Research focused, collegial, supportive, and highly interactive. PhD students are “junior colleagues” encouraged to participate in academic research with faculty early in their careers. The low PhD student/faculty ratio coupled with the marketing faculty’s “open door” policy promotes frequent and meaningful interactions between faculty and students about research, careers and teaching.

Research Environment

Faculty and students share in scholarly presentations from invited faculty from around the world, internal brown bag seminars, and colloquia with other research-oriented universities in the Southern California area.

Job Market Candidates

The Marshall School of Business contributes to the broad field of academic research as our students go on to be thought-leaders in business schools around the world. These Ph.D. candidates are taking the next step in their academic careers. Learn more about each candidate by clicking on their name.

Amy Pei
Jennifer Lee


Marketing Ph.D. students have contributed to the field by publishing in leading journals and winning numerous prestigious research awards, including the SCP Sheth Award and the William O’Dell Award for long term contributions to marketing for articles published in the Journal of Marketing Research. Students have been recipients of INFORMS Society for Marketing Science (ISMS) Doctoral Dissertation Competition Award, finalists for the John D. Little Award for best paper in Marketing Science, and early career achievement award in marketing. Student research proposals have been funded by the Marketing Science Institute (MSI) and the Institute for The Study of Business Markets (ISBM).

“The opportunity to flourish in a non-threatening learning environment, with complete ‘knock on door’ access to faculty members working on a variety of cutting edge research topics, was perhaps the most appreciated feature of the Trojan experience. In addition, what still sticks out in my memory is the esprit de corps among the doctoral students, across area groups and cohorts. I still have very fond memories of working long hours on projects and assignments, and preparing for qualifying examinations, with absolutely wonderful peers. I strongly believe our experience at USC bound us together, as we continue to work as co-authors on research. Thank you, USC!”

-- Kersi Antia, University of Wisconsin, Madison