MPA Faculty

Health Administration Faculty

MPA Faculty

Lawrence Becker, Ph.D.

Lawrence Becker is a professor in the Department of Political Science at California State University, Northridge. He teaches a variety of American political courses, including the American Presidency, the Legislative Process, and Political Parties and Elections. In addition, Dr. Becker teaches courses on policy and administration in the MPA and PSM programs.

Dr. Becker's main research interests center on the link between legislative procedures and policy outcomes. His book, Doing the Right Thing, was published by the Ohio State University Press in 2005, and studies four cases in which Congress utilized tailor-made procedures to overcome collective action problems. He is currently working with Dr. Cahn on a co-authored book examining the tension between science and democracy in regulatory politics. Dr. Becker received his B.A. (1991) from the University of California, San Diego and his M.A. (1996) and his Ph.D. (2001) from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst.

Maurice Bishef, Ph.D.

Maurice Bisheff has worked in and with the public, private, and nonprofit sectors throughout his career in teaching and public service. At the University of Southern California's School of Public Administration, he consulted with municipal departments with the Center for Training and Development, was an associate director with its Gaming-Simulation Group for 15 years, and co-developed and taught classes on Urban Policymaking and Strategic Planning in the Public Sector. He also taught classes in Public Administration and Society, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Designing, Public Policymaking Processes, Organization Development in the Public Sector, and Group and Intergroup Relations.

He is a consultant to the San Ani group, which is designing for-profit, replicable water management and community development systems for poor, third world communities, employing requisite organizational theory as a critical component. He teaches Public Administration and its Environments, Organization Theory and Human Behavior, and Strategic Management in the Public Sector for CSUN.

Matthew Cahn, Ph.D.

Matthew Cahn has been a professor at California State University, Northridge since 1991. Over the years he has taught at several universities in the southern California region, including as Visiting Professor of Public Policy at UCSB's Bren School of Environmental Science and Management and as Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies at the University of Southern California.  He is currently Administrative Fellow in the Dean's Office in the College of Social and Behavioral Sciences at CSUN.

His research interests include environmental management, public policy and California Studies. He is currently working on a book titled Linking Science to Decision Making in Environmental Policy: Bridging the Disciplinary Gap.  This project examines the tensions between science and policy using the question of marine protected areas in the Channel Islands National Marine Sanctuary (CINMS) as a case study. Dr. Cahn served as Chair of the Marine Reserve Science Advisory Panel working with the CINMS process from 1999-2001 and served as a member of the Sanctuary Advisory Council from 1998-2004. The CIMNS resides within NOAA in the U.S. Department of Commerce. His most recent books include Public Policy: The Essential Readings (2nd ed 2012), Rethinking California: Politics and Policy in the Golden State (2nd ed 2009), and Strategic Planning in Environmental Regulation: A Policy Approach that Works (2005). 

In the MPA Program, Dr. Cahn teaches the Seminar in Public Administration and Its Environment, Research Methods, Public Policy Analysis and Organizational Leadership. He received his Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Southern California.

Sharon Caudle, Ph.D.

Dr. Caudle is Distinguished Policymaker in Residence, the Bush School, Texas A & M University. She has extensive federal government experience with the Government Accountability Office, the Department of Agriculture, and the Office of Management and Budget as well as state government experience with the Nevada Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Caudle has also authored numerous articles and book chapters on topics ranging from performance management to homeland security. She earned her master's and doctoral degrees in public administration from The George Washington University. She also holds a master's degree in homeland security and homeland defense from the School of International Studies, Naval Postgraduate School, in Monterey, California.

Tom Hogen-Esch, Ph.D.

Tom Hogen-Esch received his Ph. D. in political science from the University of Southern California in 2002. His teaching interests include U.S. and California Government, Public Policy and Administration, Race and Ethnic Politics, and Urban Politics. Along with Terry Christensen, Professor Hogen-Esch is the author of Local Politics: A Practical Guide to Governing at the Grassroots (M.E. Sharpe 2006). He has also published articles in California Journal of Politics and Policy (2011), A Companion History to Los Angeles (2010), Urban Affairs Review (2006; 2001), California Politics and Policy (June 2004), and California Policy Issues Annual (March 2003). He is working on an article examining political corruption in the city of Bell, California. His dissertation, "Recapturing Suburbia: Urban Secession and the Politics of Growth in Los Angeles, Boston, and Seattle" explored issues of governance, social movements, and urban fragmentation. From 1997-1999, he held a staff position for the Los Angeles Elected Charter Reform Commission. He is regularly quoted in the media on Los Angeles and California government. Professor Hogen-Esch can be reached by phone at (818) 677-3484 or by e-mail at

Sarmistha R. Majumdar, Ph.D.

