SMU Cox New Faculty Appointments

2013 - 2014 Academic Year

Michael BraunMichael Braun, associate professor of marketing, joins the Cox School of Business from the MIT Sloan School of Management. The core of his research is the statistical analysis of large and complex customer databases. He has written on, spoken on and taught about management topics such as sales forecasting, customer retention and valuation, marketing ROI, social networking models, segmentation and targeting strategies, online advertising and insurance decisions. Braun’s work has been published in top academic publications, and he is a member of the Marketing Science Editorial Review Board. Braun’s teaching interests are to train the next generation of business leaders how to analyze, interpret and use marketing data to address real-world managerial problems.

Braun earned his Ph.D. from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He holds an A.B. with Honors in economics from Princeton University and an MBA from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Before entering academia, he worked on the development and deployment of broadband Internet products for such companies as Comcast, Marcus Cable and Charter Communications.

Virginia Stewart KayVirginia Stewart Kay joins the Cox School of Business as a visiting instructor of organizational behavior. Kay’s dissertation examines the effectiveness of team accountability structures. In a secondary line of research, she investigates the unanticipated consequences of honesty during critical moments in organizational life, including job interviews, accounting for performance lapses and whistle blowing. Prior to graduate school, Virginia served the U.S. intelligence community as an economic analyst and as an undercover counterterrorism officer. She will be teaching the core undergraduate management course in the spring semester.

Kay graduated from the University of Virginia with a B.A. in economics and Spanish and is completing a doctorate in organizational behavior at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Julian KolevJulian Kolev joins the Cox School of Business as an assistant professor of strategy and entrepreneurship. Kolev’s research interests include entrepreneurial finance, technology transfer, the management of intellectual property and the role of financial markets in corporations' labor and R&D decisions. His dissertation documents how the cyclical nature of venture capital funding drives life science researchers to transition to the private sector and create start-ups when funding is readily available, generating more patents while focusing on short-horizon innovations.

Kolev received a B.A. in economics from Harvard College before continuing to a Ph.D. in business economics at Harvard Business School and a post-doctoral fellowship at the MIT Sloan School of Management.

Stanimir MarkovStanimir Markov joins the Cox School of Business as an associate professor of accounting. At the University of Texas at Dallas and Emory University, Markov taught financial statement analysis and financial accounting to undergraduate and graduate students, as well as a doctoral course that examines the role of information intermediaries (sell-side analysts, credit rating agencies and the financial press) in capital markets. Markov’s research focuses on how information, both accounting and non-accounting, is produced and used by information intermediaries and the capital market. His research is empirical and economics-based, and it has been published in premier academic journals.

Markov has a Ph.D. in business administration (major in accounting, minor in finance), an M.S. in applied economics from University of Rochester and an MBA from Georgetown University.

Rajiv MukherjeeRajiv Mukherjee joins the Cox School of Business as an assistant professor of information, technology and operations management (ITOM). His research interest lies in the economics of information technology (IT) and delves primarily into competing technology network strategies and consumer dynamics in the presence of network externalities and reputation effects. He studies the implications of such strategies on adoption and diffusion of innovation in socially embedded technology platforms. Mukherjee’s recent study on the effect of big data on corporate performance was extensively covered by the media for its impact on the industry.

Mukherjee earned his Ph.D. and M.S. in information, risk and operations management from the University of Texas at Austin. In his past life as an engineer, he has worked in hi-tech embedded systems research and specializes in analyzing big data in the biometrics industry.

Muku SanthanakrishnanMuku Santhanakrishnan joins the Cox School of Business as a visiting associate professor of finance. He earned his Ph.D. from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. He has previously taught broad range of finance topics at Arizona State University, Portland State University and Idaho State University. His research focuses on empirical behavioral finance and, in particular, on the behavior of individual investors. His most recent work examines the interplay between fluency of ticker symbols, level of investor sentiment and individual investors’ decision-making.

Nathan Walcott Nathan Walcott joins the Cox School of Business as a professor of practice in finance. Most recently, Wolcott was assistant professor in the department of finance and management science at Washington State University. Walcott’s research and teaching interest are in the areas of corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, capital structure, executive compensation, business evaluation and information asymmetry.

Wolcott received his B.A. in biochemistry from Rice University before pursuing his M.S., MBA and Ph.D. in finance from the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business.

Kara WellsKara Wells joins the Cox School of Business as an assistant professor of accounting. Wells’ research interests include financial reporting, corporate governance and the role of managers in accounting choices. Her dissertation examines how individual managers, at publicly traded companies, impact the overall accounting quality of a firm even after controlling for previously documented determinants of accounting quality. 

Wells received a B.S. in quantitative finance and financial economics from James Madison University and an M.S. in finance from Villanova University before earning a Ph.D. in accounting from the Leventhal School of Accounting and the Marshall Scholl of Business at the University of Southern California.