Columbia Business School is pleased to announce that eight new members have joined the faculty for the 2009-10 academic year. The professors will contribute their expertise to a number of divisions at the School, and each will play a key role in the School's academic offerings. The new appointees and their areas of expertise are:
Modupe Akinola joins the Management division as an assistant professor. She earned her PhD in social psychology and organizational behavior from Harvard University in 2009. Her research focuses on the effects of stress on emotional and cognitive functioning in managerial and organizational life, biases in decision making and stigma and its psychological and physiological consequences.
Omar Besbes joins the Decision, Risk and Operations division as an assistant professor. Prior to his appointment at Columbia Business School, he served as an assistant professor of Operations and Information Management at The Wharton School. He earned his PhD in decision, risk and operations from Columbia Business School in 2007. His research focus includes dynamic pricing and revenue management, data-driven decision-making, performance analysis and control of stochastic systems.
Edwige Cheynel joins the Accounting division as an assistant professor. She earned a PhD in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon in 2009. Her primary areas of research include financial disclosure and capital markets, managerial accounting and auditing.
Moshe Cohen joins the Finance and Economics division as an assistant professor. He graduated with a PhD in economics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2009. His research concentrates on various subjects, including corporate finance, industrial organization, law and economics and econometrics.
Marina Halac joins the Finance and Economics division as an assistant professor. She received a PhD in economics from University of California, Berkeley in 2009. Her research focuses on contract theory, game theory, organizational economics, economics of information, financial economics and international economics.
Urooj Khan joins the Accounting division as an assistant professor. He earned a PhD in economics from Michael G. Foster School of Business, University of Washington in 2009. His primary areas of research include fair value accounting, standard setting, firm communication, voluntary disclosure and analyst coverage.
Ernesto Reuben joins the Management division as an assistant professor. He earned a PhD in economics from the University of Amsterdam in 2006. His main research interests lie within behavioral economics. In particular, he focuses on the determinants of pro-social and anti-social behavior, the interaction of institutions and social norms, the influence of interest politics and the impact of strategic motivations on team cooperation.
Carri Chan will join the Decision, Risk and Operations division in January 2010 as an assistant professor. She garnered an MS and a PhD in electrical engineering from Stanford University in 2006 and 2009, respectively. Her research focuses on stochastic modeling, efficient algorithmic design for queuing system and dynamic control of stochastic processing systems.
Vice Dean and Samberg Faculty Director Amir Ziv welcomed the new faculty members saying, "We are very pleased to have such distinguished professors join Columbia Business School. Our ability to attract the most talented faculty is critical to our mission to educate and develop business leaders and to create the knowledge and tools that advance the practice of management."