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Kellogg welcomes Professors Qian, Karlan and other tenure-line faculty in 2017-18

New Kellogg faculty Qian and Karlan

Kellogg welcomes seven tenure-line faculty members for the 2017-18 academic year

Tenure-line faculty members join the departments of marketing, finance, operations, managerial economics and more

By Sarah Aylward

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This fall, seven tenure-line faculty members join the Kellogg School of Management, further enriching the departments of marketing, finance, management and organizations, operations management and managerial economics.

The new professors complement the Kellogg School faculty by adding a diverse range of research expertise, including growth and behavioral economics, financial development, entrepreneurial finance, structural transformation, technological innovation, social influence on consumer decision making, and more.

Learn more about this esteemed group of scholars

Dean Karlan, Frederic Esser Nemmers Chair of Finance; Co-Director, Global Poverty Research Lab, Buffett Institute, Northwestern University

Previous professorship: Samuel C Park, Jr. Professor of Economics, Yale University


  • PhD, M.I.T., Economics
  • MBA, University of Chicago Booth School of Business
  • MPP, University of Chicago Harris Graduate School of Public Policy

Research: Professor Karlan’s research primarily employs randomized trials to study household and entrepreneurial finance and behavioral economics, with a focus on financial inclusion for the poor.

Recent publications

Social media: Twitter; LinkedIn 

Nancy Qian, Professor of Managerial Economics
& Decision Sciences

Previous professorship: Professor of Economics, Yale University


  • PhD, Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
  • BA, Economics, Government, Japanese and Mathematics, University of Texas at Austin

Research: Professor Qian’s research is motivated by theory, observations and pairing empirical evidence on the complex process of long-run economic, institutional and social change of development and growth economics.

Recent publications

Jacopo Ponticelli, Associate Professor of Finance

Previous professorship: Assistant Professor of Finance, Cohen and Keenoy Faculty Scholar, University of Chicago Booth School of Business


  • PhD, Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • MSc, Economics, Universitat Pompeu Fabra
  • BA, International Relations, Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

Research: Professor Ponticelli’s research interests include bankruptcy, contract enforcement, financial development, firm dynamics and structural transformation.

Recent publications

Social media: LinkedIn

Alireza Tahbaz-Salehi, Associate Professor of Managerial Economics

Previous professorship: Daniel W. Stanton Associate Professor of Business, Columbia Business School


  • PhD, Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • MA, Economics, University of Pennsylvania
  • MSE, Electrical Engineering, University of Pennsylvania
  • Bsc, Electrical Engineering, Sharif University of Technology

Research: Professor Tahbaz-Salehi’s research interests include economic theory and macroeconomics. His most recent works focus on how social, economic and financial networks shape economic outcomes.

Recent publications

Social media

Ping Dong, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Previously: PhD of Marketing Candidate, University of Toronto


  • PhD, Marketing, Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto
  • MPhil, Marketing, The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) Business School

Research: Professor Dong’s research focuses on understanding the social influence on consumer decision making.

Recent publications

Social Media: LinkedIn

Hyejin Youn, Assistant Professor of Management & Organizations


  • Visiting Fellow, John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University
  • Senior Research Fellow, Mathematical Institute, University of Oxford


  • PhD, Physics, KAIST
  • MS, Physics, KAIST
  • BS, Physics, KAIST

Research Focus

Professor Youn’s research focuses on building a theoretical framework for interplay between technological innovation and human society, a mechanism to scale from individual behaviors to human society. The underlying question focuses on how technological innovation shapes, and is shaped by, the structure of our society. Her mathematical and computational approach involves network science, scaling theory, information theory, data mining and machine learning algorithms, analyzing large-scale empirical data (patent, academic biography, digital text, occupation and industry).

Recent Publications

Social Media: LinkedIn

Anton Braverman, Assistant Professor of Operations Management

Previously: PhD Candidate, Operations Research, Cornell University


  • PhD, Operations Research, Cornell University
  • MS, Operations Research, Cornell University
  • BS, Math and Statistics, University of Toronto

Research: Professor Braverman’s research focuses on stochastic modeling and applied probability.

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