New Faculty Bring Expertise in Fintech, Decision-Making, Diversity and Inclusion, and More

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Georgetown’s McDonough School of Business welcomed 11 new faculty for the 2019-2020 academic year.

Tenured and tenure-track faculty

Jennifer Logg, assistant professor of management, examines why people fail to view themselves and their work realistically. Her research focuses on how individuals can assess themselves and the world more accurately by using advice and feedback produced by algorithms. Previously Logg was a post-doctoral fellow at Harvard University. She holds a Ph.D. in the management of organizations from the University of California, Berkeley.

Michael O’Donnell, assistant professor of marketing, studies judgment and decision-making. His research focuses on how people express their preferences and how they impose constraints on how they think about and spend their money. O’Donnell received a Ph.D. in business administration, consumer behavior marketing, from the University of California, Berkeley.

Alberto Rossi, associate professor of finance, joins Georgetown from the University of Maryland. His research interests include fintech and machine learning, empirical asset pricing, and household finance. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, San Diego.

Non-tenured faculty

David Allen Ammerman is an assistant teaching professor of finance and director of academic operations for the Master of Science in Finance program. His research interests include household debt and the intersection of household and business finances for entrepreneurs and closely held businesses. He has a Ph.D. in personal financial planning from Kansas State University.

Ben Bronner is a junior faculty fellow for the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics. He studies medical ethics and the ethics of war, along with business ethics, ethical theory, and political philosophy. He received a Ph.D. in philosophy from Rutgers University.

Melanie Demirtas, visiting assistant professor of accounting, researches the empirical analysis of capital market effects of changes in financial reporting standards as well as changes in banking regulation. She holds a Ph.D. in economics from the Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

Scott Ganz is a visiting assistant professor of strategy. His research integrates organizational theory and political economics to better understand political processes within organizations and governments and the nonmarket strategies of firms and interest organizations. Ganz has a Ph.D. in business administration from Stanford University.

Christie Nordhielm, associate teaching professor of marketing, brings more than 25 years of experience as a marketing educator and consultant. She is the creator of the Big Picture Framework and author of Marketing Management: The Big Picture. Nordhielm specializes in marketing strategy, global marketing, marketing communications, and social impact marketing. She received a Ph.D. in marketing and behavioral science from the University of Chicago.

Joseph Podwol, visiting assistant professor of strategy, is an economist with the U.S. Department of Justice Antitrust Division. His research interests include auction and bargaining theory, price dispersion, and forward contracting. He holds a Ph.D. in economics from Cornell University.

James Reid is the Robert and Lauren Steers Chair in Real Estate and an executive in residence for the Steers Center for Global Real Estate. He worked at CBRE, a commercial real estate services firm and investment company, for more than 25 years, most recently as president of Americas Strategic Initiatives. Reid has an MBA from Harvard University.

Ella Washington, professor of the practice in management, is an organizational psychologist who studies the intersection of business, diversity, and leadership. Her research focuses on women in the workplace, barriers to inclusion for diverse groups, and working with organizations to build inclusive cultures. Washington also is a senior workplace consultant for Gallup. She received a Ph.D. in businesss administration from Northwestern University.