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Faculty Directory

Faculty Directory

The Graduate School of Management at UC Davis brings together distinguished scholars and industry experts from all over the world. Alongside our students, they create a vibrant educational experience with real-world relevance and a culture of camaraderie. 

Our instructors have both academic expertise and practical experience, giving you a well-rounded and relevant MBA education. Plus, with a low student-to-faculty ratio, these high-quality faculty will know you by name and serve as mentors as you grow your professional network after graduation.

They've trained at top schools, including Stanford University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Carnegie Mellon University, Harvard University, The University of Chicago, Cornell University and Northwestern University. Through a powerful combination of case studies, seminars, guest speakers, simulations and team projects, they turn complex concepts into actionable tools you can use throughout your career.


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Mak Ahmad


M.S. in Computer Science, Sonoma State University

B.S. in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering, UC Davis

Mak Ahmad is currently a director at Salesforce, where he oversees large cross-cloud infrastructure initiatives.

Previously, Ahmad spent many years with Google Cloud in roles spanning from partner platform product management, overseeing API infrastructure/design and project management of istio.

Shannon W. Anderson

Professor and Michael and Joelle Hurlston Presidential Chair

Ph.D., Harvard University

Professor Shannon Anderson is an expert on the design and implementation of performance measurement and cost control systems. Her research spans the fields of management accounting and operations research. Anderson’s research has been funded by grants from professional accounting organizations such as the AICPA, the IIA, the IMA and CIMA, and from national research organizations such as the National Science Foundation and the Australian Research Council. 

Anderson joined the Graduate School of Management faculty in June 2010.

Charles Ansbach


Charles Ansbach has worked with major corporations nationally and internationally representing not only their interests in discussions as donors to major nonprofits/NGOs but also in appeals for support and partnership made by community groups. In those many interactions, he learned why most corporate CSR programs fail and how to fix them. Ansbach has learned what CSR directors must do to manage their programs inside corporate structures and the practical sides of serving effectively in that role.

Cyrus Aram


MBA, UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Lecturer Cyrus Aram brings over 20 years of private and public sector experience in the areas of customer strategy, business transformation, planning, program, change and quality management. He has domain level expertise in customer strategy, business process transformation, lean sigma, program and change management, performance management and business controls, and thought leadership. He is also an adjunct faculty at the Sacramento State College of Business Administration.

Brad M. Barber


Maurice J. and Marcia G. Gallagher Chair in Finance 

Ph.D., University of Chicago, Booth School of Business

Professor Brad Barber is an internationally recognized authority on investor psychology, stock analyst recommendations, online trading, and mutual fund performance. His research includes the effect of expenses on money flowing into mutual funds, gender-related overconfidence in stock trading, the impact of coordinated trading by individual investors, and how active equity trading is hazardous to individual investor wealth.

Paul Bianchi

2019 & 2020 Robert A. Fox Executive in Residence

Masters in Management, University of Kent, Canterbury

B.S., Managerial Economics, UC Davis

Paul Bianchi is an experienced and successful human capital executive and consultant with over 25 years of high-technology leadership experience from innovative companies like NeXT, Apple, Ask Jeeves, PeopleSoft and Illumina.

Nicole Woolsey Biggart

Research Professor and Professor Emerita

Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley
Chair, Social, Political and Economic Sciences section of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
Former Dean

Research Expertise: economic and organizational sociology, firm networks, industrial change and social bases of technology adoption

Course Taught: Strategic Innovations in Energy Efficiency

Fast Facts

Nick Briscoe


Chief Economist, Briscoe Economics Group, Inc.

M.S., UC Davis

Nicholas Briscoe is Chief Economist at Briscoe Economics Group, Inc. He provides valuation consulting and expert witness testimony in a wide variety of economic and financial matters.  He teaches as the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as part of the adjunct faculty.  Mr. Briscoe’s prior positions include Manager in the forensic services division of the accounting firm Crowe Horwath, LLP, as well as Senior Economist at Cohen | Volk Economic Consulting Group.

David S. Bunch


Ph.D., Rice University

Research Expertise: Marketing research, marketing science, decision and management sciences, consumer choice behavior, choice modeling, new product development and introduction

Professor David Bunch is an internationally recognized expert on marketing research, marketing science and decision and management sciences. His research interests include consumer choice behavior, choice modeling, new product development and introduction, travel behavior, vehicle choice and alternative fuel vehicles.

John Carter


Ph.D. in Statistics, University of Connecticut

John Carter is an accomplished data and analytics executive and consultant with broad industry experience leveraging data and analytics to drive business impact. His expertise includes enterprise data management, business analytics, predictive modeling, digital transformation and AI/machine learning. He is currently helping companies use data and analytics to strategically transform their organizations and capabilities to accelerate growth.

