We are pleased to welcome 6 new faculty members to UCLA Anderson from Harvard, Kellogg, Chicago, Columbia, Haas and USC to the school. A brief biography of each new faculty follows:
Leonardo Bursztyn joins our GEM area as Assistant Professor, having completed his PhD in Economics at Harvard University. Leo is a development economist whose work is unusual for the field, conducting randomized field experiments to address important behavioral economic issues. For instance, he has studied how different combinations of cash transfers to parents, and attendance monitoring, affect Brazilian children’s school attendance rates.
Andrea Eisfeldt is joining our Finance area as Associate Professor. After receiving her PhD in Economics from the University of Chicago in 2000, she joined the faculty at Kellogg, receiving tenure there in 2007. Her work spans the crucial intersection of macro-economics, asset pricing, and corporate finance, has been published in the top journals, and has earned the prestigious Smith Breeden Distinguished Paper Award. She serves, among others, as Director of the Western Finance Association, and was invited to be one of 50 distinguished members of FARFE, the Foundation for the Advancement of Research in Financial Economics.
Keyvan Kashkooli joins our HROB area as Assistant Professor, receiving his PhD in Sociology from UC Berkeley where he also taught at Haas. Keyvan’s research focuses on social attributes of markets. For his dissertation he studied 15 eBay product categories over the period 2000-2007, and examined the respective roles of reputations and rules. Prior to pursuing his PhD, Keyvan was an environmental policy consultant, and spent two years as a Legislative Aide to then-California Assembly speaker and current Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa.
Robert (Bob) McCann joins our HROB area as Visiting Associate Professor, to be converted to Adjunct Associate Professor upon completion of the appointment process. Bob, a Bruin with an MA in Applied Linguistics from UCLA and a PhD in Communication from UCSB, was at USC Marshall as Associate Professor of Clinical Management Communication. Bob will initially teach a new communications elective for our 1st year MBA students, a course for which he earned the school-wide MBA teaching award at Marshall. In parallel, and together with Janis Forman, Bob will work to integrate communications skills across our programs. Bob publishes regularly in a range of communications journals and on ageism in the workplace.
Bugra Ozel (pronounced “Bura”) is joining us as Assistant Professor in Accounting, receiving his PhD from Columbia University. He has also worked at Morgan Stanley. Bugra’s research focuses on several timely topics: how holders of private debt evaluate earnings and cash flows in the US and internationally; how the legal environment influences differences in the performance of publicly vs. privately held firms; and how investors choose between “growth” and “value” funds.
Peter Rossi joins our Marketing area as the James A. Collins Chair in Management. Peter received his PhD in Econometrics from the University of Chicago. He spent a few years at Kellogg and then returned to Chicago Booth in 1987. He became Professor of Marketing, Econometrics and Statistics in 1994 and was named the Joseph T. and Bernice S. Lewis Professor of Marketing and Statistics in 1997. At Booth, Peter was the founder of the Kilts Center for Marketing and received the school-wide Arthur Kelly Faculty Prize for outstanding service in 2000. Peter is a pioneer in the use of Bayesian methods in quantitative marketing, and is also one of the leaders of the “third wave” in marketing, using micro-economics (rather than engineering or psychology) to drive model specification. He co-founded Quantitative Methods in Marketing (QME), already one of the top journals in the field. Peter is a Fellow of both the American Statistical Society and the Journal of Econometrics.