New York City Program

Karen Prentice-Duprey
(on behalf of the Program Administrator and Directors)

Erol M. Balkan, Professor of Economics
(315) 859-4180

Daniel Chambliss (Director, Spr '16) Derek Jones (Director, Fall '16)
Naomi Guttman (Director, Spr '17) Erol M. Balkan (Director, Fall '17)
Patrick Reynolds (Director, Spr '18)

Future Programs

Fall 2016

Topic:  Global Labor Markets

Director: Derek Jones, Professor of Economics
Phone:  315-859-4183
Email:  djones@hamilton.edu

In a dynamic and globalizing world, labor markets are experiencing profound changes. The structure of employment is continuously affected by technical change in the new economy. Employers seek to adjust their preferred skill mixes. Employees must choose appropriate levels of education and seek firms that provide preferred types of training. We will study these and similar questions using New York City as a resource for learning about these issues. Course work will focus on labor economics and employment and labor relations, and will include several field trips and guest lecturers.

Prerequisites: Economics 101-102 are required.

College 395: Seminar: Labor Economics

Examination of selected theoretical and empirical questions concerning the labor market. Applications will focus on New York City. Topics to include: what are labor markets?; who participates in the labor market and how intensively? Labor demand; human resource and compensation systems in different sectors; labor unions in the private and public sectors; regulated and unregulated work in NY city; unemployment; membership in labor unions; economic effects of unions. Prerequisite 102. Economics concentrators and minors may receive one credit equivalent to Economics 370 toward their concentration or minor.

College 398  Hamilton in New York: Employment and Labor Relations in the Global City

An introduction to issues in the broad field of employment and labor relations. Definitions, methods and evolution of the field. The employment relationship and major institutions. Job security, working conditions, work-life balance, human resource management policies, including methods of compensation. Field trips to sites and cases to illustrate key historical events and contemporary issues.

College 396: Independent Study

A tutorial resulting in a substantial paper (30 pages) that integrates experience and learning from the internship with an academic perspective and knowledge gained in the seminars or other tutorial readings.

College 397: Internship

Work experience during four days a week that includes a journal or written account of that experience.

Spring 2017

Topic: Eating the Big Apple:  Global Food and Food-writing in New York City

Naomi GuttmanDirector: Naomi Guttman, Professor, Literature and Creative Writing
Email: nguttman@hamilton.edu

The focus of this semester will be on the study of food culture, policy, production, distribution, marketing, and consumption in the global marketplace of New York City. An emphasis will be placed on New York as not only a “food-city” in terms of creativity, labor, consumption, and publishing, but also an important center for shaping the direction of national and global food policy. Field trips, courses, and independent studies will focus on New York and its place as a cross-roads of food culture, food policy, and food advocacy.

Seminar on Food and Globalization in New York

A landing point for waves of immigrants and a port city critical to international food trade and tourism, New York is a stew of many spices. It is also the home of many local, state, national, and international food-policy organizations. Students will read various texts and watch relevant films on the impact of globalization on agriculture, food-policy, and food industries, and examine issues such as labor, sustainability, fair trade, and nutrition, and hunger.

Special Topics

Food-writing in and around the city. A course in which students read and discuss food-writing and write essays about food in the grand “pantry” of New York. Students will contribute to a weekly blog based on their reactions to readings and their own experiments in food-writing.


Students will receive credit for working 4 days a week in a media organization, an agency, or an advocacy group that relates to food; they will post weekly synopses of their experiences on Blackboard.

Independent Study

Students will contract with the director to pursue an independent project under the director’s supervision. Depending on individual interest, students may organize to have professors from other departments be secondary advisors and readers for their projects.  The final result will be a substantial piece of work (20-30 pages) for college credit. Upon petitioning the relevant department, students may receive concentration credit for their work.

Prerequisite:  Any literature course.

Fall 2017

Topic:  Global Financial Networks

Erol BalkanDirector: Erol Balkan, Professor of Economics
Phone: 315-859-4180
Email: ebalkan@hamilton.edu

New York City has long been one of the financial centers in the global economy. Financial service activities of all kinds tend to be very strongly concentrated in key metropolitan centers like New York City, London and Tokyo. These form a complex network spanning national boundaries and connecting major cities around the world. By several indicators such as the volume of international currency trading, volume of foreign financial assets and the number of headquarters of the large international banks, New York City is one of the most important centers for global financial activities. The focus of our semester will be the study of global financial networks.

College 395 Global Financial Networks

(Pre-Requisite Econ 102)
The major financial markets are more closely integrated today than they ever were in the past. The recent developments in information and communications technologies increased the globalization of financial markets and at the same time allowed the development of a whole new range of financial instruments known as derivatives. Deregulation and financial liberalization of different financial markets also gave an immense impetus to financial integration. Market liberalization affected interest rate ceilings, reserve requirements and barriers to geographical expansion, which in turn stimulated free international movement of capital.

This course covers a broad range of theories and issues in global finance, including the evolution of the current global financial markets, balance of payments problems, exchange rate determination and currency markets, financial and currency crisis, international capital flows, international banking, and macroeconomic policies in an open economy.

College 398 Seminar in Global Processes: Political Economy of Globalization

Foundational course of the Program in New York City. Critical examination of some of the global issues and challenges considered from a political economy perspective. Issues to include economic globalization, the role of basic international economic organizations (IMF, World Bank, WTO), the development and significance of global neo-liberalism, political and cultural globalization, ecological sustainability and global financial crisis. The course is organized around readings, class discussion, films, guest discussion leaders, and field trips in New York City.

College 396 Independent Study

A tutorial resulting in a substantial paper that integrates experience and learning from the internship with an academic perspective and knowledge gained in the seminars or other tutorial readings.

College 397 Internship

An Independent Study supervised by the director of the Program in New York City and based on an internship with a firm, organization, agency or advocacy group appropriate to the theme of course.


Spring 2018

Topic:  TBA
Patrick D. Reynolds  Director: Patrick Reynolds, Professor of Biology
  Phone:  315-859-4601
  Email:  preynold@hamilton.edu


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