Raphaele Chappe

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Raphaele Chappe

Assistant Professor of Economics

Areas of expertise: finance, private equity, hedge funds, political economy, monetary policy


Raphaele Chappe is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Drew University. She is also an economic advisor for The Predistribution Initiative, a multi-stakeholder project to develop new investment structures that share more economics with workers and communities, with a focus on private equity. Raphaele also helped co-found the SMBX, a fintech marketplace for "small business bonds”. In 2019, she received a Research Fellowship from the Open Society Foundations. In a prior life she has also worked as a tax attorney on Wall Street (in her last position at Goldman Sachs). Raphaele received her doctorate in economics from The New School for Social Research and an LL.M. from New York University.

Maliha Safri

Chair and Associate Professor of Economics

Areas of expertise: Community and solidarity economies, migration, political economy


Maliha Safri’s areas of expertise are political economy, community and solidarity economies and migration. She has published journal articles, book chapters and book reviews, made dozens of conference presentations and won both a National Science Foundation grant and the Julie Graham Writing Fellowship (twice). She is a member of the N.Y.C. Worker Cooperative Development Initiative and leads its research team. Maliha is fluent in English, Gujarati and Spanish and proficient in Urdu and French. She earned a PhD and MA in economics from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and a BA in economics from Knox College.