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The Wisconsin School of Business Welcomes 11 New Faculty Members

by Lavilla Capener, Staff Thursday, August 29, 2013

The Wisconsin School of Business is growing! We admitted a record number of BBA students in July, and the school’s current faculty and staff are excited to welcome 11 new faculty members for the 2013 fall semester. The faculty members are joining a variety of departments within the school, from Accounting to Real Estate. They all bring a passion for business research and learning that will benefit students for years to come. Welcome, all!

Meet our new faculty:


Kristian Allee, Accounting Department FacultyKristian Allee received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. While at Indiana, he was recognized as an excellent teacher, winning the Indiana Kelley School of Business Doctoral Students Association Teaching Award. Allee’s research examines cost of equity capital estimates, the production and use of financial statements, the determinants and consequences of investor sophistication, and corporate disclosure and tax strategies.

Fabio Gaertner, Accounting faculty member at the Wisconsin School of BusinessFabio Gaertner received his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Arizona, and also earned both MAcc and BS (accounting) degrees from Brigham Young University. He previously taught at Nanyang Technologies University in Singapore. Gaertner’s research includes the effects of executive compensation and taxes on corporate outcomes, asset prices, and accounting information. His work also examines how different ownership and governance features interact with explicit management incentives in shaping managers’ decision making.

Stacie Laplante, accounting faculty member at the Wisconsin School of BusinessStacie Laplante received her Ph.D. from University of Washington in Seattle, has previously taught at Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, and has nine years of experience in public accounting industry as a certified public accountant. Laplante’s research focuses on the intersection of financial and tax reporting. She is particularly interested in information related to tax reporting that is reflected in firms’ publicly available financial statements and what the information reveals about the firm’s tax-planning strategies, as well as how the market uses or values that information.

Tyler Thomas AcccountingTyler Thomas received his Ph.D. in accounting from Michigan State University. He previously taught at Washington State University in Vancouver and has four years of experience as an auditor for the Washington State Department of Revenue. Thomas’ research examines how management accounting information can influence individuals’ judgments, decisions, and motivations. He focuses on how cost accounting, performance measurement, and other accounting-related factors can affect individual motivation to exert effort and make decisions in line with organizational goals.

Risk and Insurance 

Peng Shi Actuarial Science, Risk Management, and Insurance Peng Shi holds a Ph.D. in business with a minor in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his BS and MS degrees from the School of Economics and Management at BeiHang University in Beijing. He also spent four years on the faculty at Northern Illinois University. His research focuses on statistical modeling of insurance claims and insurance company expenses. He uses predictive modeling, multivariate regression and dependence models, longitudinal data, and asymmetric information for his research on insurance.


Kevin ChungKevin Chung received his Ph.D. in marketing at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. He earned an MS in statistics from the University of Chicago and his BA in economics and BAS in biomedical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. His research interests are primarily in quantitative marketing and modeling consumer behavior using large data sets. His recent research looked at the value of celebrity endorsements by studying the golf ball market; the research quantifies the impact a celebrity has on the sales of the endorsed product.

Paola Malucci MarketingPaola Mallucci holds a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis and holds an MS in marketing from Universita’ Bocconi in Milan, Italy. In Italy, Paola also worked for Procter and Gamble as an assistant brand manager. Her teaching interests are in the area of channel management, marketing research, and marketing management. In her work, she investigates how social preferences, such as social pressure and fairness, can affect important marketing decisions, such as product pricing in channels and corporate social responsibility actions.

Evan PolmanEvan Polman received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in Ithaca, New York and previously taught at the Stern School of Business at New York University. Polman’s research examines how the choices we make for others are different from choices we make for ourselves. His focus is on choices that are made for others but about which we know very little: CEOs make choices for employees, parents for their children, members of corporate boards for shareholders, lawyers and financial planners for their clients, physicians for their patients, and one spouse for the other.

Liad WeissLiad Weiss has a Ph.D. in marketing from Columbia Business School in New York City. Weiss holds an MS in behavioral and managerial sciences and a BS in industrial engineering and management from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology. He has also worked as a consultant and a project manager in the IT industry. Weiss’ research interests focus on the interplay between consumers and brands, specifically the psychological processes that lead to—and follow from—product acquisition, and how these processes affect product judgment and consumer choice.

Operations and Information Management

Bob Batt Operations and Information Management Robert “Bob” Batt earned his Ph.D. in operations management from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Before starting his doctoral studies, he was a manufacturing engineer at Hypertherm, Inc. and a research fellow at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. His research interests include studies of the operations at hospital emergency rooms with a focus on financial consequences of efficient rooming and on service times for waiting patients.

Real Estate

Moussa Diop Real EstateMoussa Diop has a Ph.D. in business administration at Penn State University. He has taught courses in real estate finance, analysis of real estate markets, and real estate capital markets. Before earning his Ph.D., Diop was vice president of corporate banking and structured trade finance at HSBC Bank. He also worked as a senior consultant at Ernst & Young. Diop’s research interests include real estate investment and finance with a special emphasis on commercial and corporate real estate. He is also interested in international real estate markets.