William L. Cron

Visiting Faculty

William Cron received a BSBA from Xavier University in Cincinnati and an MBA and DBA from Indiana University, Bloomington. Cron has served on four editorial review boards including the Journal of Marketing and the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science. He has published more than 80 refereed marketing and sales management articles in journals such as the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Marketing, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Harvard Business Review, Journal of Classification, Academy of Management Journal, and the Journal of Applied Psychology, and has been re

Conrad M. Davis

Visiting Faculty

PA, CFF, CFE - Partner, Crowe Horwath

M.S., Taxation, Golden Gate University, California

Mr. Davis is the Partner-in-Charge of the Firm’s Sacramento, CaliforniaTax Practice. He has more than 28 years of experience providing tax compliance and consulting services to closely held business, their owners in the food and food production related businesses. He works closely with his clients to understand their business and goals. He coordinates with Crowe auditors to effectively and efficiently provide tax services to jointly served clients.

Joe DiNunzio

Executive Director, Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship | Assistant Adjunct Professor

President, Fido Management

MBA, Stanford University, Graduate School of Business

Research Expertise: Consulting, Entrepreneurship, Innovation

Joe DiNunzio is a senior executive with three decades of creative, technical and business leadership creating new ventures and building successful organizations. He has extensive experience as a management consulting practice leader, a Fortune 100 senior operating executive, an entrepreneur and an educator.  

Eamonn Dolan

Lecturer and 2016 Robert A. Fox Executive-in-Residence

M.S., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Eamonn Dolan served as chief investment officer and managing director of CM Capital (CMC), managing diversified portfolios emphasizing alternative investments.  He was responsible for asset allocation, strategy formulation, manager selection, process design, and leading the investment team. Currently, Dolan serves on CMC’s Investment Advisory Board.

Steven J. Green


Courses Taught: Managers and the Legal Environment

Lecturer Steven Green is Special Counsel to the California Department of Insurance representing the Insurance Commissioner in state and federal whistle blower lawsuits involving allegations of insurance fraud. .

In December 2016 Green retired after a 25+ year career a Deputy Attorney General - California Department of Justice. In this capacity, his practice was entirely devoted to federal and state litigation on behalf of California’s tax, insurance and business agencies.

Sharad Gupta


MBA, UC Davis Graduate School of Management

Sharad Gupta is an executive leader with extensive strategy and execution experience in driving innovation and technology transformation initiatives for business enablement. Gupta is a tech-savvy leader and has deep healthcare industry experience in the payer and provider domains. He is an industry-recognized thought-leader with focus on applying emerging technologies, Artificial Intelligence / Machine Learning, Data Science, Digital Technologies, and Modern Architectures for new innovations and business capabilities.

Sally Hamilton


Ph.D., UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management

Sally Hamilton, Ph.D. has lectured for the UC Davis Graduate School of Management since 2015. She teaches accounting at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. She has taught Managerial Accounting and Cost Management. She has extensive experience both in industry and teaching. She was a Clinical Assistant Professor for Drexel University Sacramento for 5 years.

Office hrs: 5:10-6:10 pm Tues. & by appt.

John D. Hancock


Lecturer John D. Hancock provides valuation consulting services in civil and business litigation through economic and financial analysis. He also teaches at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management as a visiting professor. Hancock's prior positions include office director at Spectrum Economics Inc.; office director at QED Research Inc.; manager of litigation support services at Arthur Young & Co.,; assistant professor of economics at Drake University; and co-founder of Economic & Financial Consultants, a Midwest forensic consulting firm.

Andrew B. Hargadon


Professor of Technology Management

Charles J. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship

Ph.D., Stanford University

Research Expertise: The effective management of innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly in the development and commercialization of sustainable technologies

Professor Andrew B. Hargadon has written extensively on innovation and entrepreneurship, particularly the commercialization science and technology and the management of research and development. He has published numerous articles and chapters in leading scholarly and applied publications.

Hargadon is at the forefront of teaching, research and practice in cross-disciplinary entrepreneurship, and is founding director of two key centers at UC Davis—the Mike and Renee Child Institute for Innovation and Entrepreneurship and the Energy Efficiency Center. These centers are dedicated to promoting entrepreneurship and innovation through educational programs bridging science, engineering and business. They provide a successful framework for university scientists and engineers to move their ideas out of the lab and into the world.

Hargadon received the 2009 Olympus Emerging Educational Leader Award in recognition for his strong entrepreneurship curriculum and success with the two centers.

Prior to his academic appointment, Hargadon worked as a product designer at Apple Computer and taught in the Product Design program at Stanford University.

A senior fellow at the Kauffman Foundation, Hargadon is the author of How Breakthroughs Happen: The Surprising Truth About How Companies Innovate (Harvard Business School Press, 2003).

