This fall, the Broad College of Business welcomed several new faculty members to its highly regarded programs in finance and marketing and to the nationally recognized School of Hospitality Business.
Xing Huang joins the Department of Finance as an assistant professor. She recently received her PhD in economics from the University of California at Berkeley, after earning her master’s and bachelor’s degrees in finance at Peking University in China. Huang’s research focuses on behavioral finance, asset pricing, and household finance. She is interested in empirically characterizing how market participants behave and identifying how these non-standard behaviors can improve our understanding of the pricing of the financial market.
Sophia Zhengzi Li is also a new assistant professor in the Broad College’s Department of Finance. She received her PhD from Duke University in 2013. Her paper, “Continuous Beta, Discontinuous Beta, and the Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns,” won first prize in the 2012 Morgan Stanley Prize for Excellence in Financial Markets. Li has served as a research consultant in investment banking for Itaú Unibanco in São Paulo, Brazil. Her research interests include financial econometrics, asset pricing, market microstructure, and computational statistics.
Hang Nguyen, assistant professor of marketing, teaches undergraduate courses in product innovation and management and new product design at the Broad College. She received her doctorate from the University of Connecticut and was a 2013 UConn Hall of Fame Award recipient. Her research focuses on exploring the impact of brand extensions, brand alliances, and strategic relationships on firm performance. One of Nguyen’s research projects won the Best Paper Award for the Marketing Communications and Branding Track at the 2012 American Marketing Association Winter Marketing Educators’ Conference.
Ayalla Ruvio joins the Department of Marketing as an assistant professor. She is a consumer behavior researcher who focuses on issues such as decision making regarding new products, identity and consumption, and cross-cultural consumer behavior. She is co-editor of the International Encyclopedia of Marketing “Consumer Behavior” volume and co-author of Identity and Consumption. Prior to joining the Broad College’s faculty, Ruvio was an assistant professor at the University of Haifa and Temple University and a visiting professor at the University of Michigan.
Miriam Schwartz-Ziv received her PhD in finance from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and joins the Department of Finance as an assistant professor. She is also a fellow at the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University. Prior to joining Broad, she was a fellow at the Program on Corporate Governance at Harvard Law School and at the Women and Public Policy Program at Harvard Kennedy School. Her primary research interests are boards of directors and mutual funds. Before Schwartz-Ziv joined academia, she worked as a financial analyst and a privatization economist, also serving on several boards of directors.
Hayong Yun is an assistant professor of finance with expertise in corporate finance, risk management, and law and economics. Yun won the JP Morgan 2008 Young Researcher Prize from the Review of Financial Studies for his research paper, “The Choice of Corporate Liquidity and Corporate Governance.” He received his PhD in finance from Columbia University, and prior to joining the Broad College, he was a faculty member at the University of Notre Dame.
Lu Zhang is an assistant professor of hospitality management in The School of Hospitality Business. She joined the Spartan family after receiving her master’s and doctoral degrees from the School of Hospitality Management at Pennsylvania State University. Her research focuses on two areas: hospitality information technology and marketing. She teaches an undergraduate information technology class as well as a graduate-level IT course.