Professional Activity

The School of Business and Economics has Two New Additions for the 2016 Fall Semester


Sergio Canavati

New additions to Sonoma State University’s School of Business and Economics are bringing new Entrepreneurship and International Finance expertise into the mix. Dr. Ramya Ghosh, an international finance expert and Dr. Sergio Canavati an authority on entrepreneurship and innovation, have been added to the roster of business and economics faculty. The new hires are part of a continuous improvement effort to expand curriculum offerings and faculty thought leadership.

“As the School of Business and Economics makes gains at home and abroad for its innovation in management education, the additions of Dr. Ghosh and Dr. Canavati make our priority clear to grow entrepreneurial initiatives in engineering, physics, education, and business administration.” says William Silver, dean of the School of Business and Economics. “The additions will provide students a diverse perspective of international finance and its impact on our economy and economies everywhere.”


Ramya Ghosh

Professor Ghosh has expertise in capital flows, capital controls, exchange rate and monetary policies. Prior to joining Sonoma State University, he taught at Drexel University in Sacramento, the University of California, Irvine and California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. Prior to teaching he worked as a consultant for the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund in Washington D.C.

Professor Canavati joins Sonoma State University from the University of Missouri-Kansas City and California State University, Los Angeles. His expertise includes building and executing entrepreneurship and innovation programs, including venture incubation, certificate and mentorship programs, financialization of businesses, entrepreneurial cognition, corporate governance, product platforms and corporate social responsibility.

Additional faculty movements include the promotion of Dr. Kyuho Lee and Dr. Merlin Hanauer to Associate Professor, and Dr. Michael Visser, Chair of the Department of Economics, to full professorship. Tracy Navas, former coordinator of student support services, was promoted to Academic Advisor.

For more information regarding new faculty appointments and faculty research in the School of Business and Economics, visit