His most recent book is Sustainable Innovation: Build Your Company’s Capacity to Change the World (Stanford University Press, 2015).

Hargadon received his Ph.D. from Stanford University’s School of Engineering, where he was named Boeing Fellow and Sloan Foundation Future Professor of Manufacturing. He received his M.S. in mechanical engineering and B.S. in engineering from Stanford University’s Product Design Program.

  • AlwaysOn 2012 Power Players in Greentech: The University Players.
  • Charles M. Soderquist Chair in Entrepreneurship, UC Davis Graduate School of Management, 2010-present.
  • Olympus Emerging Educational Leader Award, National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance, 2009.
  • Chancellor’s Fellow, UC Davis, 2005-present.
  • Vanguard Award for the Energy Efficiency Center, Comstock’s Magazine, 2006.
  • Professors of Manufacturing Fellow, Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association.
  • Boeing Fellow, Future Professors of Manufacturing, Stanford Integrated Manufacturing Association.

Greta Hsu


Ph.D., Stanford University, Graduate School of Business

Courses Taught: The Individual & Group dynamics, Managing People in High-Performance Organizations, Strategy and Structure, People Analytics

Fast Facts

  • Expert in market categorization processes, organizational identity, and industry evolutionary dynamics

Greta Hsu is Professor of Management at the Graduate School of Management at University of California, Davis.  She received her Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and Master’s degrees in Statistics and Sociology from Stanford University. 

Through her research, Hsu develops understanding of how market categories are socially constructed, how they are used and strategically manipulated by market actors, and how they shape market evolution and competitive dynamics. Her current work studies market dynamics in the cannabis, electronic cigarette, and global fashion industries. 

Hsu’s papers include “Category Taken-for-Grantedness as a Strategic Opportunity: The Case of Light Cigarettes, 1964 to 1993,” published in the American Sociological ReviewCo-opt or co-exist?  A study of cannabis dispensaries’ identity-based responses to recreational-use legalization in Colorado and Washington,” published in Organization Science; ”Multiple Category Memberships in Markets: A Formal Theory and Two Empirical Tests,” published in American Sociological Review; and Jacks of All Trades and Masters of None: Audiences’ Reactions to Spanning Genres in Feature Film Production,” published in Administrative Science Quarterly.


Marybeth Kavanagh


Marybeth Kavanagh joined the Graduate School of Management as a lecturer in 2018 after spending 30 years with IBM Corporation leading numerous software development and technical consulting engagements. Kavanagh’s extensive experience working with clients to achieve critical business goals through technological improvement and organizational change strategies gives her an excellent foundation for advising MBA student teams’ Integrated Management Project consulting projects for client organizations.

Gareth Keeves


Ph.D. Strategic Management, Stephen M. Ross School of Business, University of Michigan

Gareth Keeves' research interests include impression management and impression formation in the context of corporate leadership. His first stream of research draws from social and psychological theories to examine interpersonal interactions between top managers. The second stream of research examines the linguistics of organizational communications, using computational linguistics to characterize the nature of company filings.

Brian Kennedy


JD, McGeorge Law School

Teaching Expertise: The development of persuasive, professional speaking and writing skills for business, and critical thinking protocols to optimize decision making

Lecturer Brian Kennedy is an attorney, focusing on criminal defense. He has his own law practice in San Diego.

Srinivas (Srini) Koushik

2021 Robert A. Fox Executive in Residence

Srini Koushik is an innovative and dynamic executive with a track record of leading organizations of all sizes to deliver business results through the use of digital technologies, design thinking, agile methods, lean processes, and unique data-driven insights.

This winter, Koushnik joins IBM as the executive leader for the Global Hybrid Cloud Applications Services Platform

Gary Lew


Gary Lew is currently lecturing in finance, management and accounting at the University of California Davis Graduate School of Management and Holy Names University and advises and consults in the aviation finance industry.

Sophie Linnett


Sophie Linnett received her MBA from UC Davis Graduate School of Management with a focus in operations and strategy. After graduating from Columbia University with a B.A. in Classics, Linnett founded an educational services company that helps students access opportunities in higher education. Students of Linnet's program have earned over three million dollars in scholarship funds. For fun, Sophie enjoys hiking in her hometown of Oakland and playing pub trivia.

Robert Lorber

Visiting Assistant Professor

President, Lorber Kamai Consulting Group

Ph.D., University of California, Davis

Research Expertise: executive coaching, performance management, leadership, teamwork, life planning, corporate culture and developing strategy.

Dickson Louie


Principal, Louie & Associates

MBA, University of Chicago

Lecturer Dickson Louie is principal of Louie & Associates, a boutique San Francisco Bay Area consultancy that provides strategic planning, competitive analysis, and executive development services to start-ups, nonprofits and Fortune 500 companies.

