The Leeds PhD program prepares graduates for academic careers at great universities all over the U.S. and the world. Here is a sampling of recent placements in the areas of Accounting, Finance, Marketing, Organizational Behavior and Information Systems, and Strategy, Entrepreneurship and Operations.

  • Tongqing Ding
    PhD: 2019
    Placement: University of Melbourne
    Dissertation: Understanding Heterogeneous Board Busyness: Determinants and Implications.
  • Nikki Skinner
    PhD: 2019
    Placement: University of Georgia
    Dissertation: Changing the Channel: The Relation between Information Complexity and Disclosure Channel Richness.
  • Leah Baer
    PhD: 2018
    Placement: University of Missouri at Columbia
    Dissertation: Are All Interim CEOs Created Equal? Evidence from Investor Perceptions and CEO Behavior
  • Caleb Rawson
    PhD: 2018
    Placement: University of Arkansas
    Dissertation: Who Let the Secrets Out? Overconfidence and the disclosure of proprietary information
  • Judith Hermis
    PhD: 2017
    Placement: Naval Postgraduate School
    Dissertation: Corporate Political Influence and Contract Risk: Evidence from Federal Procurement
  • Andrea Pawliczek
    PhD: 2017
    Placement: University of Missouri at Columbia
    Dissertation: The Effect of Performance Shares on Executive Incentives 
  • Jonathan Black
    PhD: 2015
    Placement: Purdue University
    Dissertation: Assessing the Impact of Credit Derivative Seller Disclosure
  • ​Adam Bordeman
    PhD: 2015
    Placement: California Polytechnic State University
    Dissertation: The Effects of Discretion in Accounting Standards on Financial Reporting Comparability
  • Jessica Weber
    PhD: 2014
    Placement: University of Nevada, Reno
    Dissertation: Corporate Social Responsibility Disclosure Level, External Assurance and Cost of Equity Capital 
  • Marc Cussatt
    PhD: 2014
    Placement: University of Washington, Pullman
    Dissertation: The Usefulness of Pension Obligation Estimates – Evidence from the Post-Financial Crisis Era
  • Jeremy Michels
    PhD: 2014
    Placement: University of Pennsylvania
    Dissertation: Essays on Disclosure
  • Paige Patrick
    PhD: 2013
    Placement: University of Washington
    Dissertation: Essays in Executive Compensation
  • Troy Pollard
    PhD: 2013
    Placement: University of Alabama
    Dissertation: Sneaking in the Back Door? An Evaluation of Reverse Mergers and IPOs
  • Kristin Luttecke
    PhD: 2012
    Placement: University of North Carolina, Charlotte
    Dissertation: Expectations Management Around Fixed Date Stock Option Grants
  • Sanghyuk Byun
    PhD: 2012
    Placement: Sogang University, Korea
    Dissertation: Determinants and Implications of Executive Pay Dispersion and Compensation to Investor Relations Officers
  • Brian Burnett
    PhD: 2011
    Placement: Indiana University, Bloomington
    Dissertation: Essays on Disclosure and Legal Origin
  • Curtis Nicholls
    PhD: 2010
    Placement: Bucknell University
    Dissertation: The Impact of Accounting & Auditing Enforcement Actions on Firm’s Cost of Equity Capital
  • Qiuhong Zhao
    PhD: 2010
    Placement: University of Missouri at Columbia
    Dissertation: Credit Rating Agency Efficiency: Credit Watch, Monitoring Role, and Effects of Earnings Management
  • Greg Martin
    PhD: 2009
    Initial Placement: University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
    Current Placement: Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis
    Dissertation: Shareholder Rights’ Relation to Earnings Management: A Pre- and Post-Sarbanes Oxley Examination
  • Boo Chun Jung
    PhD: 2007
    Placement: University of Hawaii, Manoa
    Dissertation: Information Asymmetry and the Relations between Dividend Increases, Risk and Expected Future Earnings Changes
  • Stephan Fafatas
    PhD: 2006
    Placement: Washington & Lee University
    Dissertation: Audit Failure, Auditor Reputation, and Risk Management Strategies
  • Yanhua “Sunny” Yang
    PhD: 2006
    Initial Placement: University of Texas, Austin
    Current Placement: University of Connecticut
    Dissertation: Earnings Management as a Response to the Threat of Exchange Delisting
  • Ran Zhang
    PhD: 2006
    Placement: Peking University
    Dissertation: Cash Flow Management and Its Market Pricing
  • Veronda Willis
    PhD: 2005
    Placement: University of Texas - San Antonio
  • David Paul Weber
    PhD: 2005
    Placement: University of Connecticut
  • Jialin Kevin Sun
    PhD: 2005
    Placement: University of Hawai at Manoa
  • Sung Wook Yoon
    PhD: 2004
    Placement: Winona State University
  • Rafael Lara
    PhD: 2003
    Placement: Concordia University - Montreal Canada
  • Dov Fischer
    PhD: 2003
    Placement: Simon Fraser University, Burnaby B.C.

