Carnegie Mellon University

Doctoral Dissertation Proposals and Defenses

View the dissertation proposals and defenses of our doctoral students.

Upcoming Dissertation Defenses

Leah Clark, Economics and Public Policy
"Three Essays on Economic Access to Public K-12 Education" [abstract]
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
10:00 a.m., Hamburg Hall 1202

Hyun Hwang, Accounting
Dissertation Defense Title TBA
Wednesday, April 10, 2019
10:30 a.m., Tepper Quad 5221

Phong Truong, Accounting
Dissertation Defense Title TBA
Thursday, April 11, 2019
1:00 p.m., Tepper Quad 2119

Minyoung Rho, Economics
Dissertation Defense Title TBA
Friday, April 12, 2019
2:00 p.m., Tepper Quad 3801

Anna Mayo, Organizational Behavior and Theory
Dissertation Defense Title TBA
Friday, April 12, 2019
3:00 p.m., Tepper Quad 4219

Siyu (Eric) Lu, Financial Economics
Dissertation Defense Title TBA
Monday, April 15, 2019
10:30 a.m., Tepper Quad 4219

Zijun (June) Shi, Marketing
Dissertation Defense Title TBA
Friday, April 19, 2019
10:30 a.m., Tepper Quad 5219

Eungsik Kim, Economics
Dissertation Defense Title TBA
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
10:30 a.m., Tepper Quad 4219

Siddharth Singh, Operations Management
Dissertation Defense Title TBA
Friday, April 26, 2019
8:30 a.m., Tepper Quad 5219

Dabeen Lee, Algorithms, Combinatorics, and Optimization
Dissertation Defense Title TBA
Friday, April 26, 2019
3:00 p.m., Tepper Quad 4219

Nam Ho-Nguyen, Operations Research
Dissertation Defense Title TBA
Tuesday, April 30, 2019
10:00 a.m., Tepper Quad 4242

Shunyuan Zhang, Business Technologies
Dissertation Defense Title TBA
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
8:30 a.m., Tepper Quad 4219

Gerdus Benade, Operations Research
Dissertation Defense Title TBA
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
2:30 p.m., Tepper Quad 4242

Ryo Kimura, Operations Research
Dissertation Defense Title TBA
Thursday, May 2, 2019
9:00 a.m., Tepper Quad 4219

Julian Givi, Marketing
Dissertation Defense Title TBA
Friday, May 3, 2019
11 a.m., Tepper Quad 5219

Megan O'Malley, Economics
Dissertation Defense Title TBA
Friday, May 3, 2019
3:30 p.m., Tepper Quad 5219

Upcoming Dissertation Proposals

Shuya Li, Economics
Dissertation Proposal Title TBA
Wednesday, May 1, 2019
11 a.m., Tepper Quad 4243

Recent Proposals, Defenses and Dissertations


Hyun Hwang

"Corporate Disclosure: Intra-firm and Inter-firm Perspectives"

Guoyu Lin

"Essays on Earnings Management and Corporate Governance"

Phong Truong

"External Factors Influencing Firm Information Environment: Essays on Financial Analysts, Auditors, and Industry Peers"

Wenjie Xue

"Essay on Financial Reporting Regulation and Enforcement"

Carl Brousseau

"Essays on Financial Reporting Quality"

Min Cao

"Stock Price Behavior Around External Financing"

Nam Ho

“Competition in the Market for Assurance Services”

Eunhee Kim

"The Mechanism of Control in Organizations: Essays on Imperfect Measures of Managerial Talent"

Tae Wook Ryan Kim

"Essays on Earnings Management, Investment Efficiency, and Managerial Incentives"

Chen Li

"Essays on the Structural Models of Executive Compensation"

Wei Li

"Essays on Earning Management and Leading Indicator Variables"

Yi Liang

"Essays in Accounting Regulation and Earning Management"

Jong Chool Park

Mandatory & Voluntary Disclosure: The Stock Market Reaction to Mandatory Segment Reporting Changes & the Credibility of Voluntary Management Forecasts

Hong Qu

"How Do Market Price and Cheap Talk Affect Coordination?"

