This fall, the Broad College welcomes 10 new full-time faculty members to our highly regarded programs across the accounting and information systems, finance, management, marketing and supply chain management departments.
Accounting and Information Systems
Musaib Ashraf joins the Department of Accounting and Information Systems as an assistant professor. Ashraf pursued his Ph.D. at the University of Arizona and received bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Arizona State University. He has worked as an external auditor and is a Certified Public Accountant. Ashraf is interested in topics that involve financial reporting, disclosure or corporate governance and is especially passionate about topics at the intersection of accounting and information technology.
After spending nine years in the accounting department at Columbia Business School, Alon Kalay joins the Broad accounting and information systems faculty as an assistant professor, where he will teach in the M.S. in Accounting program. Kalay earned his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2011, his B.A. in economics and management from Tel Aviv University and MBA from the Wharton School of Business. His research explores the role of information processing costs, corporate disclosure and earnings information in capital markets.
Kevin Markle comes to Broad as an associate professor of accounting and information systems after six years at the University of Iowa. He obtained his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina in 2010 and has previously held faculty positions at Dartmouth College and the University of Waterloo. Markle’s research focuses on international tax, and he will teach classes in the master’s and doctoral programs.
Mario Schabus enters the accounting and information systems department after three years at the University of Melbourne in Australia. Schabus obtained a Ph.D. and M.S. from the University of Amsterdam, was a visiting doctoral student at the University of Michigan and holds a B.S. from the University of Graz in Austria. His broader research interests lie in managerial and financial accounting, corporate governance, regulation and political economics.
Quan Zhang also joins the Department of Accounting and Information Systems as an assistant professor. Zhang graduated with a Ph.D. from McCombs School of Business at UT Austin in 2020 and with bachelor’s degrees in biological sciences and economics from Peking University in 2012. His research interest is in developing novel statistical and machine learning methodology and applying it to business analytics, such as online finance, quant marketing and information systems of telemedicine.
Morad Zekhnini comes to the Department of Finance as an assistant professor after four years at Tulane University. Zekhnini received his Ph.D. in finance from the Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. His research focuses on financial markets, market efficiency and the transmission of information across economic entities. Zekhnini’s latest work studies the effects of regulatory changes and accounting practices on company valuations, as well as the importance of interfirm linkages in determining corporate policies and asset prices.
Shelby Gai enters the Department of Management as an assistant professor. Gai recently graduated with an M.A. and Ph.D. in Management and Organizations from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. In addition, she has an M.S. in Statistics from Northwestern as well as an M.A. from the Wharton School. She graduated magna cum laude from Princeton University with an A.B. in Sociology and a certificate in East Asian Studies. Her research focuses on board design, a subfield of organizational design that emphasizes how to design a company’s board of directors to align with the organization’s strategic goals.
Quinetta Roberson joins Michigan State University as the latest John A. Hannah Distinguished Professor, with a majority appointment in the Broad College’s management department and a minority appointment in the College of Social Science’s psychology department. Prior to her current position, she was an endowed chair at Villanova University and a tenured professor at Cornell University. Roberson has also served an appointment as program director of the Science of Organizations at the National Science Foundation and currently serves as president of the Academy of Management for 2020-2021. Her research is focused on developing organizational capability and enhancing effectiveness through the strategic management of people, particularly diverse work teams.
In the Department of Marketing, Forrest Morgeson joins as an assistant professor teaching marketing research methods and marketing management courses to graduate and MBA students. Morgeson earned his Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh and was previously the director of research at the American Customer Satisfaction Index in Ann Arbor. His research focuses on customer satisfaction and customer experience measurement and management.
Supply Chain Management
Han Zhang comes to the Department of Supply Chain Management as an assistant professor. Zhang earned his Ph.D. in operations management, M.Bus. in operations management and M.A. degrees in economics and mathematics from Indiana University Bloomington. His research covers how the structure of supply networks affects social responsibility decisions, such as how a company should sequence audits and remedial actions on suppliers in a network.