September 12, 2006

LOS ANGELES - UCLA Anderson School of Management has hired nine tenure-track faculty to fill newly-created positions. The school now has a total of 78 ladder faculty.

Judson Caskey, assistant professor (Accounting), conducts both analytical and empirical research on how capital markets generate and process accounting information.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. Prior to graduate school, Judson worked as an auditor and a financial systems and reporting consultant.  He is a registered status (non-practicing) CPA.

Wendy Liu, assistant professor (Marketing), focuses her research in the area of consumer behavior.  She received her Ph.D. from Stanford University. Wendy is interested in understanding the determinants of consumers’ perceptions and decisions.  Her recent research examines the effect of choice set composition and decision making procedures on the outcome of people’s decisions.  In another line of work, she studies the role of life experiences and social events in shaping consumers’ preferences and economic behavior.

Marc Martos-Vila, acting assistant professor (Finance), researches in the area of corporate finance, more specifically, mergers and acquisitions, executive compensation, and the effects of financial frictions. Other areas of interest include contract theory, search theory and the links between finance and aggregate economic activity. He is completing his Ph.D. at Princeton University. Marc has been granted fellowships from the Bank of Spain and Princeton University. He worked at the Financial Systems division of the International Monetary Fund in Washington, D.C.

Guillaume Roels, assistant professor (DOTM), has research interests which focus on revenue management, supply chain management, inventory control, and transportation systems. In particular, he is interested in evaluating the impact of competition and/or lack of information on operations, using methods of robust optimization and game theory. His work on distribution-free inventory management was awarded second place in the 2005 MSOM Student Paper Competition. Guillaume Roels holds a Ph.D. in Operations Research from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Richard Saouma, acting assistant professor (Accounting),  researches in the areas of organizational design, communication in and between firms, and agency theory. For example, a recent study demonstrates that managers may be better off when they provide their employees with additional private information. He is particularly interested in researching simple contractual agreements as solutions to complex contracting problems. Richard is completing his Ph.D. at Stanford University.

Jan Schneider, assistant professor (Finance), received his Ph.D. from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. His research interest focuses on asset pricing theory, in particular on the interaction of heterogeneous investors in financial markets.

Geoff Tate, assistant professor (Finance), has primary research interests in the areas of empirical corporate finance and behavioral finance.  He completed his Ph.D. in 2003 at Harvard University. Professor Tate has published papers in leading academic journals including the Journal of Finance.  He also served as an Assistant Professor at the Wharton School from 2003-2006 prior to joining the faculty at UCLA Anderson.

Miguel Unzueta, assistant professor (HROB), earned his Ph.D. at Stanford University. His research explores how the psychological tendency to protect one’s self and ingroup affects dominant group members’ views on race-related matters. He is involved in several research projects that examine the intersection of White Americans’ concern for their psychological and material well-being and their understanding of racial issues in America today.

Liu Yang, assistant professor (Finance), has research interests that  include theoretical and empirical corporate finance in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate restructuring, corporate governance, and financial intermediation. Liu formerly worked as a Senior Financial Analyst in the structured finance group in Federal Home Loan Mortgage Corporation. She completed her Ph.D. at the University of Maryland.

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