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Marshall Welcomes Thirteen New Faculty Members

Marshall Welcomes Thirteen New Faculty Members

With backgrounds in academia and business, these thought leaders bring extensive knowledge and experience into the classroom.

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Coupled with the excitement of returning to campus for the 2023–2024 academic year, USC Marshall welcomed thirteen new faculty members to its ranks. The new professors join five departments, including DATA SCIENCES AND OPERATIONS, FINANCE AND BUSINESS ECONOMICS, LLOYD GREIF CENTER FOR ENTREPRENEURIAL STUDIES, MARKETING, and MANAGEMENT AND ORGANIZATION.

Thought leaders in their field, these faculty bring their varied expertise into the classroom, with a mix of academia, research, and real-world experience. From earning PhDs at the London School of Economics, Stanford, and MIT to working as patent inventors, best-selling authors, and business executives, the new faculty offer Marshall students a wealth of knowledge, understanding, and application.

We welcome the following new faculty:

ÁGNES ANDOR, Assistant Professor of Clinical Management and Organization
Ágnes Andor specializes in ethics, diversity, and leadership. Through her research, she examines the unexpected causes and consequences of unethical behavior and the ways in which men and women are perceived differently in the workplace.

COSIMO ARNESANO, Assistant Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations
Cosimo Arnesano is a multidisciplinary scientist and scholar with knowledge spanning the fields of biology and biochemistry, physics and optics, statistics and data science, electronics, biomedical imaging, and project and operations management.

COURTNEY BRUNIOUS, Assistant Professor of Clinical Management and Organization
Courtney Brunious teaches courses in strategy, sports business, and leadership, leveraging his experience in executive roles in the sports business industry to bring real world insights into the classroom.

CHRISTIAN BUSCH, Assistant Professor of Clinical Management and Organization
Christian Busch’s research focuses on purpose-driven leadership, sustainable innovation, and serendipity. He received several “Best Paper Awards” from the Academy of Management, the Masini Award for Innovative Scholarship, and is the bestselling author of The Serendipity Mindset.

NOFAR DUANI, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Nofar Duani recently completed her doctoral studies at NYU Stern School of Business before joining Marshall. Duani studies consumer behavior with a particular interest in how new technologies influence consumers’ judgments and behaviors. 

ZIJUN GAO, Assistant Professor of Data Sciences and Operations
Zijun Gao’s works focus on developing efficient methodologies in causal inference, multiple testing, and machine learning. She also works on real-world data motivated topics, with a specific emphasis on the applications in business and healthcare.

CHAMSI HSSAINE, Assistant Professor of Data Sciences and Operations
Chamsi Hssaine’s research lies at the intersection of economics, computation, and data-driven decision-making. She is interested in the design of efficient, provably good algorithms for revenue and inventory management, with applications to modern e-commerce marketplaces.

YOLA (GEORGIA) KATSARGYRI, Assistant Professor of Clinical Data Sciences and Operations
Prior to joining USC, Yola Katsargyri worked as a data science manager, data scientist, and academic researcher in a variety of fields and held both individual contributor and leadership positions. She is the primary inventor of 2 U.S. patents.

MLADEN KOLAR, Visiting Associate Professor of Data Sciences and Operations
Mladen Kolar’s research focuses on high-dimensional statistical methods, probabilistic graphical models, and scalable optimization methods, driven by the need to uncover interesting and scientifically meaningful structures from observational data.

AUDRA QUINN, Associate Professor of Clinical Entrepreneurship
Having had a diverse and successful career with her own entrepreneurial venture, Audra Quinn brings unique perspective to her research, focusing on how entrepreneurial teams come together and succeed together, examining cofounder selection, satisfaction, and dynamics associated with venture objectives.

GUNJAN SETH, Assistant Professor of Finance and Business Economics
Gunjan Seth's research interests are in the field of empirical corporate finance and the resolution of financial distress. Her current projects focus on the agency conflicts and bargaining frictions in corporate bankruptcies.

DENNIS SHEN, Assistant Professor of Data Sciences and Operations
Before joining USC, Dennis Shen was a postdoc fellow at the Simons Institute at UC Berkeley. Shen is interested in both the theoretical and applied aspects of data science, including high-dimensional statistics and causal inference.

KATHY TAKAYAMA, Assistant Professor of the Practice of Data Sciences and Operations
Kathy Takayama was a US Naval Nuclear Power School Instructor before transitioning out of the military and into a career in program management. She leverages her decades of business experiences with future business leaders at Marshall.