Michael W. Maher

Professor Emeritus

Ph.D., University of Washington

Research Expertise: Accounting, cost-effectiveness of online education, healthcare costs, corporate crime and misconduct

A recognized expert on managerial accounting, Professor Emeritus Michael Maher is also an authority on corporate crime (e.g., fraud, bribery, antitrust). He develops profiles on companies and managers that commit corporate misconduct, and studies and lectures on corporate ethics and the responsibilities of business and auditors to stakeholders.

Marc Ross Manashil


Master in Public Administration, Harvard Kennedy School

Master of Social Welfare, University of California, Berkeley

B.A. Political Science, University of California, Santa Barbara

Marc Ross Manashil is a consultant and educator specializing in leadership and organizational development. His background is in global health and philanthropy, having served in director roles with an international grant-making foundation, a medical relief organization, and an NGO preventing child mortality in West Africa. 

Robert Marquez


Ph.D., Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Research Expertise: Banking and corporate finance

A leading expert in banking and corporate finance, Professor Robert Marquez tries to uncover the mechanisms that underlie the behavior of financial institutions. One important focus of his research is the effect low interest rates have on banks and whether they encourage banks to take on more leverage. Marquez joined the Graduate School of Management faculty in July 2012.

Sorin Maruster


Ph.D., Northwestern University

Sorin Maruster is a senior manager in KPMG’s Silicon Valley tax practice, with more than five years of experience in valuation of complex securities, including earnouts, convertible bonds, put/call arrangements and equity-based compensation, under ASC 718, ASC 805 and ASC 820.

Nishith Mathur


Lecturer Nishith Mathur has extensive experience leading large Organization Change programs for implementation of business strategy, business processes, and IT systems in several domains including electronics, high-tech, manufacturing and automotive sectors.

He has worked at companies such as Accenture, IBM and Tech Mahindra.

Currently, he is Chief Solutions Officer at Infogain Inc., a Los Gatos headquartered software engineering services company where he is responsible for all technology solutions for their clients.

Todd Mirell


Teaching Field: Real Estate Finance and Development

A vice president at Union Bank, where he manages relationships with several of the top real estate developers in Northern California, Lecturer Todd Mirell has held previous positions with Preferred Capital Advisors as a senior associate, McMorgan & Company as a real estate investment analyst and with CB Richard Ellis Inc. as a property tax assistant/marketing specialist. 

Mirell earned both his MBA and B.S. in managerial economics from UC Davis.

Emma O'Rourke-Powell


Master of Business Administration, UC Davis

Professional Coaching for Life & Work Certificate, UC Davis Extension

Emma O'Rourke-Powell works at a venture capital fund that invests in companies at the intersection of food, health and sustainability. On the side, she works as a leadership coach and is involved in public affairs, as a Human Relations Commissioner for the City of Davis. Personal interests include thrift-flipping used clothing, playing strategy board games and reading 50 novels each year. 

Jim Olson

Lecturer, Robert A. Fox Executive in Residence, 2013

Jim Olson founded the WestShore Management Group in April of 2007, continuing a distinguished career after leading several high technology businesses for two Fortune companies and serving for nine years as CEO of SkyStream Networks, the top rated IPTV video head-end provider worldwide. WestShore Management Group provides Interim CEO, corporate consulting, and executive development services for both public, and private, venture-financed companies.

Mike Palazzolo

Assistant Professor

Ph.D., University of Michigan

Assistant Professor Mike Palazzolo’s research examines how consumers make intertemporal trade-offs. He has two streams of research stemming from this over-arching interest. The first explores consumer search behavior and the trade-off between short-term effort and long-term outcomes. The second explores consumer financial decision making and the trade-off between short-term expenditure and long-term savings.

Gregory Perelman

Visiting Faculty

Visiting Faculty Gregory Perelman has worked in the U.S. banking industry since 1990. For the last 15 years he has been employed by Wells Fargo Bank in various finance and management positions. He is based in San Francisco, where he conducts analysis of small business credit markets in the U.S. and internationally.

Jason Perez

Visiting Faculty

JD and MBA, UC Davis

Jason Perez began his career in the United States Navy as a military police officer. He served approximately one and a half years in Bahrain and two years in New Jersey leading teams of police officers responding to emergency 911 calls. Perez was also given the opportunity to attend military detainee operations school, where upon completion, he worked for approximately one and a half years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba as a prison guard.

Kay Peters

Visiting Assistant Professor

Ph.D., Christian-Albrechts-University

Courses Taught: International Marketing

Kay Peters is the founder and CEO of DMC Dialogmarketing Consulting GmbH and previously founded and sold a company. He worked at Accenture as a specialist for marketing strategy in the Telecommunications & eCommerce Sector. He also worked as marketing-controller for BASF AG in Caracas, Venezuela.

Peters received his Ph.D and MBA from Christian-Albrechts-University in Kiel,