Marketing PhD Student Profiles

Ajay AbrahamAjay Abraham

Office: 3330J Van Munching Hall 
Phone: (301) 405-4688 or (301) 405-5774
Fax: (301) 405-0146
Email: aabraham1@rhsmith.umd.edu

2014 Candidate: Ajay is a Computer Science engineer from M. G. University, India, and a graduate of the Indian School of Business (ISB). Most recently, he was a teaching assistant for marketing courses at ISB and did research in marketing and organizational behavior. He has worked at Microsoft, Wipro Technologies, and UST Global, in roles spanning marketing, technology, and research, and he has also taught undergraduate engineering classes at his alma mater.

Ajay was awarded a full graduate assistantship and a Dean's Summer Fellowship for his Ph. D. studies. His research interests include behavioral pricing, goal conflict, and affect.

Curriculum Vitae

Zachary ArensZachary Arens

Office: 3330J Van Munching Hall 
Phone: (301) 405-4688 or (301) 405-5774
Fax: (301) 405-0146
Email: zarens@rhsmith.umd.edu

2012 Candidate: He holds an undergraduate degree in marketing information systems from James Madison University and a masters degree in survey methodology from the University of Maryland. Prior to joining the PhD program Zac worked as a statistical analyst and methodologist at the Gallup Organization in Washington D.C. and San Francisco. His research interests include survey research methodology, consumer attitudes measurement and modeling.

Curriculum Vitae

Yu-Jen ChenYu-Jen Chen

Office: 3330J Van Munching Hall
Phone: (301) 405-4688 or (301) 405-5774
Fax: (301) 405-0146
Email: ychen@rhsmith.umd.edu

2013 Candidate: Yu-Jen obtained his Bachelor of Science degree in Management Science (June 2002) from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan and his MBA degree (June 2004) with concentration in finance from National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan. While working on his master’s thesis, Yu-Jen developed interests in behavioral finance and decided to study consumer behavior as his future research.

At Maryland, he was awarded a full graduate assistantship and a Dean’s Summer Research Fellowship for his PhD studies. His research interests include consumer decision-making, judgment, and pricing.

Yue DongYue Dong

Office: 3330J Van Munching Hall
Phone: (301) 405-4688 or (301) 405-5774
Fax: (301) 405-0146
Email: yuedong@rhsmith.umd.edu

2016 Candidate: Yue holds an undergraduate degree in Marketing from Beijing University of Posts and Telecommunications and a masters degree in Business Administration from Tsinghua University, China. Her research interests include quantitative modeling and Bayesian statistics in marketing.

Jordan EtkinJordan Etkin

Office: 3330J Van Munching Hall
Phone: (301) 405-4688 or (301) 405-5774
Fax: (301) 405-0146
Email: jetkin@rhsmith.umd.edu
Personal website

2013 Candidate: She holds an undergraduate degree in operations and information management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Jordan has worked in marketing consulting for firms in both Washington, D.C. and New York City. Jordan is focused on behavioral marketing, and her research interests include consumer behavior, self-regulation, and learning.

Curriculum Vitae

John HealeyJohn Healey

Office: 3330J Van Munching Hall
Phone: (301) 405-4688 or (301) 405-5774
Fax: (301) 405-0146
Email: jhealey@rhsmith.umd.edu

2014 Candidate: He holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Political Science from the University of Florida and a Master's of Science in Management and a Master's of Business Administration from the University of Florida. His research interests include services marketing, innovation, and modeling.

Heather JohnsonHeather Johnson

Office: 3330J Van Munching Hall
Phone: (301) 405-4688 or (301) 405-5774
Fax: (301) 405-0146
Email: hjohnson@rhsmith.umd.edu
Personal website

2014 Candidate: Heather received her BS in Business from Wake Forest University's Calloway School. Prior to joining the PhD program, Heather conducted marketing best practice research and executive education at The Corporate Executive Board Company in Washington, DC; she also worked in the retail industry with Kimbrell's Furniture, Inc. and on neuroeconomics research with consumer behaviorists at the University of South Carolina.

