The Banta Center Team

Meet the leadership team for the Banta Center for Ethical and Purposeful Leadership.

Headshot of Carlo CarrascosoCarlo Carrascoso
Professor and Director, Banta Center for Ethical and Purposeful Leadership
Phone: 909.748.8887

Dr. Carlo Carrascoso received both his Ph.D. in Business Administration and MBA from the University of Virginia Darden School of Business. He teaches courses on business ethics, stakeholder theory, corporate social responsibility, and ethical/legal environments of business. He serves as the Director of the Banta Center for Ethical and Purposeful Leadership, the University of Redlands’ forum for conversation, inquiry, and debate on ethical and purposeful leadership as the foundation for excellence in individual and organizational decision-making.

Prior to his work at the University of Redlands School of Business & Society, Carrascoso was a Research Analyst for a European investment bank, where he covered the property and retail sectors. During his graduate studies, he worked with top business ethicists in the field and did his dissertation on the context, drivers, and consequences of small firm internationalization. He has written manuscripts with various co-authors on working professional student success and decision-making to be submitted for review at various academic journals.

Headshot of Neena GopalanNeena Gopalan
Professor and Associate Director, Banta Center for Ethical and Purposeful Leadership
Phone: 909.748.8041

Neena Gopalan holds an M.S. and Ph.D. in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Kansas State University. She also holds an MBA from the University of Madras, India, and an M.A. from the University of Hull, United Kingdom. She has industry work experience before joining academia.

Gopalan teaches courses in leadership in the MSOL program and management/organizational behavior in both undergraduate and graduate programs within the School of Business & Society. Her research primarily focuses on immigration, leadership, and work-family interface topics. She is actively involved in multiple research projects with collaborators, both within and outside the U.S., and she incorporates a variety of research methods, including multi-wave data and diary studies. She is the recipient of the University of Redlands Faculty Review Committee awards for Outstanding Service as well as Excellence in Research.

Headshot of Riaz TejaniRiaz Tejani
Phone: 909.748.8534


Riaz Tejani holds a Ph.D. in social anthropology from Princeton University and a J.D. from the USC Gould School of Law, where he was a Fellow at the Center for Law, History, and Culture. His work investigates the interaction of legal and business ethics with emphasis on race and class inequality, access to justice, and higher education.

Tejani’s first book, Law Mart: Justice, Access, and For-Profit Law Schools (Stanford, 2017), is an ethnographic account of for-profit legal education during and after the global financial crisis. His second book, Law and Society Today (University of California, 2019), critically surveys contemporary themes in socio-legal studies after “law and economics.” Tejani sits on the National Advisory Council of the nonprofit research center Law School Transparency, and his recent articles have appeared in American Ethnologist, UC Irvine Law Review, and Political and Legal Anthropology Review. His research has been cited or reviewed in venues that include the Harvard Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum, Annual Review of Law and Social Science, The Nation, Huffington Post, Salon, and NPR. His past research affiliations include the École Normale Supérieure-Ulm and the United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization in Paris, France. Before joining the University of Redlands School of Business & Society, Tejani was on faculty at the University of Illinois Springfield, where he was a 2017 recipient of the Outstanding Faculty Award for teaching. In 2020, for his work on law and marketization, he was awarded the University of Redlands’ Outstanding Faculty Award for research.