Dr. Monica Escaleras - Director of the BEPI

Monica Escaleras

Professor and Director of the Business and Economics Polling Initiative

Academic Degrees

  • Ph.D. in Economics, Florida International University, 2003
  • M.S. in Agricultural Economics, University of Florida, 1996
  • B.S. in Business administration, Wesleyan College, 1991


Monica Escaleras, Ph.D., is a professor of economics, and the founder and director of the Business and Economics Polling Initiative (BEPI) in the College of Business at Florida Atlantic University.

The Initiative provides a laboratory for students to learn all aspects of survey research process from data collection up to presentations at professional conferences. Through hands-on activities, BEPI offers students the opportunity to develop new skills that help them in their professional development. In addition, results of the polls are regularly featured in several leading media outlets such as the Sun Sentinel, Washington Post, MSNBC, Reuters and MarketWatch – giving significant exposure to FAU. Escaleras also serves in the South Florida Culture Platform Steering Committee and supervises graduate students’ research projects. In 2016, Dr. Escaleras received the FAU National Alumni Association Degree of Difference Award and was a finalist for the FAU Distinguished Teacher of the Year award.

Dr. Escalera's scholarship focuses on natural disasters and political economy and her research has been published in numerous journals, including the Journal of Public Economics, Canadian Journal of Economics, Public Choice and Southern Economics Journal. She teaches Macroeconomics and Money and Banking.

Dr. Escaleras earned her bachelor’s degree from Kentucky Wesleyan College, her master’s degree from the University of Florida and her Ph.D. in Economics from Florida International University. Prior to joining Florida Atlantic University, Dr. Escaleras was an Assistant Professor at College of Charleston.



Eric Levy

Instructor and Assistant Director of the Business and Economics Polling Initiative

Academic Degrees

  • Economics, University of Florida
  • M.S. in Economics, Florida Atlantic University, 2003
  • B.S. in Economics, State University of New York at Albany, 2000
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Mr. Levy is a member of the American Association for Public Opinion Research (AAPOR), and is certified in Human Subject research by the Collaborative Institutional Training Initiative (CITI). For the last eight years, he has specialized in strategic communication crafting campaign messages for candidates and issues throughout the country. His use of automated polling has revolutionized political campaign communication message strategies.




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