Distinguished Faculty Join the Yale School of Management

By Karen Guzman

Distinguished faculty members from the fields of finance, economics, and operations management are joining the Yale School of Management this year. The three senior hires add to a string of strong faculty recruiting seasons at Yale SOM that have brought a number of leading scholars to the school.

The new faculty are seasoned educators with influential, active research portfolios who can quickly take on leadership roles, while also bringing valuable new perspectives, according to Edieal Pinker, deputy dean and the Bearing Point Professor of Operations Research.

“Yale SOM’s ability to attract senior faculty from other prestigious schools is a testament to the environment we have created here for faculty to do the work that most excites them,” Pinker said. “At Yale and SOM, they know that they will have great students, great colleagues, and the resources they need to support their scholarly pursuits.” 

Bryan Kelly joined Yale SOM on January 1, 2018, as professor of finance. He came to SOM from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, where he was a professor of finance. Kelly’s primary research fields are asset pricing and financial econometrics. He is interested in issues related to volatility, tail, and correlation risk in financial markets, predictive methods in high dimensional systems, banking sector systemic risk, financial intermediation, and financial networks.

Bryan Kelly

“SOM has an outstanding finance faculty,” Kelly said. “It’s very active and productive in areas that I work in. It’s also an environment that’s closely connected to the actual investment community, which provides a real-world outlet for my research and access to the questions that people in the finance industry are dealing with on a day-to-day basis. There’s a synergy between research and what’s actually happening on Wall Street.”

Kelly is a fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research and associate director of Yale SOM’s International Center for Finance. He is also a consultant for AQR Capital Management, LLC. Kelly earned a bachelor’s degree in economics from the University of Chicago, a master’s degree in economics from the University of California—San Diego, and a PhD in finance from the New York University’s Stern School of Business.

Nils Rudi

This summer, Nils Rudi, a professor of technology and operations management and the Abu Dhabi Commercial Bank Chaired Professor in International Management at INSEAD, will join Yale SOM as professor of operations management.

Rudi is currently undertaking two main research challenges, both combining aspects of research and application. One is to create a robust way to forecast and analyze new product introductions. The other is to create the first methodology of advanced analytics for football (soccer).

Rudi said he is eager to join Yale SOM’s outstanding faculty and students, as well as the greater Yale community. “I look forward to being part of a university with top-level statistics, computer science, and psychology departments,” he said. Rudi also cited the operations department’s broad scope as a reason for his choice to join Yale SOM: “The department encourages exploring new research questions rather than mainly focusing on extending existing research topics.”

His research has appeared in leading journals such as the InterfacesJournal of Management Information SystemsManagement ScienceManufacturing & Service Operations ManagementOperations Research, and Supply Chain Management Review. Nils holds an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Molde College (Norway) and a PhD in Operations Management from the University of Pennsylvania.

Also on July 1, Robert Jensen will join Yale SOM as professor of economics and director of the Program on Social Enterprise. Jensen was previously a professor of business economics and public policy at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business. 

Jensen’s research includes the microeconomics of international poverty and economic development, including topics such as gender, health, education, fertility, and the role of markets and private enterprise in promoting economic development. Jensen has conducted and/or currently has ongoing survey projects in China, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, Nepal, and India. 

Jensen is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER), a fellow of the Bureau for Research and Economic Analysis of Development (BREAD), and an affiliate of the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab. He received his PhD in economics from Princeton University and his B.A. from Williams College.