Lufei Ruan

"Essays on Accounting Conservatism, Managerial Incentives, and Investment Efficiency"

Amy Xue Sun

“Informativeness of Dividend Announcements and the Market’s Inefficient Response to Earnings”

Hao Xue

"Essays on Multiple Strategic Producers of Information"

Gaoqing Zhang

"An Economic Inquiry into Information Disclosure by Banking Institutions"

Ran Zhao

"A Firm's Information Disclosure and the Markets for Its Inputs and Outputs"

Yinqing Janet Zhao

"Essays on Information and the Bond Market"

Business Technologies and Information Systems

Shunyuan Zhang

"A Structural Analysis of Sharing Economy Leveraging Location and Image Analytics Using Deep Learning"

Ashish Agarwal

"Essays on Economics of Technology Markets"

Bryon Balint

"Field Studies in Offshoring and Process Standardization"

Wai Fong Boh

“Learning, Knowledge-Sharing and Expertise Management in Project-Based Knowledge Work”

Bo Reum Choi

"Essays on Socialization in Online Groups"

Xuefei Deng

"Understanding ERP Requirements Analysis and Design: User Participation, Knowledge Transfer and Shared Mental Models”

Elina Hyeunjung Hwang

"Knowledge Sharing and Creation through Social Media in Organizations

Muhammad Zia Hydari

"Saving Patient Ryan—Can Advanced Electronic Medical Records Make Patient Care Safer?

Baojun Jiang

"Strategic Analyses of User Generated Contents and Platforms"

Byung Cho Kim

Essays on Software Market: Security, Liability, and Pricing

Seung Hyun Kim

"An Empirical Assessment of Knowledge Management Systems"

Tat Koon Koh

"Essays on Technology-Enabled Platforms"

Vineet Kumar

"Marketing Implications of Shared Information Goods"

Nishtha Langer

"Essays in Information Technology Management"

Yingda Lu

"Essays on Social Media Platforms"

Liye Ma

"Essays on Internet and Network Mediated Marketing Interactions"


William Bednar

"Bank Productivity and Capital Regulation"

Chi (Faith) Feng

"Essays on Innovation and Entrepreneurship"

Caroline Hopkins

"Essays on the Economics of Flood Risk"

Eungsik Kim

"Three Essays in the Stochastic Overlapping Generations Models"

Jiayi Li

"Essays in Business Cycles, Unemployment, and Investment"

Megan O'Malley

"Essays on Hospital Quality Decisions"

Hakki Ozdenoren

"Essays on Automation and Social Insurance"

Ali O. Polat

"Essays on Market/Mechanism Design"

Nick Pretnar

The Individual Anomalies and Aggregate Impacts of Households’ Consumption and Savings Decisions

Kole Reddig

"Participation and Performance in Accountable Care Organizations"

Minyoung Rho

"Essays on Matching Markets on School Choice"

Benjamin Tengelsen

"Essays on the Connection Between Credit and Labor Markets"

I-Ta Yang

"Essays on Strategic Behavior in Entry and Exit and the Impact on Local Economy"

Wenting Yu

"Economies in Networks"

Jose Anchorena

Three Essays on Productivity Change, Growth and Development

Aaron Barkley

"Cost and Efficiency in Dynamic Government Outsourcing: Evidence from the Dredging Industry"

Majid Bazarbash

"Banking and Interest Rate Spreads in Macroeconomics"

Andres Bellofatto

"Essays on Macroeconomics and Public Finance"

Jeremy Bertomeu

Risk Management and the Design of Efficient Incentive Schemes

Dario Cestau

"Essays on the Provision and Funding of Public Goods"

Billie Davis

"Essays on Education Economics"

Cédric Ehouarne

"Cross-Sectional Phenomena and New Perspectives on Macro-Finance Puzzles"

Özgün Ekici

"Discrete Resource Allocation Problems: Market Design and Axiomatic Mechanism Design"

Lili Gao

"Applications of Machine Learning and Computational Linguistics in Financial Economics"

Dimitrios Giannias

"Differentiated Products Solutions to Equilibrium Models

Brett Gordon

"A Dynamic Structural Analysis of the PC Microprocessor Industry

Zümrüt İmamoğlu

"Understanding International Price Dispersion"

Jason Imbrogno

"Essays on the Economics of Education"

Ari Choi Kang

"Parental Choices and the Labor Market Outcome of Children"

Abha Kapoor

"Essays on Macroeconomics"

Cigdem Gizem Körpeoğlu

"Essays on Microeconomic Theory and Its Applications"

Musab Kurnaz

"Essays on Public Finance and Auction Theory"

Richard Lowery

"Cooperation in Infinite Games: Applications to Finance and Public Economics"

Steven Lugauer

Essays on the Labor Force and Aggregate Fluctuations

Fabrizio Orrego Peche

"Essays in Overlapping Generations Economies"

Sompop Pattanariyankool

"Essays on Power System Economics"