  • Subhiksha Swamy
    PhD: 2018
    Placement: Market Force Information
    Dissertation: Essays on Capital Reallocation
  • Jordan Martel
    PhD: 2018
    Placement: Indiana University (visiting professor)
    Dissertation: Essays in Real Estate Economics
  • Gustaf Bellstam
    PhD: 2018
    Placement: Remitly
    Dissertation: Essays on Financial Information in Text
  • Saad Alnahedh
    PhD: 2017
    Placement: Kuwait University
    Dissertation: Essays on Banking and Finance
  • Bharadwaj Kannan
    PhD: 2016
    Placement: Colorado State University
    Dissertation: Essays on Labor and Finance
  • Michael Manser
    PhD: 2015
    Placement: Promontory Financial Group
    Dissertation: Competitive Consequences and Effectiveness of Bank Regulatory Intervention
  • John Jason Lunn
    PhD: 2014
    Placement: Penn State University
    Dissertation: Competition and Corporate Investment Policy
  • AbdulRahman Al-Taweel
    PhD: 2014
    Placement: Kuwait University
    Dissertation: Corporate Governance and Employee Pensions
  • David Brown
    PhD: 2014
    Placement: University of Arizona
    Dissertation: Investing in Security Price Informativeness: The Role of IPO Underpricing
  • Nhan Le
    PhD: 2012
    Placement: Post Doc at Mannheim Business School, Germany
    Dissertation: Essays in Empirical Corporate Finance
  • Ying Xiao
    PhD: 2011
    Placement: Mount Saint Mary College, Newburgh, NY
    Dissertation: Essays in Pre-IPO R&D and Growth
  • Yang Ho Park
    PhD: 2011
    Placement: Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System
    Dissertation: Two Essays on Options Market
  • Jun Lu
    PhD: 2011
    Placement: Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, China
    Dissertation: Size, Leverage and Risk-taking of Financial Institutions
  • Jeffrey Merrell
    PhD: 2011
    Placement: United States Air Force Academy
    Dissertation: Essays on Legal Origin and Corporate Governance: Evidence from Louisiana and Quebec
  • Surasak Ngammekchai
    PhD: 2008
    Placement: Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, China
    Dissertation: How to Human Capital Assets Affect Cumulative Abnormal Returns During Merger and Acquisition?
  • Wei Wang
    PhD: 2008
    Placement: University of New Orleans
    Dissertation: Two Essays on IPO Information Revelation
  • Moonsoo Kang
    PhD: 2007
    Initial Placement: Loyola College
    Current Placement: Iona College
    Dissertation: Does More Informed Trading Necessarily Lead to Higher Expected Returns
  • Stefan Platikanov
    PhD: 2007
    Placement: Suffolk University
    Dissertation: Essays on Firm Investments and Financial Constraints
  • Brian Bolton
    PhD: 2006
    Initial Placement: University of New Hampshire
    Current Placement: Portland State University
    Dissertation: Corporate Governance and Firm Performance
  • Gitit Gur-Gershgoren​
    PhD: 2006
    Placement: Ben-Gurion University
  • Guoming (Alan) Huang
    PhD: 2005
    Placement: University of Waterloo
  • Michael Loroz
    PhD: 2004
    Placement: No information provided
  • Jing Yang      
    PhD: 2003
    Placement: California State University – Fullerton

  • Lauren Min  
    PhD: 2018
    Placement: University of Kansas
    Dissertation: Two Essays on Consumer Curation
  • Andrew Long
    PhD: 2018
    Placement: Louisiana State University
    Dissertation: There’s No Accounting for Taste: The Role of Unique Features and Explanations in Perceived Product Differentiation
  • Erin Percival Carter
    PhD: 2017
    Placement: University of Maine
    Dissertation: A Dynamic and Multi-Dimensional Approach to Consumer Well-Being
  • Julie Schiro
    PhD: 2016
    Placement: University College Dublin
    Dissertation: Using Humor to "Sell" Good Life Choices
  • Christina Kan
    PhD: 2015
    Placement: Texas A&M University
    Dissertation: Two Essays on Coping with Constraint
  • An Tran
    PhD: 2014
    Placement: Drexel University, Sacramento
