School welcomes five research faculty members
The KU School of Business welcomed five new faculty members at the start of the 2018–19 academic year.
Gjergji Cici, associate professor of finance and Dean’s Fellow, joins the school’s Finance academic area. He also is a research fellow at the Centre for Financial Research at the University of Cologne, Germany.
Before joining KU, Cici was the Thomas L. Owen Professor and associate professor of finance at the College of William and Mary. He also previously served as associate director of research for Wharton Research Data Services at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.
He currently teaches investment theory and applications and business valuation at the undergraduate level. Cici previously taught in the undergraduate and MBA programs at the College of William and Mary, where he was also the faculty instructor and advisor for the Frank Batten Investment Fund, an MBA student-managed fund with more than $1 million in assets. His research interests include the behavior and incentives of professional money managers, portfolio performance evaluation, formation and utilization of human capital, and agency issues in the asset management industry.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in business administration and his doctoral degree in finance from the University of Minnesota.
Jun Ho Lee, assistant professor of strategic management and international business, joins the school’s Management and Entrepreneurship academic area from the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University where he was an assistant professor of strategy and international management. Lee also previously was a researcher at the Institute for International Trade at the Korea International Trade Association in Seoul, Korea.
His teaching interests include strategic management, international business and organizational theory. His research interests include corporate governance, boards of directors, top management teams and stakeholder management.
He received his bachelor’s degree from Korea University in Seoul, Korea, and his Master of Human Resource and Labor Relations and doctoral degree in business administration from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Shaobo Li, assistant professor of business analytics, has joined the school’s Analytics, Information Systems and Operations academic area from the University of Cincinnati where he taught business analytics and data mining.
His research interests lie broadly in statistical methodology and application, and his research work covers high-dimensional robust statistics, nonparametric regression, ordinal data analysis, marketing data privacy and corporate bankruptcy prediction. His teaching interests include statistics, data mining and machine learning.
Li received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics from Shangdong University in China, and his master’s degree in statistics and doctoral degree in business administration from the University of Cincinnati.
Lauren Min, assistant professor of marketing, has joined the school’s Marketing and Business Law academic area from the Leeds School of Business at the University of Colorado Boulder where she taught consumer behavior.
Min’s primary research interest is consumer behavior, with an emphasis on judgment and decision-making, co-creation and consumer well-being. She previously worked as a paralegal at firm in New York City and as a lab manager at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University.
She received her bachelor’s degree in political science from Brown University and her doctoral degree in marketing from the University of Colorado Boulder.
Kevin Pisciotta, assistant professor of finance, joins the school’s Finance academic area from Pennsylvania State University where he taught and assisted with undergraduate finance courses.
His research interests include corporate finance, information transmission, and the intersection of finance and labor markets. Pisciotta’s research has focused on initial public offerings, sell-side analysts, local labor markets and information spillovers. His teaching interests include investments, portfolio management, financial markets and institutions, and corporate financial management.
Pisciotta received his bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in finance from the University of Delaware and his doctoral degree in business administration from Pennsylvania State University.