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As they prepare for the job market, our PhD students have access to an extensive array of career resources.

Since 2007, our Pichler Initiative on Professional Development has supported student success through workshops, individual coaching, writing seminars and consultations, student and faculty panels, and more. With more than 30 events a year, the Pichler Initiative empowers our students to take charge of their professional development and succeed at the highest levels.

Discover below where some of our most recent graduates are making an impact.

Featured PhD Program Alumni

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Greg Buchak, PhD ’19, JD ’19

Assistant Professor of Finance
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Greg Buchak’s research focuses on issues related to financial technology, financial intermediation, consumer finance, and the interplay between the evolving industrial organization of the financial sector, regulation, and technological progress. He is a graduate of the Joint PhD/JD Program.

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Katherine Burson, MBA ’04, PhD ’04

Associate Professor of Marketing
Ross School of Business University of Michigan 

Katherine Burson studies judgment and decision-making in consumer behavior such as systematic biases in self-assessment, biases in numerical processing, and the antecedents of the biases. She has a PhD in marketing.

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Christine Cuny, MBA ’13, PhD ’13

Assistant Professor of Accounting
New York University Stern School of Business
Christine Cuny studies the forces that shape the disclosure decisions of US local governments and corporations. She also examines how disclosure affects trading costs in the municipal and corporate bond markets. She earned her PhD in accounting. 

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Valentin Haddad, PhD ’12

Assistant Professor of Finance
UCLA Anderson School of Management

Valentin Haddad's research focuses on how the decisions of people and financial institutions interact to shape the prices we observe in financial markets. He graduated from the Joint Program in Financial Economics.

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Alan L. Montgomery, MBA ’94, PhD ’94

Professor of Marketing
Tepper School of Business, Carnegie Mellon University

Alan L. Montgomery’s work focuses on the application of analytical methods to solve marketing problems. His fields of interest include electronic commerce, retailing, and consumer financial decision-making. He has a PhD in econometrics and statistics.  

Sridhar Narayanan

Sridhar Narayanan, PhD ’05

Associate Professor of Marketing
Stanford Graduate School of Business

Sridhar Narayanan’s research focuses on empirical analysis of marketing problems. He has studied problems such as online advertising, peer effects, and learning. Currently, his research is focused on online advertising and modernization of small retail businesses. His PhD is in marketing.

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Jessica Pan, AB ’05, MBA ’10, PhD ’10

Associate Professor of Economics
Department of Economics, National University of Singapore

Jessica Pan is an empirical labor economist with research interests in gender, education, and immigration. Her recent work examines gender differences in economic and educational outcomes, with a focus on underexplored determinants such as gender norms, social interactions, taste discrimination, behavioral traits, and workplace flexibility. Her PhD is in economics. 

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Alexi Savov, MBA ’10, PhD ’10

Associate Professor of Finance
New York University Stern School of Business

Alexi Savov has been at NYU Stern since graduating from Booth in 2010 with a PhD in finance. His latest research focuses on the transmission of monetary policy through financial institutions to the broader economy.

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Kaitlin Woolley, PhD ’17

Assistant Professor of Marketing
Cornell SC Johnson College of Business

Kaitlin Woolley studies consumer motivation and decision-making. She seeks to understand the factors affecting consumers’ goal pursuit to help them achieve important outcomes, including eating healthily, exercising, and studying. Her PhD is in behavioral science.

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S. Alex Yang, MBA ’10, PhD ’10

Associate Professor of Management Science and Operations
London Business School

S. Alex Yang’s main research focus is on how operational and financial decisions are coordinated within value chains. His other research interests include fintech, value chain management, and platform economy. His PhD is in management science and operations management.

2021 Graduate Placement (Preliminary)

Our most recent graduates have found jobs in academia, government, and industry across the globe.


  • Shirley Lu, Assistant Professor, Harvard Business School
  • Yao Lu, Assistant Professor, SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University

Behavioral Science

  • Kariyushi Rao, Postdoctoral Scholar, Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University

Econometrics and Statistics

  • Jianfei Cao, Assistant Professor, Department of Economics, Northeastern University

  • Connor Dowd, Joint Committee on Taxation


  • Carter Davis, Assistant Professor, Kelley School of Business, Indiana University
  • Shohini Kundu, Assistant Professor, Anderson School of Management, UCLA

Joint PhD Program in Financial Economics

  • Yu-Ting Chiang, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis

  • Jian (Jane) Li, Assistant Professor, Columbia Business School


  • Olivia Natan, Assistant Professor, Haas School of Business, UC Berkeley

Initial Graduate Employment from 2005 to 2020

Below is a list of the positions our graduating PhD students have accepted in recent years.

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See Our PhD Job Market Candidates

See the PhD Program’s current job market candidates—the next generation of researchers who will shape theory and practice in business and beyond.