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USC Marshall Welcomes New Faculty Members

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August 22, 2017
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The USC Marshall School of Business welcomes 19 scholars to its faculty this fall, adding to an existing group of established and renowned teacher-scholars and practitioners.  

“The caliber of senior faculty who have chosen to make USC Marshall their home, and the exceptional promise of our new junior faculty, is evidence that Marshall’s academic reputation continues to climb,” said Nandini Rajagopalan, vice dean for faculty and administrative affairs for USC Marshall. “We could not be more proud to welcome this group of leading scholars into the Trojan Family.”

Please welcome the following new faculty members, listed here in alphabetical order:

Jacob Bien joined the USC Marshall Department of Data Sciences and Operations as assistant professor in the statistics group this summer. Bien earned his Ph.D. in statistics in 2012 from Stanford. Before joining Marshall he served on the faculty of Cornell, in the departments of Statistical Science and of Biological Statistics and Computational Biology. His research interests include using convex optimization to develop new statistical methodology with theoretical guarantees, modeling dependence in high-dimensional data, statistical machine learning and applied statistics. He has published in the Journal of the American Statistical Association, Annals of Applied Statistics, Journal of Machine Learning Research and other leading journals.

Lindsey Bier joins USC Marshall as assistant professor of clinical business communication. Bier recently earned her Ph.D. in communication and information from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Her research explores global intercultural communication with a focus on the Pacific Rim and “nation branding.” Through her dissertation, “Understanding the Impact of Cultural Mediators on Country Identity and Country Image: The Case of Vietnam,” she established an affiliation with Hue University and Vietnam National University faculty in Vietnam. Prior to her academic career, Bier was a high school teacher and later, during her studies, an adjunct faculty member at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.

Annie Chen comes to USC Marshall as clinical assistant professor for the Department of Data Sciences and Operations. She recently earned her Ph.D. at MIT, where she was also a teaching assistant for classes including Intro to Operations Management, Nonlinear Programming and Design and Analysis of Algorithms. Her research interest is in large-scale discrete optimization methods, including mixed integer programming heuristics, approximate dynamic programming and simulation-based optimization. Her research focuses on applications in online-retail inventory management, which draws from her work experience at Amazon.com and Walmart eCommerce.

Patricia (Patty) Dechow joins USC Leventhal as a full professor of accounting from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley, where she was the Donald H. and Ruth F. Seiler Professor in Public Accounting. Prior to 2007, she was associate professor and the Carleton H. Griffin-Deloitte & Touche LLP Collegiate Professor of Accounting at the University of Michigan Business School. From 1992 to 1997, Patty was the Anheuser-Busch Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1993.

Daniel Fehder joins the USC Marshall faculty as assistant professor of management and organization, after recently completing a post-doc at Rice University. He has a Ph.D. in technological innovation, entrepreneurship and strategic management from MIT. His research contributes to the strategy and entrepreneurship literatures, explaining the design and impact of startup accelerators on entrepreneurial firms’ access to resources in a particular region. Fehder’s research has been published in journals including Applied Economics, Harvard Business Review and Science.

Carolin Fleischmann joins USC Marshall as assistant professor of clinical management communication in spring 2017. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Bamberg, Germany. Her dissertation, “The Process of Interculturalization in Creativity-Generating Multicultural Teams: A Theory-Based Model and an Empirical Analysis,” (in German language) was in cooperation with Daimler Mercedes-Benz. Fleischmann specializes in intercultural management and team communication, creativity and language. Her research focuses on intercultural communication in business and organizational communication utilizing both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

“The caliber of senior faculty who have chosen to make USC Marshall their home, and the exceptional promise of our new junior faculty, is evidence that Marshall’s academic reputation continues to climb. We could not be more proud to welcome this group of leading scholars into the Trojan Family." --Nandini Rajagopalan, Vice Dean for Faculty and Administrative Affairs, USC Marshall School of Business

Marco Giacoletti joined the USC Marshall Department of Finance and Business Economics as assistant professor this summer. Giacoletti recently earned his Ph.D. in finance from Stanford. Giacoletti’s research interests lie in asset pricing, household finance and macroeconomic finance. His current research emphasis is in empirical asset pricing with a focus on risk in housing prices and household portfolio decision making. 

Mark Griffiths joins the USC Marshall Department of Finance and Business Economics as a senior lecturer. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Western Ontario and holds an MBA in finance from York University. Griffiths specializes in the areas of portfolio management, money market microstructure and financial risk management. From 2004 to 2016, he was the Jack Anderson Professor of Finance at Miami University’s Farmer School of Business. Griffiths has published numerous articles in academic journals including the Journal of Business, Journal of Finance and Journal of Financial Economics. He has already taught several FBE courses for Marshall as an adjunct.

Veronica (Yijia) Guo joins USC Marshall as assistant professor of clinical business communication. Guo recently earned her Ph.D. in communication at the University of Oklahoma. Her dissertation, “Hidden Tensions: A Cross-cultural Comparison of International Companies’ Employees Nested Identities,” focuses on employee tension management in the U.S. and China. Her work reflects her particular interest in interdisciplinary research approaches to examine communication issues related to socialization, conflict management and leadership.

