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Six New Faculty Members Join Yale SOM

In 2016-17, Yale SOM welcomes new faculty in finance, organizational behavior, accounting, marketing, and design and management, and promotes several veteran professors.

The Yale School of Management welcomes six new faculty members for the 2016-17 academic year, effective on July 1. In addition, several veteran professors have been promoted to more senior positions.

New Faculty

Tobias J. Moskowitz, an acclaimed scholar previously at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, joins Yale SOM as the inaugural Dean Takahashi ’80 B.A., ’83 M.P.P.M. Professor of Finance. Moskowitz’s research has explored a wide range of capital markets, investigating factors that drive returns in many asset classes and geographies.

Tobias J. Moskowitz

Other new faculty include Julia DiBenigno, who joins the faculty as an assistant professor of organizational behavior. DiBenigno received her PhD at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Her research interests include organizational and institutional change, cross-occupational collaboration, and organizational ethnography.

Zeqiong Huang joins the school as an assistant professor of accounting. Huang received her PhD at Duke University Fuqua School of Business. Her research interests include determinants and economic consequences of disclosures and accounting standard setting.

Song Ma has been appointed assistant professor of finance. He also received his PhD at Duke University Fuqua School of Business; his research areas include empirical corporate finance and entrepreneurial finance.

Leading graphic designers Jessica Helfand and Michael Bierut join Yale SOM in faculty positions that focus on the meeting of management and design. Bierut and Helfand co-founded the website Design Observer, and they produce the design podcast Observatory.

Formerly a senior critic in graphic design at the Yale School of Art and a lecturer at Yale College, Helfand joins Yale SOM as a lecturer in design and management. She is also the artist-in-residence at Yale’s Institute for Network Science.

A partner at Pentagram, the world’s largest independent design consultancy firm, as well as a senior critic at the Yale School of Art, Bierut has been appointed as a lecturer in the practice of design and management.


Anjani Jain

Also this year, a number of veteran SOM faculty members have been promoted.

Anjani Jain, senior associate dean for the MBA program, and David Bach, senior associate dean for executive MBA and global programs, have been named professors in the practice of management.

David Bach
Marissa King

Jain’s research interests include the analysis and design of manufacturing systems, optimization algorithms, and probabilistic analysis of combinatorial problems. Courses he teaches include Operations Strategy, Spreadsheet Modeling, Simulation Modeling, and Modeling Managerial Decisions.

An expert in political economy, Bach’s research and teaching focus on business-government relations, nonmarket strategy, and global market regulation. He teaches the core MBA course State & Society as well as the elective course Nonmarket Strategy.

Marissa King has been promoted to the rank of professor of organizational behavior. King’s research interests include factors associated with the adoption, diffusion, and utilization of mental health medications. She teaches two courses, Innovator and Managing Strategic Networks.

In addition, Lorenzo Caliendo has been promoted to associate professor of economics and George Newman to associate professor of management and marketing. Kyle Jensen, associate dean and the Shanna and Eric Bass '05 Director of Entrepreneurship, has been named a senior lecturer.