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Whitman School Welcomes New Faculty
The Martin J. Whitman School of Management (Whitman School) has added new faculty members to its team for the 2018-19 academic year.
Robert Arscott is an assistant professor of finance whose research primarily concerns the interaction of corporations and debt capital markets, with an emphasis on highly leveraged syndicated lending. His interests extend to topics in real estate investment, leasing and banking. At the Whitman School, he will be teaching courses in real estate and finance during the upcoming fall semester.
Prior to his academic career, he worked in investment banking operations at UBS AG, and as an acquisitions associate for a private equity real estate fund in London, United Kingdom. He holds an MBA from the University of Oxford and a Ph.D. from the University of Rochester.
Suho Han is an assistant professor of entrepreneurship whose research focuses on examining the internal dynamics within angel investor networks and how processes in these networks evolve over time. Through his research, Han explores how ventures are evaluated and funded in the context of diverse, voluntary organizations by focusing on the coordination processes among angels in their networks.
Other research interests center on examining how founding teams with family members establish trust with outside parties to acquire key resources and case study methods. Professor Han received a Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin.
Minjung Kwon is an assistant professor of marketing, whose research focuses on quantitative marketing and empirical industrial organization, including forward-looking consumer choices, consumer learning and forgetting about brand quality, and marketing of products with seasonal demands. In a recent paper, she used consumer panel data to study puzzling pricing patterns for seasonal products; namely, counter-cyclical pricing, and to examine the impact of consumer stockpiling on consumption behavior.
She is the recipient of the 2017 ISMS Doctoral Dissertation Proposal Competition Award. She earned a Ph.D. in quantitative marketing from New York University’s Stern School of Business after receiving her master of arts in quantitative methods and social sciences from Columbia University. Originally from Seoul, South Korea, Professor Kwon also has industry experience, working for Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
David Lucas joins the entrepreneurship faculty as a postdoctoral research fellow within the Institute for an Entrepreneurial Society (IES). He was a visiting Ph.D. student with IES during the 2017-18 academic year. He recently received the Horowitz Foundation for Social Policy Grant to fund his research, which focuses on the political and social conditions that enable and constrain entrepreneurial action. A current project investigates how the policies of national and state governments interact to influence entrepreneurs’ ability to create jobs. He earned master’s and doctorate degrees in economics from George Mason University.
In addition, two current faculty members were promoted. Alexander McKelvie was promoted to professor of entrepreneurship and emerging enterprises, and Julie Neiderhoff was promoted to associate professor, with tenure, of supply chain management.