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Thirteen New Faculty Join Georgetown McDonough

This fall, Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business welcomed seven new tenured and tenure-track faculty members, as well as six visiting faculty members, professors of the practice, and lecturers.

Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty

Sumit Agarwal, professor of finance, joins Georgetown McDonough from the National University of Singapore, where he was a professor of finance and real estate. He also has served as an economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Bank of America. Agarwal studies financial institutions, behavioral economics, consumption and savings, law and economics, and international finance. He received a Ph.D., an M.S. in economics, and a B.Sc. in computer science from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.

William E. English is an assistant professor of strategy, economics, ethics, and public policy. He researches ethical persuasion, political economy, behavioral economics, and institutional corruption. Previously he served as a research fellow at Harvard University’s Initiative for Teaching and Learning. English holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. in political science and a bachelor’s degree in economics and mathematics from Duke University. He also has an M.St. in ethics from Oxford University.

Gilles Hilary is the Houston Term Professor of Accounting. His expertise is in risk management, governance, ethics, financial analysis, financial reporting, compensation, and organizational behavior. Hilary joins Georgetown McDonough from INSEAD, where he taught accounting and corporate governance. He previously taught at Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and worked as an auditor for KPMG/Ernst and Young. He received a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago, an MBA from Cornell University, a master’s degree in management from École Supérieure de Commerce in France, and an honors degree in economics from Pierre Mendès-France University.

David McLean, associate professor of finance, joins Georgetown McDonough from DePaul University, where he was the Christopher L. Keeley Chair and associate professor of finance. He also has taught at the University of Alberta, where he was the Dianne and Irving Kipnes Chair and associate professor of finance, and MIT, where he was a visiting associate professor finance. McLean researches capital market frictions, limits to arbitrage, stock return anomalies, and finance and growth. He holds a Ph.D. in finance from Boston College, an MBA and M.S. in economics from Arizona State University, and a B.A. in economics from Rollins College.

Vladimir Mukharlyamov, assistant professor of finance, researches corporate finance, venture capital, innovation, bankruptcy, behavioral finance, and real estate. He has a Ph.D. in economics from Harvard University, an M.Sc. in finance and economics from the London School of Economics, and a B.Sc. in economics from both the University of London International Programmes and the Higher School of Economics in Moscow.

Reining Petacchi, assistant professor of accounting, joins the faculty from MIT, where she was an assistant professor of accounting. She also has worked at American Express as a credit analyst. She holds a Ph.D. in accounting and management information systems from Ohio State University, a master’s degree in accounting from the University of Michigan, and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the National Taiwan University.

Şafak Yücel, assistant professor of operations and information management, researches renewable and conventional energy sources and investments. He received a Ph.D. in operations management from Duke University and a B.S. in industrial engineering from Boğaziçi University in Istanbul.

Non-Tenure Line Faculty

Amanda W. Beck, accounting lecturer, researches public sector and nonprofit accounting and reporting, governmental capital markets, and financial reporting and disclosure. She earned a Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Alabama and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in accounting from Auburn University.

Moshe A. Barach is a lecturer in strategy, economics, ethics, and public policy. His research interests include strategy, personnel economics, and technology. He holds a Ph.D. and M.S. in business and public policy from the University of California, Berkeley, and an MBA and a B.S. in mechanical engineering from Washington University.

Christopher D. Parker is a visiting assistant professor of operations and information management and comes to Georgetown from Pennsylvania State University, where he serves as an assistant professor of supply chain management. Parker’s research addresses questions at the interface of operations management and information systems. He received a Ph.D. and master of research degree in management science and operations from London Business School, an M.S. in computational finance from University of Essex, and a B.S. in business economics and quantitative studies from Oklahoma State University.

Jeff Reid is a professor of the practice in strategy. In 2009, Reid launched the Georgetown Entrepreneurship Initiative at the McDonough School of Business to catalyze entrepreneurial thinking and activities across the campus of Georgetown University. He is a strategic leader in the areas of entrepreneurship, venture capital, education, technology, and economic development. Previously Reid held leadership roles at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, DigitalBridge Communications, DLA Piper, Trammel Crow, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he grew the entrepreneurship initiative from its inception to a No. 1 national ranking. Reid earned an MBA from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a B.S. in business administration from Appalachian State University.

David Schmidtz is a visiting professor of ethics for the Georgetown Institute for the Study of Markets and Ethics for the fall semester. He comes to Georgetown from the University of Arizona, where he is the Kendrick Professor of Philosophy. He also has taught at Yale University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Kansas State University, and Bowling Green State University. He earned a Ph.D. in philosophy and M.A. in philosophy and economics from the University of Arizona, a B.A. in philosophy from the University of Saskatchewan, and a B.S. in general studies from the University of Calgary.

Evelyn J. Williams, teaching professor of management, researches leadership development, executive coaching, team dynamics, organizational learning, and business ethics. Previously Williams served as professor of the practice in management and associate vice president for leadership development at Wake Forest University. She also has taught at Stanford University and the University of Chicago. In addition, she runs an executive coaching practice and has worked in training and development at Baxter Healthcare Corporation and Caremark Rx. Williams received an M.A. in education from the University of Chicago and a B.A. in English from UCLA.