Sarmistha Majumdar has a doctoral degree in public administration from the School of Public Affairs and Administration of Rutgers University, New Jersey. She specializes in policy analysis and program evaluation and teaches graduate level classes in public policy, program evaluation and research methods. Her research focus is on policies related to transportation, environment, energy and public involvement in decision making. She has published in various peer reviewed journals, written book chapters, presented at conferences, served as a speaker in national webinars and received grant funding for research from local, state and federal government. Recently, she has published a book titled, ‘The Politics of Fracking: Regulatory Policy and Local Community Responses to Environmental Concerns,’ which is part of Routledge’s Research Series. She is actively involved in professional organizations, serves in various committees and boards and has also served as a Chapter President and Section Chair of the American Society for Public Administration.

Henrik Minassians, Ph.D.

Henrik Minassians is the director of Regional/National Educational Partnerships & Services for Graduate & Professional Educational Services and Programs at The Tseng College, California State University, Northridge. He also teaches courses in Public Policy and Administration at CSUN. His research interests include implementation and evaluation issues in higher education and health care policy. His research has focused on accountability programs in higher education and the effectiveness of indicators used for performance measurement. Dr. Minassians has written on the implementation of public programs in higher education and health care.

Before coming to CSUN, Dr. Minassians worked as a senior research associate for the higher education program at the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government, New York. Recent publications include: Performance Reporting: "Real" Accountability or Accountability "Lite" (2003); Reporting Higher Education Results: Missing Links in the Performance Chain (published by Jossey-Bass, 2002); State Performance Reporting Indicators What Do They Indicate? (In Planning for Higher Education, 2002); Performance Reporting: The "No Cost" Accountability Program, (2002); Linking State Resources to Campus Results: From Fad to Trend, (2001); Performance Funding and Budgeting: An Emerging Merger? (2000); and Myths and Illusions: The Media and AIDS Policy (with Stella Theodoulou, 1996); "Good Cities and Healthy Communities in the United States" Journal of Urban Design and Planning (with Zeynep Toker)(Accepted for publication in October 17, 2011); Core Concepts in American Government: What Everyone Should Know The chapter titled "Bureaucracy" (with Lawrence Becker) (accepted for publication in fall of 2010).

He has had the experience working for public agencies as well as not-for-profit organizations. In addition, he taught public policy and American politics courses at State University of New York-Albany. He currently teaches public policy classes for the MPA program. Henrik holds a Ph.D. in public policy from the Nelson A. Rockefeller College of Public Policy and Affairs at the University at Albany-SUNY.

Ravi Roy, Ph.D.

Ravi Roy holds a B.A. in political science from the University of California, Los Angeles (College of Honors); an M.A. in public policy from Claremont Graduate University in Claremont, California; and a Ph.D. in political science (with a concentration in comparative political economy/public policy), also from Claremont Graduate University. He was also a post-doctoral fellow at the Claremont Institute for Economic Policy Studies.

Ravi is also a research fellow at the Orfalea Center for Global and International Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Prior to his CSUN appointment, he was director of the Master's Program in International Development in the School of Global Studies at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia.

In addition, Ravi has written or co-written three books and was the lead editor on a fourth, which focused on the role of ideas and mental models in shaping people's discrete understandings of the choices available to them and how these, in turn, inform their various policy preferences.

Lonce Sandy-Bailey, Ph.D.

Lonce Sandy-Bailey is an Assistant Professor of Political Science at Shippensburg University in Pennsylvania. He conducts research and teaches courses in American Politics, Political Development, and Public Administration. He teaches courses in Shippensburg's MPA program in the areas of public budgeting, organizational theory, public policy, and bureaucratic theory. His research interests include parties and elections, democracy, as well as the federal budgetary process. Additionally, he is the Academic Director for the United States Department of State's Study of the U.S. Institute on American Politics and Political Thought (SUSI). In this position he manages a summer institute for a wide range of international academics studying American politics. Previously, he was the Senior Manger for the University of Massachusetts Civic Initiative, a democracy research and education program, where he managed multiple grant programs. Outside of the academy, he has held a variety of political and administrative positions. He has worked at every level of government in several states including California, Massachusetts, and Virginia. In California he served as the Chief of Staff for a member of the Monterey County Board of Supervisors. A native of California, he holds a BA from U.C. Irvine, a MA from the University of Virginia, and a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Amherst.