Maxime Roy

"On the Securitization of Student Loans and the Financial Crisis of 2007–2009"

Batchimeg Sambalaibat

"Essays in Financial Economics: CDS and Sovereign Bond Market Liquidity, CDS as Sovereign Debt Collateral, Currency Risk and Pricing Kernel Volatility"

Nandana Sengupta

"Machine Learning Techniques in Applied Econometrics"

Benjamin Tengelsen

"Essays on Credit Frictions, Market Expansion, and Strategic Team Production"

Erica VanSant

"Essays on Public Economics"

Jessie Jiaxu Wang

"The Effects of Contracting and Labor Search on Risks in Financial Markets"

Shutian Zeng

"Three Essays in Macroeconomics"

Financial Economics

Eric Siyu Lu

"Essays on Bank Competition and Regulation"

Vitaly Merso

"Essays on Novel Methods in Empirical Finance"

Jackson Pfeiffer

"Essays on the Liquidity of Financial Markets"

Tianyi (Robert) Yang

"Essays on Asset Management"

Jueheng Zhu

"Essays on high-frequency trading and speed bump"

Fernando Anjos

Networks, Complementarities, and Transaction Costs: Applications in Finance and Economic Development

A. Cevdet Aydemir

“Stock Volatility and Correlations in Dynamic General Equilibrium Models”

Steven David Baker

"Modeling Financial Markets with Heterogeneous Agents"

António Barbosa

"Incorporation of Information in Asset Prices: Dynamic Trading and Manipulation"

Emilio Bisetti

"Essays in Financial Economics"

Maria Chaderina

"Essays in Finance: Pre-borrowing: Co-existence of Cash and Debt; Predators, Prey and Volatility on Wall Street"

Camilo Botía Chaparro

"Disclosure Policies, Bank Runs, and Managerial Incentives"

Edwige Cheynel

"A Theory of Voluntary Disclosure and Cost of Capital"

Federico Gavazzoni

"Essays on Asset Pricing Puzzles"

Vincent Glode

"Essays on the Performance of Investment Funds"

Ozge Gokbayrak

"Financing Frictions and Firm Dynamics

Benjamin Holcblat

"A Classical Moment-Based Inference Framework with Bayesian Properties: Econometric Theory and Simulation Evidence from Asset Pricing"

Nam Jong Kim

"Essays on International Finance"

Yongjin Kim

"Essays on Corporate Investment"

Stephen Lenkey

"Essays on Closed-End Funds and Advance Disclosure of Trading"

Artem Neklyudov

"Essays in Financial Economics: Securitizations Trading, Decentralized Interdealer Markets, and Strategic Information Acquisition with Overlaps"

Atanu (Rick) Paul

"Essays in Asset Pricing" [abstract]

Carlos Ramírez

"Essays on Financial Intermediation and Economic Linkages"

Alexander Schiller

"Essays on Asset Pricing and the Macroeconomy with Limited Stock Market Participation"

David Schreindorfer

"Essays on Asset Pricing and Portfolio Choice with Time-Varying Uncertainty"


Colleen Giblin

"Ownership Polarizes Evaluations: Self-Reference as an Alternate Account to Self-Enhancement"

Julian Givi

"Errors in Gift Giving: When and Why Givers and Receivers Don't See Eye-to-Eye"

Yijin Kim

"Cross-Market Impact and Technology Adoption in the Sharing Economy"

June Zijun Shi

"Three Essays in Marketing"

Darron Billeter

Essays on Consumer Learning and New Product Adoption

Pak Yan (Patrick) Choi

"Essays on Channels and Product Line Design"

Kevin YC Chung

"Essays on Brand Alliance in Marketing"

Francisco Orlando Cisternas Vera

"Essays on the Impact of New Technologies on Firm-Consumer Relationships"

Tansev Geylani

“The Impact of Retailers’ Asymmetric Power on Channel Relations”

Tanuka Ghoshal

"Nonconscious Factors Influencing Attitude/Behavior/Judgment of Products and Sequences"

Marcel Goic

"Essays on Multi-Product Pricing"

Young Eun Huh

"Essays on Consumption: Top-Down Motivational Processes in Food Consumption"

Xiao Liu

“Marketing Solutions Enabled by Big Data Using Structural Models”

Sameer Mathur

"Product-Line Design in Emerging Markets"

Jian Ni

"A Dynamic Structural Analysis of the Health Care Service Market with Information Asymmetry"

Peter Stüttgen

"Taking the World As It Is: Three Essays in Marketing"

