Meet the Outstanding Professors New to the Michigan Ross Faculty This Fall

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Six new associate and assistant professors joined the faculty at the Ross School of Business this fall, including five in finance and one in marketing. 

The new faculty members are:

Jessica Fong, Assistant Professor of Marketing

Education: PhD in marketing, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2019; BSc in computer science, California Institute of Technology, 2014.

Research interests: Online platforms, empirical industrial organization, behavioral economics 

Personal: Hobbies are playing tennis, horseback riding, board games, and hiking with her dog. 

Why I am excited to be at Michigan Ross: “Great colleagues and a fun college town. I’m excited to be a part of such a spirited community!”

Andrey Malenko, Associate Professor of Finance

Education: PhD in finance, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2011.

Research interests: Corporate investment and financing, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, as well as auction theory and economics of information.

Personal: “My wife, Nadya, is also joining Michigan Ross now, so we have a Michigan (and Ross) family.”

Recent employment: On the faculty at Boston College's Carroll School of Management, 2019-2020, and the MIT Sloan School of Management, 2011-2019.

Why I am excited to be at Michigan Ross: “I am excited about the culture of the U-M community, about teaching and working with smart and driven students, and about wonderful colleagues striving for excellence in research and teaching.”

Nadya Malenko, Associate Professor of Finance 

Education: PhD in finance, Stanford University, 2011; M.A. in economics, New Economic School, Russia, 2006; MSc in applied mathematics, Lomonosov Moscow State University, Russia, 2004.

Research interests: Corporate finance, corporate governance (shareholder voting, boards of directors, shareholder activism), private equity, organizational economics.

Personal: Enjoys traveling, movies, and spending time with her family.

Recent employment: Associate professor of finance and Giuriceo Family Faculty Fellow at the Carroll School of Management, Boston College.

Why I am excited to be at Michigan Ross: “My colleagues, Ross’ supportive and collaborative culture and leading research faculty, and going to Michigan football games with my kids!”

Shane Miller,  Assistant Professor of Finance

Education: PhD, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University, 2020. BA, University of Virginia, 2011.

Research interests: Asset pricing, macro finance, econometrics.

Why I am excited to be at Michigan Ross: “I’m happy to be returning to the Midwest after many years in Virginia and North Carolina. Ross has a collegial, collaborative atmosphere for both research and teaching; impressive, engaged students at all levels; and I am excited to be part of the team.

Mirela Sandulescu, Assistant Professor of Finance

Education: PhD in economics, USI Lugano & Swiss Finance Institute, Switzerland, 2020; MSc in financial engineering, HEC Lausanne, Switzerland, 2013; BSc in finance, Academy of Economic Studies, Romania, 2011.

Research interests: Asset pricing, international finance, financial frictions, machine learning.

Personal: Enjoys playing tennis, solving puzzles, traveling, and exploring new cuisines. Also, speaks four languages.

Why I am excited to be at Michigan Ross:  “For the unique opportunity to be part of the professional, motivating, and inclusive environment.”

Emmanuel Yimfor, Assistant Professor of Finance

Education: PhD in finance, Rice University. 2020. 

Research interest: Entrepreneurship. Current work is on the different frictions that prevent early-stage firms from raising funds for innovative entrepreneurship. 

Personal: Originally from Cameroon, West Africa. Enjoys doing research, running, and spending time with his wife and three kids.

Why I am excited to be at Ross: “I will take advantage of the financial and academic resources at my disposal here to shed light on opaque private equity markets. I am also well placed to study how private equity would respond to the COVID crisis and how it will change post-COVID.”