Laura Myerchin Sklaroff, M.A.

Laura Myerchin Sklaroff received her master's degree (2006) in Applied Psychology with a concentration in Evaluation from the Claremont Graduate University. Her bachelor's degree (2004) is in Psychology & Women's Studies from Guilford College, NC and she studied community programs at Queen's University, Belfast, NI. Her research focus is on the implementation and evaluation of patient-centered, information technology-based, health care interventions, first as coordinator of the nationally recognized research network, LA Net, and now with The Ambulatory Care Network: Research and Innovation, Los Angeles County Department of Health Services. She is particularly interested in factors that influence how patients value health care. Additional research by Ms. Sklaroff has examined the influence of religion on valuing a community program and the interaction of mind, diet, and exercise on health and quality of life. Ms. Sklaroff is a member of several professional evaluation associations and teaches an evaluation course at California State University, Northridge.

Zeynep Toker, Ph.D.

Zeynep Toker has been working with communities in different cultural settings helping them have a say in shaping their built environments. Her experience of working with communities includes projects such as Pacoima Wash and Mixed-use Development and Aliso Canyon Park in Los Angeles; Designing Dynamic Environments for the Performing Arts in Cambridge, UK; Sandhills Community Center in Spring Lake, North Carolina; and Laguna Child and Family Education Center in Laguna, New Mexico. She has also designed and participated in research projects utilizing different methodologies with quantitative and qualitative methods of data collection. Her research agenda focuses on spatial representations of cultural, social and gender identities in everyday lives of individuals and communities, both placeless and place-bound.

Dr. Toker received her Bachelor of City and Regional Planning degree in 1998 and her Urban Design Master's degree in 2000 at Middle East Technical University, Turkey. After she received her Ph.D. in Community and Environmental Design at North Carolina State University in 2004, she completed her post-doctoral studies in the Department of Architecture at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Steven Wantz, M.P.A.

Professor Steven Wantz is the Manager of Fiscal and Administrative Services in the County Executive Office (CEO) for County of Ventura. He is responsible for the fiscal management of the CEO Department's general operations, Internal Service Funds, and program and grant operations. Professor Wantz has 21 years experience in local government public budgeting and fiscal administration as well as 6 years experience as an affiliated faculty member with the MPA program at California State University Northridge.

Wantz teaches Public Budgeting and Financial Administration for the CSUN MPA program. He received his Master of Public Administration (MPA) degree from California State University, Northridge; his B.A. in economics from California State University, Long Beach; a Certificate in School Business Management Practices from Pepperdine University; and a Local Area Network (LAN) Specialist Certificate; University of California, Santa Barbara; 1997.

Dariush Zahedi, Ph.D.

Since 2001, Dariush Zahedi has taught a diverse array of Middle East related courses for the Departments of Political Science, Political Economy, and Peace and Conflict Studies as well as the Boalt Hall School of Law at UC Berkeley. He has published two books on Iran, and his articles have appeared in the New York Times, Los Angeles Times, Foreign Affairs, Foreign Policy, International Journal of Middle East Studies, Harvard Middle Eastern and Islamic Review, and Middle East Policy, among others. His knowledge of the political economy and business milieu of the Middle East and North Africa, however, is not purely academic. He has worked for an investment bank in Dubai and Iran's largest private mining corporation. In his capacity as an analyst for the investment bank, he traveled widely throughout the region, and became intimately familiar with various sectors of the region's economies as well as impediments to equitable growth and democratization. Zahedi has also worked both as a businessman and an academic in Turkey. He gained first hand understanding of the region's politicized judicial processes in 2003, when he was arrested and imprisoned in Iran, and charged with seeking to undermine the national security of the Islamic republic through espionage. He represented himself at the revolutionary court, and was subsequently acquitted of all charges. Dr. Zahedi's PhD (1998) is from University of Southern California in political science, and he was a Post-doctoral Fellow at the Center for Middle Eastern Studies at Harvard University for several years.