Yang Yang

"Sentimental Value and Its Influence on Hedonic Adaptation"

Meng Zhu

"Essays on Conservation and Waste in Consumption"

Operations Management

Mehmet Aydemir

"Essays in Time Sensitive Service Operations"

Franco Berbeglia

"Strategies and Implications of Entertainment Media Consumption"

Siddharth Singh

"Essays in Modern Operations Management"

Bo Yang

"Pathwise Optimization for Merchant Energy Production"

Alp Akcay

"Statistical Estimation Problems in Inventory Management"

Nihat Altintas

Incorporating Buyer Behavior to Drive Supply Chain Operations

Ismail Civelek

"Essays on Operations Management"

Elvin Coban

"Deterministic and Stochastic Models for Practical Scheduling Problems"

Sherwin Doroudi

"Stochastic Analysis of Maintenance and Routing Policies in Queueing Systems"

Michele Dufalla

"Essays in Service Operations Management"

Paul Enders

"Applications of Stochastic and Queueing Models to Operational Decision Making"

Xin Fang

"Competition and Cooperation in Global Supply Chain Networks"

Canan Gunes

"Essays on Operations Management"

Ersin Körpeoğlu

"Innovation and Crowdsourcing Contests"

Emre Nadar

"New Markov Decision Process Formulations and Optimal Policy Structure for Assemble-to-Order and New Product Development Problems"

Leela Nageswaran

"Innovative Models in Service Operations"

Masha Shunko

"Global Supply Chain Planning: Impact of International Taxation and Transfer Pricing"

Vincent W. Slaugh

Essays in Service Operations Management

Ekut Sonmez

"Capacity Management with Technology Considerations"

Jiong Sun

"Managing Technology and Operations in Emerging Markets"

Mulan Xiaofeng Wang

"Risk Management and Supply Chain Management in the Natural Gas and Global Liquefied Natural Gas Industry"

Xin Wang

"Operational Decisions Under the Influence of Government Regulation"

Organizational Behavior and Theory

Elizabeth L. Campbell

"Gender and Sponsorship in Organizations"

Jerry Guo

"Organizational Routines and Adaptation"

Pranav Gupta

"Transactive Attentional Coordination (TAC): The Study of Emergence and Role of Attention in Collectively Intelligent Behavior"

Alessandro Iorio

"Individual Performance and Organizational Networks"

Anna Mayo

"Dynamic Teams: Navigating Membership Change and Boundary Permeability"

Ishani Aggarwal

"Cognitive Style Diversity in Teams"

Julia Bear

"'Passing the Buck': Incongruence Between Gender Role and Topic Leads to Avoidance of Negotiation"

Gerard Beenen

"An Achievement Goal Framework for Understanding the Learning-Performance Tension in Short-term Jobs"

Daylian Cain

"The Dirt on Coming Clean: The Perverse Effects of Disclosing Conflicts of Interest"

Jin Wook Chang

"The Effects of Intergroup Status on Intragroup Processes"

Klarissa Chang

"A Psychological Contract Perspective on Social Embeddedness and Knowledge Exchange"

Benjamin C. Collier

"Leadership Development in Core-Periphery Organizations"

Erin Fahrenkopf

"Knowledge Transfer by Employees Across Firm Boundaries: a Micro Process with Consequential Macro Outcomes"

Kenneth Goh

"A Multi-Method Study of Iterative Processes in Creative Project Teams"

Emily Haisley

"The Appeal of Lotteries and Their Use in Incentive Design"

Uriel Haran

"A Simple and Effective Way to Reduce Overprecision in Judgment"

Yeonjeong Kim

"Text-Based Unethical Behavior Forecasting: The Hidden Information Distribution and Evaluation (HIDE) Model"

Jonathan Kush

"The Influence of Communication Networks and Turnover on TMS and Team Performance"

Kimberly S. Ling

"Sadness at Work: The Impact of Sadness on Information Perception, Search, and Use"

Lily Morse

"Bad Deeds for Good Friends: Maintaining Independence and Objectivity in the Workplace"

Joseph Radzevick

"The Market for Overconfidence"

Sunita Sah

"Essays on Conflicts of Interest in Medicine"

Sam Swift

"Talking the Value Out of the Deal: Self-Perception and the Subjective Value of Negotiated Outcomes"

Gergana Todorova

"Resolving the Conflict-Creativity Tension in Functionally-Diverse Innovation Teams"

Nazli Turan

"Concession Frames in Distributive Negotiations"

Amanda Weirup

"Decisions about Workplace Favor Requests"

