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Meet the Newest McCombs Faculty Members

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 This academic year, the McCombs School of Business welcomed faculty members with an impressive range of research, teaching, and work expertise.

Accounting Department

Aysa Dordzhieva

Aysa Dordzhieva

Assistant Professor

Dordzhieva joins McCombs right out of her doctoral program.

Ph.D. in business administration from the University of Minnesota, Carlson School of Management

Research interests: Economics of auditing, reputation models, managerial incentives, and dynamic games

 

Bill Spiller

Bill Spiller

Lecturer

Prior to McCombs, Spiller was a managing director in the tax practice in the Houston office of Grant Thornton, specializing in transfer pricing. Spiller has worked at the Big Four accounting firms and was a lecturer at the UT, as well as holding other teaching positions at the University of North Texas, Duke University, and Georgetown University. Spiller also worked in government with the Joint Committee on Taxation and with the Office of Tax Analysis, International Taxation in the U.S. Treasury.

Ph.D. in economics from Duke University

Teaching interests: transfer pricing related topics

 

 Sara Toynbee

Sara Toynbee

Assistant Professor

Toynbee previously worked as a teaching assistant at University of Washington.

Ph.D. from the University of Washington, Bachelor of Commerce (first class honors) in accounting and information systems from the University of Canterbury

Research interests: how recognition, measurement, and disclosure issues in financial accounting influence the usefulness of financial reports; the determinants and consequences of the matching process in the executive labor market

 

Wuyang Zhao

Wuyang Zhao

Assistant Professor

Zhao comes to McCombs straight from his doctoral program. 

Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Toronto in 2017

Research interests: how short sellers use accounting information and the capital market consequences of short selling

 

 

Finance Department

William Carpenter

William Carpenter

Lecturer

Carpenter works as a portfolio manager in the private equity group at the Teacher Retirement System of Texas. Prior to McCombs, he taught Investments at the University of Texas Center for Professional Education.

Bachelor’s in business administration and master’s in finance from Texas A&M

Research interests: Investment theory and practice, private equity, and macroeconomic analysis

William Fuchs

William Fuchs

Associate Professor

Fuchs was an assistant professor and Thornber research fellow in the Economics Department at the University of Chicago. In 2009, he joined the finance group at University of California, Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Ph.D. from the Economics Analysis and Policy Group at the Stanford Graduate School of Business

Research interests: Situations with a poor contractual environment due to asymmetric information or lack of formal enforcement. He studies how repeated interactions or policies can be used to partially overcome the underlying frictions.

 

David Martin

David Martin

Lecturer

Martin previosuly taught at St. Edwards University. Before he retired from full-time corporate work in April 2016, Martin was CFO at Dimensional Fund Advisors in Austin for nine years and CFO at Janus Capital Group in Denver for two years.

MSIA (now called MBA) with concentration in finance from Carnegie Mellon University and a BS in mathematical sciences from Stanford University

Teaching interests: Theories of finance, accounting, M&A and organizational behavior, and discussing applications in the business world

 

Gregor Matvos

Gregor Matvos

Professor

Matvos previously worked as an associate professor of finance at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.

Ph.D. in business economics from Harvard University

Research interests: Corporate finance, financial intermediation, real estate, and household finance

 

Aaron Pancost

 

Aaron Pancost

Assistant Professor

Pancost worked at the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston prior to earning his Ph.D., and taught at the University of Chicago. He was a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago for a year after earning his Ph.D.

Ph.D. from the University of Chicago

Research interests include: Macroeconomics and financial frictions, economic development, and term structure of interest rates

 

 

Mandy Pope

Mandy Pope

Lecturer

Pope previously worked as managing director of school’s Real Estate Finance and Investment Center.

B.S. from The University of Texas at Austin

Teaching interests: Real estate finance

 

Michael Sury

S. Michael Sury

Lecturer

Prior to McCombs, Sury was a dean’s executive professor of finance at Santa Clara University, as well as an adjunct professor of economics at UC Santa Cruz. He was also a lecturer of finance at San Diego State University and an adjunct professor of finance at DePaul University (Chicago).

Master’s of business administration, finance, and statistics from the University of Chicago

Research interests: Investments, portfolio management, risk management, asset allocation, optimization, endowment and foundation management

 

Information, Risk, and Operations Management Department

Diwakar Gupta

Diwakar Gupta

Professor

Prior to McCombs, Gupta taught and worked at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities; the National Science Foundation; McMaster University in Canada; and Technical University of Nova Scotia in Canada.

Ph.D. in management sciences from the University of Waterloo

Research interests: Health care operations, supply chain and revenue management, transportation systems, stochastic models, and optimization

 

Jared Murray

Jared Murray

Assistant Professor

Murray was previously a visiting assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University’s Department of Statistics.

Ph.D. in statistical science from Duke University

Research interests: Applied linear models; sampling, survey, and society

 

Abhay Samant 

Abhay Samant

Lecturer

Samant was previously vice president of engineering at Hiller Measurements.

Ph.D. from the Indian Institute of Technology, master’s degree in computer science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Teaching interests: Electrical and communications engineering

 

Management Deaprtment

 

Shiva Agarwal

Shiva Agarwal

Assistant Professor

Agarwal previously worked for the Boston Consulting Group and Microsoft Corp.

Ph.D. from Wharton Business School

Research interests: Ecosystems, platforms, and innovation

 

 

Andrew Brodsky

Andrew Brodsky

Assistant Professor 

Brodsky comes straight to McCombs from his doctoral program.

Ph.D. from Harvard University’s School of Business

Research interests: workplace communication, work time utilization, virtual work, and productivity

 

 Steven Gray

Steven Gray

Assistant Professor

Gray comes to McCombs straight from his doctoral program. 

Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis

Research interests: New venture teams, social networks, and interpersonal relationships

 

Robert Livengood

Scott Livengood

Lecturer

Livengood arrives from the Ohio State University’s Department of Management and Human Resources.

Ph.D. in strategic management from the University of Maryland at College Park

Research interests: cognition, competition, entrepreneurship, and strategic management

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