Georgetown McDonough Welcomes Nine New Faculty

September 24, 2013

Georgetown McDonough has hired nine new faculty members and promoted another to deputy dean. The school has a total of 100 full-time faculty.

  • Fall 2013 visiting scholar Sumit Agarwal specializes in financial institutions and regulations, household finance, real estate finance, and behavioral economics. Agarwal was most recently the dean’s chair and associate professor of economics, finance, and real estate at the National University of Singapore. He holds a Ph.D. and M.A. in economics and a B.Sc. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee.
  • Jennie Bai, assistant professor of finance, previously was an economist in the capital markets research division at the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. She conducts research on bank regulation and credit risk and liquidity risk in the fixed-income market. Bai received a Ph.D. and MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business and a B.S. from Fudan University in Shanghai.
  • Michael Cichello, teaching professor of finance, researches executive compensation, incentives, and corporate governance. Before joining the faculty at Georgetown, Cichello was an assistant visiting professor of finance at Wake Forest University Schools of Business. He earned a Ph.D. in finance and an M.A. in economics from the Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He received a B.A. in quantitative economics from Tufts University.
  • Jess Cornaggia, assistant professor of finance, conducts empirical research in the areas of corporate finance, credit ratings, household finance, and financial intermediation. Formerly an assistant professor at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business, Cornaggia holds a Ph.D. in management science, with a concentration in finance, from the University of Texas, Dallas. He also has an MBA and B.Sc. in general engineering from Gonzaga University.
  • Cornaggia has been designated as the school’s Anderson Faculty Fellow for a two-year period. The fellowship, funded by the Anderson Faculty Excellence Fund, recognizes high-quality research and intellectual contributions in finance and supports summer funding and research expenses.
  • Visiting assistant professor of marketing Karthikeya Easwar’s research interests include the areas of culture, consumption, affect, goals and motivation, judgment, and decision making. He earned a Ph.D. in marketing from Ohio State University’s Fisher College of Business. He holds an M.S. in marketing from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School and a B.S. in engineering and management systems from Columbia University.
  • Mary-Hunter (Mae) McDonnell, assistant professor of strategy, economics, ethics, and public policy, researches the interactions between corporations and their myriad stakeholders. In particular, she is interested in how a company’s interactions with its stakeholders shape corporate social activity and non-market strategy. McDonnell earned a Ph.D. and an M.S., both in management and organizations, from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She also has a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A. in philosophy from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.
  • Nathan Miller is an assistant professor of strategy, economics, ethics, and public policy. Prior to joining the faculty, Miller was an economist at the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. He conducts research in the fields of industrial organization and antitrust economics, focusing on the economic modeling of imperfectly competitive markets. Miller holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Berkeley, and a B.A. in economics and history from the University of Virginia.
  • Fall 2013 visiting scholar Thomas O'Guinn’s research is broadly focused on the sociology of consumer behavior. He works on brands, integrated brand promotion, visual communication and the social construction of consumer reality. He joins the Georgetown faculty from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Business, where he was a professor of marketing and, from 2006 to 2010, executive director of the Center for Brand and Product Management. O’Guinn holds a Ph.D., M.A., and B.S. in communication from the University of Texas at Austin.
  • Canan Ulu, assistant professor of operations and information management, researches Bayesian learning in sequential decision problems and improving decision analysis methods using behavioral decision theory. She previously was an assistant professor at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. Ulu earned a Ph.D. in business administration from the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. She holds an M.S. and B.S. in industrial engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey.
  • Finally, Luc Wathieu has been named deputy dean at the McDonough School of Business for a two-year term. Watheiu also is an associate professor of marketing. As deputy dean, he leads faculty and academic initiatives and advances the school’s efforts to create distinctive excellence in teaching and research. He joined the business school faculty in 2010 and was the recipient of the school’s Faculty Research Award in 2012.