Susan Harmeling is joining USC Marshall as visiting associate professor of clinical entrepreneurship for the 2017-18 academic year. She is a tenured associate professor of management at Howard University. She earned her Ph.D. in entrepreneurship and business ethics at the University of Virginia. She also holds an MBA from Harvard Business School. Harmeling’s research focuses on topics such as the role of contingency in the entrepreneurial process, how entrepreneurship education shapes the identity of participants, and the related debates on values and opportunities in ethics and entrepreneurship research. Her work has appeared in journals including Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, Journal of Business Venturing, Business Ethics Quarterly and Journal of Business Ethics.

Mete Kilic joined USC Marshall’s Department of Finance & Business Economics  as assistant professor this summer. He recently earned his Ph.D. in finance from Wharton. He works in the area of asset pricing and macroeconomics. Kilic was awarded the Dean’s Fellowship for Distinguished Merit at Wharton, 2012-2016. He has also participated as a discussant and a presenter at various high-level conferences in the finance field.

Emily Nix joins USC Marshall as assistant professor of finance and business economics, where she will work with the microeconomics group. She recently finished a post-doc at University College, London. Her research is in the areas of labor economics, economics of education, public economics and development economics. She has published a paper on the wage-gender gap in the World Bank Economic Review. She has presented her work at the IFAU Seminar Series and at the IGC Political Economy Group. She earned her Ph.D. in economics from Yale. She holds a B.A. in mathematics and economics from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Andrew (AJ) Ogilvie joins USC Marshall as assistant professor of clinical business communication. He recently completed his Ph.D. in language, literacy and composition at UC Santa Barbara. His current research includes investigating how graduates enlist prior writing knowledge from undergraduate and MBA communication courses when they negotiate new workplace writing technologies like Slack and Jostle. Prior to his academic career, Ogilvie was a strategic communication consultant at Booz Allen Hamilton, where he developed stakeholder outreach initiatives for the Department of Defense and Homeland Security.

Andrii Parkhomenko joins the USC Marshall’s Department of Finance and Business Economics as assistant professor in the macroeconomics group. He recently earned his Ph.D. in economics from the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Barcelona GSE. From 2007-2011, he worked in the private sector as a research analyst at Concorde Capital and Adamant Investments.

Christopher Parsons joins USC Marshall as professor of finance and business economics, with tenure. He earned his Ph.D. in finance at the University of Texas at Austin in 2008. He has held positions at McGill University, the University of North Carolina and Harvard Business School. He was most recently a tenured professor at the Rady School of Management at UC San Diego. Parson’s research interests lie in corporate finance, behavioral finance, labor economics, real estate finance and urban economics, and health economics. He has published in the American Economic Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies and other leading journals.

Rodney Ramcharan joined USC Marshall this summer as associate professor of finance and business economics, with tenure. He received his Ph.D. in economics in 2000 from Columbia University. Until 2010, he worked at the International Monetary Fund, contributing to policy discussions on exchange rates and monetary policy in emerging markets. From 2010 to 2015, he worked at the Federal Reserve Board. Since 2015, Rodney has been associate professor with tenure at the USC Price School of Public Policy. Ramcharan’s research focuses on financial intermediation and the impact that banks and financial markets have on the supply of credit going to businesses and consumers. Much of his work is concerned with financing during periods of economic crisis such as the Great Recession and the Great Depression. He has published in journals including the American Economic Review, Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Finance and Journal of Financial Economics.

Peng Shi comes to USC Marshall as assistant professor of data sciences and operations after spending a year at Microsoft Research in New England. His research interests are in data-driven modeling and optimization to improve social welfare, particularly in systems in which the planner does not have all the information and needs to elicit it from users. Shi has published in journals including Operations Research and Management Science. His research has also been featured in The Boston Globe and The New York Times and has been recognized with numerous awards. He received his Ph.D. from the MIT Operations Research Center.

Richard Sloan joins the senior faculty of USC Leventhal as a full professor of accounting. Sloan was most recently the Emile R. Niemela Chair in Accounting and International Business at the University of California, Berkeley. Prior to joining the Cal faculty in 2009, Sloan was managing director of equity research at Barclays Global Investors. Before that, he was the Victor L. Bernard PricewaterhouseCoopers Collegiate Professor at the University of Michigan. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Rochester in 1992. Sloan has published 38 academic articles in top-tier accounting and finance journals, and he has more than 33,000 Google Scholar citations. He is currently an editor for the Review of Accounting Studies and an associate editor for the Journal of Financial Economics, among other editorial appointments.

Lorien Stice-Lawrence joins USC Marshall and Leventhal as assistant professor of accounting. She recently earned her Ph.D. in accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Before beginning her doctoral studies, Lorien received a B.S. in economics from Brigham Young University where she also studied business and languages. She has presented her research at many conferences in her field and has published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics. Her work has been cited in CFO Magazine as well as The Wall Street Journal.