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The Carlson School has added five new assistant professors to our faculty.

Hengjie Ai
Hengjie Ai (Finance)

Ai returns to the University of Minnesota, where he earned his PhD in economics, after having served as an assistant professor of finance at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University. Ai’s research focuses on asset pricing and its connections with macroeconomics and corporate finance.


Vivian Fang
Vivian Fang (Accounting)

Fang comes to Minnesota having been on the faculty at Rutgers University. Her research interests lie in the intersection of corporate finance and financial accounting, with a focus on the implications of stock market liquidity for corporate governance and the effect of institutional trading on earnings quality. She holds a PhD from Tulane University.


Jiao Luo
Jiao Luo (Strategic Management and Organization)

Luo received her PhD from Columbia Business School. Her research interests include organization theory, strategic management, network, trust, learning, relational exchange, reputation, legitimacy, and institutionalization.


Maria Ana Vitorino
Maria Ana Vitorino (Marketing)

Vitorino earned her PhD in marketing from the University of Chicago. Prior to joining the Carlson School, she was on the faculty of the Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania). Her research interests include firms’ pricing strategy, consumer-choice models, and using game-theoretic models to explain the strategic impact of firms’ decisions.


Linli Xu
Linli Xu (Marketing)

Xu received her PhD in business administration from the University of Southern California. Her research interests include advertising effectiveness and new product development, empirical industrial organization, and dynamic structural models.



We also would like to announce the retirement of Associate Professor Robert Connor, an expert in health economics and health care management. With emeritus faculty status, Connor will continue to teach at the Carlson School as an adjunct.

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