Heather was awarded a full graduate assistantship and a Dean's Summer Fellowship for her PhD studies. Her research interests include indulgence, nonconscious goal activation, and decision making in branded experience environments.

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James KimJames Kim

Office: 3330J Van Munching Hall 
Phone: (301) 405-4688 or (301) 405-5774
Fax: (301) 405-0146
Email: jkim6@rhsmith.umd.edu

2015 Candidate: James received his bachelor’s degree in business administration from Korea University (2008), and his master’s degree in marketing from Seoul National University (2010). He is primarily interested in how consumers address their identity concerns through choice. Outside the lab, he enjoys reading science fiction, listening to original scores, and watching footage of 2010 Vancouver Olympics figure skating gold medalist Yuna Kim.

Tom KimTom Kim

Office: 3330J Van Munching Hall
Phone: (301) 405-4688 or (301) 405-5774
Fax: (301) 405-0146
Email: tomkim@rhsmith.umd.edu

2015 Candidate: Tom received his MS degree in Business Administration from the Seoul National University in South Korea and his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Economics from the same university. His research interests lie in consumer behavior, finding factors that unconsciously affect consumer choice. He is particularly interested in the role of emotions in consumer behavior.

Seoungwoo LeeSeoungwoo Lee

Office: 3330J Van Munching Hall
Phone: (301) 405-4688 or (301) 405-5774
Fax: (301) 405-0146
Email: seoungwoolee@rhsmith.umd.edu

2016 Candidate: Seoungwoo holds an undergraduate degree in industrial engineering from Korea University and a master’s degree in operations research from Columbia University. Prior to joining the PhD program he worked at the Center for Decision Sciences at Columbia Business School. His research interests include quantitative modeling, consumer choice and Bayesian statistics in marketing.

Alice LiAlice Li

Office: 3330J Van Munching Hall
Phone: (301) 405-4688 or (301) 405-5774
Fax: (301) 405-0146
Email: hli2@rhsmith.umd.edu
Personal website

2014 Candidate: Alice received her BS as a distinguished graduate from Renmin University of China. She was awarded scholarships from her university, individual and organizational fundings from 2003 to 2007. In her third and fourth year at Renmin University of China, she participated three nationwide and one statewide economics-related projects. Alice was awarded a fellowship as well as a summer research assistantship at University of Illinois- Urbana Champaign, where she got her MS degree. Her master thesis, founded by National Science Foundation, focused on economic analysis through Monte Carlo methods.  Her research interests include quantitative modeling and Bayesian statistics in marketing.

Curriculum Vitae

Qian LiQian Li

Office: 3330J Van Munching Hall
Phone: (301) 405-4688 or (301) 405-5774
Fax: (301) 405-0146
Email: qianli@rhsmith.umd.edu  

2014 Candidate: Qian received her M.Phil. degree in Management Studies from University of Cambridge, U.K. and her bachelor’s degree in Information Systems with a minor in Computer Science and Technology from Xi'an Jiaotong University, China. She has working experience at Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (China) and IBM.

Qian was awarded a full graduate assistantship along with Dean's Summer Fellowship for her PhD studies. Her research interests include consumer information processing and modeling. 

Ted MatherlyTed Matherly

Office: 3330J Van Munching Hall
Phone: (301) 405-4688 or (301) 405-5774
Fax: (301) 405-0146 
Email: jmatherl@rhsmith.umd.edu

2012 Candidate: Ted is studying consumer behavior. His research is focused on how consumers use products to construct and communicate their identities to other people, as well as how those other people guide these behaviors. He has presented his work at the Association for Consumer Research, Society for Consumer Psychology and Society for Judgment and Decision Making conferences.

He has taught undergraduate Marketing Research and has been a teaching assistant for an MBA marketing core course. Ted received his Bachelor's degree in Communications (April 2006) from the University of Michigan, and also worked for the re:group agency in Ann Arbor, Michigan in media planning.