Health Administration Faculty

Louis Rubino, Ph.D., FACHE

Leadership in Health Administration Practice (HSCI 513)

Dr. Rubino was a health care executive before he moved into full-time academic work 15 years ago. He has more than 20 years of practitioner experience in overseeing hospitals, clinics and nursing homes in Southern California. Dr. Rubino continues to serve the region's health care community as a governing board member of St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, as well as on various local advisory boards. He is a longtime Fellow in the American College of Health Care Executives.

Dr. Rubino has a passion for global health matters, and his research focuses on comparison studies of health care administration in the U.S. and China. He has published and presented extensively, both nationally and internationally. Most recently, Dr. Rubino served as co-editor and co-author of two chapters in New Leadership for Today's Health Care Professionals: Concepts and Cases (Jones & Bartlett, 2013).

Dr. Rubino earned his Master of Science degree in Health Care Management from California State University, Los Angeles. His Master of Public Administration (MPA) and Ph.D., Public Administration degrees are from the University of Southern California.

Stephan Chung, Ph.D.

Systems for Health Delivery in the U.S. (HSCI 510)

Dr. Chung has taught both undergraduate and graduate courses in the fields of U.S. health systems and policy for more than 20 years. Dr. Chung’s research focuses on U.S. health policy and issues related to long-term care organizations, including racial disparities in hospice care and caregiver situations. He has been involved in health care-planning consultation with hospices, nursing homes, hospitals and state agencies. Before coming to CSUN, Dr. Chung was chair and program director of a Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)-accredited program at Governors State University, Illinois. While there he also served as research director of RIMI (Research Infrastructure in Minority Institutions), whose research resulted in the establishment of GSU’s Institute on Aging (IOA).

Dr. Chung received his Ph.D. in Health Policy and Planning from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Salvador Esparza, DHA, RN, FACHE

Change Management in Health Care Organizations (HSCI 613)

Dr. Esparza's research is on comparison studies of nurse-staffing and patient-care outcomes in the hospital setting. His areas of focus include strategic planning in health care organizations as well as organization and leadership development for effective change. His most recent publication credits are as co-editor and co-author of two chapters in New Leadership for Today's Health Care Professionals; Concepts and Cases (Jones & Bartlett, 2013).

Dr. Esparza earned his Master of Science in Health Administration at California State University, Northridge, and his Doctor of Health Administration at the Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston.

Frankline Augustin, D.P.P.D., M.S.H.A.

Health Services Administration Theory and Practice (HSCI 511)

Prior to joining CSUN's Health Administration faculty in 2009, Dr. Augustin acquired more than ten years of management experience in educational administration, developing and implementing a successful educational pipeline program to improve the diversity of the health care workforce. She is currently a board member of Meet Each Need with Dignity (M.E.N.D), a safety net that provides medical, dental and vision care; emergency food; clothing; job skills training; and job placement assistance to the neediest residents in California's San Fernando Valley.

Dr. Augustin's research focus is on facilitating the professional competence of current and future health care administrators with an emphasis on attitudes about the elderly and their cultural competency. Her study also examines how the diversity of the health care workforce can be strengthened through educational pipeline programs.

Dr. Augustin earned her Master of Science in Health Administration from California State University, Northridge, and her Doctor of Policy, Urban Planning and Development degree from the University of Southern California.

Brian T. Malec, Ph.D.

Seminar in Health Care Organization (HSCI 523)

Dr. Malec has served as both Chair of the Department of Health Sciences and Program Director of Health Administration at CSUN. His teaching involves the integration of a wide range of health care disciplines to achieve effective and efficient health care delivery. Dr. Malec's Seminar in Health Care Organization focuses on interdisciplinary subjects that help tie together the complex world of health care delivery. His extensive experience with and knowledge of the clinical, legal and health-policy considerations that affect health care delivery make him the ideal leader for this seminar course.

Dr. Malec is a project leader, content developer and task-force member of the Health Information Management Systems Technology and Analysis (HIMSTA) project, which is dedicated to the development and ongoing refinement of the information systems technology curriculum for Graduate Education Programs in Health Administration.

He has also delivered presentations on health policy and information technology at numerous conferences.

Dr. Malec earned his Master of Arts in Economics at Northern Illinois University and his Ph.D. in Economics at Syracuse University.