Economics

​Economics searches for an economic understanding of contemporary environmental problems. Economic theory is used to explain why there is inefficient resource use and pollution. Public policy to correct environmental problems is examined critically, looking at the costs and benefits of such programs as Superfund cleanup, government regulation, and market incentives. The course also studies the effect of environmental problems and policies on wealth distribution, economic growth and international relations. 54 hours lecture.

Faculty

Dr. Asatar Bair

Asatar Bair (Ph.D., University of Massachusetts Amherst) has taught economics since 2001, at RCC and City College of San Francisco. He has worked as Executive Director of a non-profit. His focus is political economy; he has written a book entitled “Prison Labor in the US: An Economic Analysis,” (Routledge, 2008) and has contributed some 200 articles on the US economy to Austria’s financial weekly The Boursen-Kourier.

Office:  Quad 239D
Telephone:  951-222-8293
Email:  Asatar.Bair@rcc.edu

 

Dr. Amber Casolari

Amber Casolari (Ph.D., University of California, Riverside) has taught economics at Riverside City College since 2005.  She teaches principles of macroeconomics and microeconomics, economics of personal decision-making and poverty and inequality.  Her fields of specialization are economic development, money and financial institutions, and political economy.  Prior to RCC, Dr. Casolari taught at the University of California, Riverside, California State Universities, Fullerton and San Bernardino, Pitzer College, and Glendale Community College.  She has published a textbook entitled “The 1st Chapter:  Foundations of Economic History and The History of Economic Thought” as well as numerous articles on topics such as U.S. public assistance programs, the wage gap, microfinance, and economic education.  Before her graduate studies, Dr. Casolari worked as the Federal Funds accountant for a banking institution.

Office:  Quad 23D
Telephone:  951-222-8137
Email:  Amber.Casolari@rcc.edu​

 
Geography

​The interacting physical processes of air, water, land, and life that impact Earth’s surface. Topics include weather and climate, the water cycle, landforms and plate tectonics, and the characteristics of plant and animal life. Emphasis is on interrelationships among systems and processes and their resulting patterns and distributions. There is a heavy emphasis on maps as descriptive and analytical tools. 


Faculty

Dr. Jay Boshara

Jay Boshara was educated at Ohio University and the University of Iowa.  As primarily a cultural geographer (though he’s also interested in meteorology), his main interest is in the political economy of natural resource development, especially water and petroleum/natural gas.  Before coming to RCC in the Fall of 2016, Jay taught at universities in Cyprus, Turkey, Ohio, Iowa, and at CSUSB.  Before he undertook graduate studies, Jay worked in legislative politics in Washington, D.C.

Office:  Music Annex 110
Telephone:  951-222-8245
Email:  Jay.boshara@rcc.edu

 

Dr. James Hayes

James Hayes (PhD, Indiana University Bloomington, 2008). Dr. Hayes’ teaching interests and focus are in physical geography, environmental sustainability, and geospatial technology. His areas of specialization are 1) how society interacts with and modifies the natural environment, and 2) how that interaction can be studied using field techniques, geospatial technology, and quantitative analysis. Dr. Hayes has published articles on human-environment interaction in the Midwest, Rock Mountains, California, and the Caribbean.

Office:  Quad 21A
Telephone:  951-222-8728
Email:  James.Hayes@rcc.edu​



Political Science

​Economics searches for an economic understanding of contemporary environmental problems. Economic theory is used to explain why there is inefficient resource use and pollution. Public policy to correct environmental problems is examined critically, looking at the costs and benefits of such programs as Superfund cleanup, government regulation, and market incentives. The course also studies the effect of environmental problems and policies on wealth distribution, economic growth and international relations. 54 hours lecture.

Faculty

Dr. Dariush Haghighat

Dari

ush Haghighat (Ph.D., University of California at Riverside) has taught Political Science first as Part time at UC Riverside, Cal State Fullerton, Fullerton College, Mt San Antonio College and then as a Full time Faculty member since 1988 at the Riverside Community College District. Since 1992 has served as the Chairperson of the Economics, Geography and Political Science department at Riverside City College and the District Political Science Discipline Coordinator. On 2008 was elected as the district wide President for the Riverside Community College Faculty Association and was reelected to that position four additional terms. 

Was awarded the rank of Full Professorship on March 2010. Serves as the Advisor for the renowned Riverside Community College District Model United Nations.

Office: Quad 209
Telephone:  951-222-8262
Email:  Dariush.Haghighat@rcc.edu

 

Dr. Ward Schinke

Office:  Quad 239B
Telephone:  951-222-
Email:  Ward.Schinke@rcc.edu

 

Dr. Mark Sellick 

Mark Sellick (Ph.D., University of California, Irvine) has taught political science at RCC since 2006. He teaches courses in American Politics, Law and Politics, and Political Theory. Prior to coming to RCC, he taught a variety of classes in political and social theory at the University of California, Irvine, San Diego State University and Chapman University. His focus is political theory and his dissertation work examined the nature of the relationship between cognitive, social and interaction structures in the development of political cognition. ​


Office:  Quad 214C 
Telephone:  951-328-3756
E-mail: Mark.Sellick@rcc.edu​