Courtney D. Williamson

"Community College Student Performance:The Effects of a Remedial Intervention, Demographic Factors, & Psychological Factors on Student Achievement & Retention"

Zachariah Sharek

"The Illusion of the Illusion of Control"

Evelyn Ying Zhang

"Intra-Organizational Mobility: Movers, Incumbents, and Communication Networks"

Operations Research

Gerdus Benade

"Equality and Efficiency in Computational Social Choice"

Nam Ho-Nguyen

"Efficient Methods for Addressing Data Uncertainty in Optimization"

Amin Hosseininasab

"Mining Knowledge from Sequential Data: Algorithms and Applications"

Ryo Kimura

"Modern Methodologies for Practical Discrete Optimization Models"

Kent Hoj Andersen

“Split Disjunctions and Mixed Integer Linear Programs”

Atul Bhandari

Stochastic Optimization Problems in the Service Industry with Customer Considerations

Andre Augusto Cire

Decision Diagrams for Optimization

Miroslav Karamanov

Branch and Cut: An Empirical Study

Selvaprabu Nadarajah

"Approximate Dynamic Programming for Commodity and Energy Merchant Operations"

Thiago Serra

"Essays on Postoptimality, Lift-and-Project, and Scheduling" [abstract]

Negar Soheili Azad

"Elementary Algorithms for Solving Convex Optimization Problems"

John Turner

"Ad Slotting and Pricing: New Media Planning Models for New Media"

Nan Xiong

"Empirical Study of Private Firms"

Hakan Yildiz

"Methodologies and Applications for Scheduling, Routing & Related Problems"

Joint Ph.D. Program: Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization

Arash Haddadan

"New bounds for integrality gaps by gluing convex combinations"

Dabeen Lee

"Structure and Complexity in Integer Programming"

Amitabh Basu

"Corner Polyhedra and Maximal Lattice-free Convex Sets: A Geometric Approach to Cutting Planes"

David Bergman

"New Techniques for Discrete Optimization"

Stylianos Despotakis

"Expertise, Attribution, and Ad-Blocking in the World of Online Marketing"

Latife Genc-Kaya

"Hybrid Approaches to Scheduling and Clustering"

Vineet Goyal

"Combinatorial Optimization Under Uncertainty"

Samid Hoda

"Essays on Equilibrium Computation, MDD-based Constraint Programming and Scheduling"

Yang Jiao

"Algorithms for Ranking and Routing Problems"

Jeremy Karp

"Models and Methods for Omni-channel Fulfillment"

Aleksandr Kazachkov

"Non-Recursive Cut Generation"

Qihang Lin

"Large-Scale Optimization for Machine Learning and Sequential Decision Making"

Marco Molinaro

"Understanding the Strength of General-Purpose Cutting Planes"

Viswanath Nagarajan

"Approximation Algorithms for Sequencing Problems"

Benjamin Peterson

"Transportation Scheduling Methods"

Andrea Qualizza

"Cutting Planes for Mixed Integer Programming"

Amin Sayedi

"Essays on Sponsored Search Advertising"

Mohit Singh

Iterative Methods in Combinatorial Optimization

Christian Tjandraatmadja

"Decision Diagram Relaxations for Integer Programming"

Sercan Yildiz

"Valid Inequalities for Mixed Integer Linear and Mixed Integer Conic Programs"

Joint Ph.D. Program: Management of Manufacturing and Automation

Tinglong Dai

"Incentives in U.S. Healthcare Operations"

Guoming Lai

"Essays on Operations Management with Strategic Consumer Behavior, Real Earnings Management, and Capital Financing"

Ying Xu

"Impact of Information on Operations Management in Emerging Businesses

Ronghuo Zheng

"Essays on Corporate Governance, Managerial Incentives, and Crowdfunding"

Yangfang Helen Zhou

"Managing Wind-based Electricity Generation and Storage"

Joint Ph.D. Program: Economics and Public Policy

Leah Clark

"Three Essays on Economic Access to Public K-12 Education"

Jeff Brinkman

"Essays on Urban Agglomeration"

John Gardner

"The Labor Economics of the Great Migration

Judy Geyer

"Essays in Housing Policy for Low-Income Households"

Jeff Lingwall

An Economic History of Compulsory Attendance and Child Labor Laws in the United States, 1810-1926

Luis Quintero

"Essays on Specification and Estimation of Models of Markets for Heterogeneous Housing"

Abby Turner

"Three Essays on the Economics of Education"

Melanie A. Zaber

"Three Essays in Household Economics"