed through a cross-cultural experimental research design, the dynamics of formal-informal institutional interactions and their co-evolution in transitional as well as advanced economies, challenges to social responsibility and sustainability, and questions concerning ethical behavior within informal social network structures in an international business context. Sven worked for several years in the East Asian automotive industry, managing operations for the Bosch Group in Tokyo, Seoul, and Stuttgart. Before joining Tobin, he was a post-doctoral fellow and research associate funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG) at the Institute of East Asian Studies (IN-EAST) and the Mercator School of Management at the Duisburg-Essen University in Germany. Learn more about Dr. Horak


Charles Michael Andres Clark, Ph.D.

Dr. Clark is currently: Senior Fellow, Vincentian Center for Church and Society; and Professor of Economics St. John’s University. He earned a B.A. from Fordham University and both an M.A. and Ph.D. from the New School for Social Research, writing his dissertation under the supervision of Robert Heilbroner.   Dr. Clark has been Visiting Professor of Economics at University College Cork, Ireland and the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas (Angelicum), Rome.   Dr. Clark is on the Academic Advisory Board for Social Justice Ireland.  He has conducted research for the Irish Government, the Conference of the Religious of Ireland Social Justice Commission, and many community groups, and advises the New York City Police Benevolent Association; the Holy See Permanent Mission to the United Nations and is an advisor to the United States Conference of Catholic Bishop’s Committee on International Justice and Peace.  He was a Delegate for the Holy See Permanent Mission to the United Nations for the United Nation’s High Level Meetings on the Financial Crisis.  He is currently working with Catholic Relief Services and University of Dayton’s Human Rights Center on Forced Labor/Modern Slavery in Brazil.

He came in 246 in Real World Economics Review 2006 reader’s poll of the “Greatest 20th Century Economists” (tied with four Nobel Laureates and GK Chesterton).

He is the author of Economic Theory and Natural Philosophy (1992), Pathways to a Basic Income (with John Healy) (1997); Basic Income: Economic Security for All Canadians (with Sally Lerner and Robert Needlham) (1999), The Basic Income Guarantee: Ensuring Progress and Prosperity in the 21st Century (2002) and Rich and Poor (with Helen Alford, OP) (2010) and the editor of History and Historians of Political Economy (1994); Institutional Economics and the Theory of Social Value (1995); Unemployment in Ireland (with Catherine Kavanagh) (1998), and Rediscovering Abundance, (with Helen Alford, Steve Cortright and Mike Naughton) (2006).  He has lectured widely in the United States and Europe.  He has over 130 publications on: economic policy; poverty and income inequality, the history of economic thought and Catholic social thought.  Dr. Clark has been President of Association for Evolutionary Economics and the Association for Institutionalist Thought.  In 2005 he received the Vincentian Mission Award (St. John’s).  The son of two librarians, Dr. Clark lives on Long Island (where he was born) with wife Dr. Lisa McCarthy Clark.  They have three grown children. Learn more about Dr. Clark


Cynthia Phillips, Ed.D.

Cynthia Phillips is an Associate Professor in the Department of Accounting and Taxation in the Peter J. Tobin College of Business at St. John’s University with responsibilities for teaching courses in financial and managerial accounting, cost accounting, and governmental and nonprofit accounting. Prior to her faculty appointment in fall 2012, Dr. Phillips served as Associate Dean for Planning, Finance, and Accreditation in the Tobin College of Business. Dr. Phillips worked as an internal auditor and management accountant in the investment banking industry prior to joining St. John’s University in 1989.

Dr. Phillips’ research and teaching interests converge around managerial accounting and governmental and nonprofit accounting. She conducts research related to education finance, governance, and policy in public school districts and institutions of higher education and has numerous conference presentations and peer-reviewed journal publications on these topics. Dr. Phillips also conducts research on corporate social responsibility and the role of business in alleviating poverty as well as pedagogical research centered on active learning and the flipped classroom. She has been recognized for excellence in teaching by her students and excellence in research by her faculty colleagues and has recently been appointed as a fellow in the Tobin College Center for Global Business Stewardship.

In addition to her teaching and research activities, Dr. Phillips is an inaugural member of the St. Johns’ Chapter of the Ladies of Charity where she serves as the organization’s Treasurer, is an active member of the President’s Multicultural Advisory Committee, and serves on the Preserving the Vision Education Commission for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn. Dr. Phillips holds an Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership and an M.B.A. in Finance from St. John’s University and a B.B.A. in Accounting from Hofstra University and is a Certified Public Accountant in New York State. Learn more about Dr. Phillips                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Abraham Stefanidis, Ph.D

Dr. Abraham Stefanidis is an Associate Professor in the Management Department of the Peter J. Tobin College of Business. He earned his Ph.D. from the Athens University of Economics and Business in Athens, Greece. Dr. Stefanidis has received several honors and awards internationally, including a ‘European Commission Marie Curie Research Fellowship’ in 2008, the ‘Emerald/EMRBI Business Research Award for Emerging Researchers’ in 2011, the ‘John W. Dobbins Professor of the Year Award’ in 2013 and the second place in the ‘Academy of Management Carolyn Dexter Awards’ in 2016. His research is in the area of International Management and it appears in academic journals such as the Journal of Business Ethics, the International Journal of Human Resource Management, the Thunderbird International Business Review and the Teaching and Teacher Education. Dr. Stefanidis is the Associate Editor of the academic journal International Studies of Management and Organization.