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Hyoryung NamHyoryung Nam

Office: 3330J Van Munching Hall
Phone: (301) 405-4688 or (301) 405-5774
Fax: (301) 405-0146
Email: hnam@rhsmith.umd.edu

2012 Candidate: Hyoryung is an empirical modeling researcher. Her research focuses on developing quantitative marketing models to study the relationship between the network of contents in social media and firms' financial performance and strategic decision making. At Maryland, Hyoryung was awarded a full graduate assistantship and a Dean's Summer Fellowship for her studies. 

She received her M.S. degree in Management Engineering from the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) Graduate School of Management and her B.S. degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Korea University. Before joining the PhD program, she worked as a brand manager in consumer goods industry in Korea.

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Yuchi ZhangYuchi Zhang

Office: 3330J Van Munching Hall
Phone: (301) 405-4688 or (301) 405-5774
Fax: (301) 405-0146
Email: yzhang2@rhsmith.umd.edu
Personal website

2014 Candidate: Yuchi holds an undergraduate degree in economics from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to joining the PhD program, he worked as an investment banking analyst in Baltimore. Yuchi was awarded a full graduate assistantship and a Dean's Summer Fellowship for his PhD studies. He is an empirical modeler with a substantive focus on online social media, word-of-mouth communication, text analysis, and social influence.

Recent Placements

Dr. Jing Gao, Fall 2011
Associate Professor
Research Institute of Economics and Management
Southwestern University of Finance and Economics
Chengdu, Sichuan
China 610074 
Phone: 86-28-87352563
Email: gao@swufe.edu.cn

Dr. Gauri Kulkarni, Fall 2009
Assistant Professor
Department of Marketing
Sellinger School of Business and Management
Loyola College in Maryland
Sellinger Hall 404
Baltimore MD 21210
Tel: 410-617-5461
E-mail: gmkulkarni@loyola.edu 

Dr. Francine Espinoza, Fall 2009
Assistant Professor of Marketing
ESMT - European School of Mgmt and Tech
Schlossplatz 1 - 10178 Berlin
Germany
Tel: +49 (0)30 21231 - 1526
Fax: +49 (0)30 21231 - 1281
Email: espinoza@esmt.org 
Web: www.esmt.org

Dr. Savannah Wei Shi, Fall 2011
Assistant Professor
Assistant Professor in Marketing
Leavey School of Business
Santa Clara University
Phone: 408-554-4798 
E-mail: wshi@scu.edu

Dr. Peggy Tseng, Fall 2009
Assistant Professor
Department of Business Administration
Alfred Lerner College Of Business and Economics
University of Delaware
Newark, DE 19716
Office: (302) 803-2081
Email: ptseng@udel.edu

Dr. Ashwin Aravindakshan, Fall 2007
Assistant Professor
Department of Marketing 
University of California, Davis
Davis, California

Tuck Siong Chung, Fall 2007
Assistant Professor
Division of Marketing and International Business 
College of Business (Nanyang Business School) 
Nanyang Technological University
Singapore
Email: ATSCHUNG@ntu.edu.sg
Phone: (+65) 6790 4830

Dr. Shweta Oza, Fall 2007
Assistant Professor
Department of Marketing 
Universityof Miami
Miami, Florida

Dr. Debora Viana Thompson, Fall 2006
Assistant Professor
McDonough School of Business 
Georgetown University

Washington, DC

Dr. Nevena Koukova, Fall 2005
Assistant Professor
Department of Marketing
Lehigh University
27 Memorial Drive West 
Bethlehem, PA 18015

Dr. Lan Luo, Fall 2005
Assistant Professor
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California
ACC 301F
Los Angeles, CA 90089
Office: (213) 740-2497
Email: lluo@marshall.usc.edu

Dr. Xing Pan, Fall 2003
First placement was at Indiana University at the
Kelley School of Business (2003 - 2007)
Dr. Pan is currently at the 
University of California - Riverside
Office: (951) 827-6333
Email: xing.pan@ucr.edu
http://agsm.ucr.edu/faculty/staff/pan.html