    Dissertion: Consequences and Causes of Broad or Narrow Categories in Budgeting and Planning
  • Bridget Leonard
    PhD: 2014
    Placement: Indiana University-Purdue University Fort Wayne
    Dissertation: Stereotype Transfer in Advertising: Process and Moderators
  • Abby Schneider
    PhD: 2014
    Placement: Regis University
    Dissertation: Message in a Bottle: What Anthropomorphized Package Designs Tell Consumers About Themselves
  • Ji Hoon Jhang
    PhD: 2013
    Placement: Oklahoma State University
    Dissertation: Two Essays on Consumers' Goal Proximity and Inter-temporal Choice
  • Kelly Herd
    PhD: 2011
    Placement: Indiana University, Bloomington
    Dissertation: Identity and Product Design
  • Ethan Pew
    PhD: 2010
    Initial Placement: American University
    Current Placement: Stony Brook University
    Dissertation: Regulatory Fit Can Be More Than a Feeling: Evidence of Facilitated Processing for Prevention Fit in Investment Decision-Making Contexts
  • Caleb Warren
    PhD: 2010
    Placement: Bocconi University, Milano, Italy - Current Placement, Texas A&M University
    Dissertation: What Makes Things Cool and Why Marketers Should Care
  • Qiuping Li
    PhD: 2010
    Placement: University of Nebraska, Kearney
    Dissertation: Memory Reconstruction and Consumer Decision Making
  • Mark Ratchford
    PhD: 2010
    Placement: Vanderbilt University
    Dissertation: Resource-Based Coalitions in Marketing Channels: A Cooperative Game Theoretic Analysis
  • Gina Mohr
    PhD: 2009
    Placement: Colorado State University
    Dissertation: When Are Decisions Difficult? Goal Conflict and Compromise in Negatively Correlated Choice Environments
  • Rajesh Bagchi
    PhD 2008
    Placement: Virginia Tech University
    Dissertation: Reading the Seller’s Face: Moderating Effects on How Seller Concession Patterns Influence Buyer Price Expectations
  • Rodney Ruble
    PhD 2007
    Placement: Rivendell College, Boulder, CO
  • Barney Pacheco
    PhD 2005
    Placement: The University of the West Indies
  • Amar Cheema
    PhD 2003
    Placement: Washington University, St. Louis

  • Elsa Chan
    PhD: 2017
    Placement: City University of Hong Kong
    Dissertation: Virtues in organizations: An examination of humility and compassion in leadership and entrepreneurship
  • Jeffrey Sweeney
    PhD: 2016
    Placement: Erasmus University
    Dissertation: On Value Creation from Knowledge Management Systems
  • Jenni Dinger
    PhD: 2015
    Placement: Suffolk University
    Dissertation: An Examination of How Community Social Identity Motivates Crowdfunding of Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Rebuilding after Natural
  • Jose Ramirez
    PhD: 2015
    Placement: United States Military Academy at West Point
    Dissertation: Essays on Military and Civilian Manpower Planning
  • Mark Zais
    PhD: 2014
    Placement: Office of the Secretary of Defense
    Dissertation: Simulation-Optimization, Markov Chain and Graph Coloring Approaches to Military Manpower Modeling and Deployment Sourcing
  • Shayne Kiefer
    PhD: 2013
    Placement: U.S. Air Force Academy
    Dissertation: Predicting and Examining Links Between IPO Hype, Managerial Expectations, and Firm Outcomes
  • Subhamoy Ganguly
    PhD: 2013
    Placement: Indian Institute of Management – Udaipur
    Dissertation: Essays in Scheduling: Applications in Health Care and Manufacturing
  • Daniel Lerner
    PhD: 2013
    Placement: University of Deusto, Spain
    Dissertation: Opportunity Pursuit and the Disinhibition Paradox
  • Jingjing Li
    PhD: 2013
    Placement: Microsoft
    Dissertation: Addressing Information Proliferation: Applications of Information Extraction and Text Mining
  • Michele Samorani
    PhD: 2012
    Placement: University of Alberta, Canada
    Dissertation: Data Mining For Enhanced Operations Management Decision Making: Applications in Health Care
  • Tomasz Miaskiewicz
    PhD: 2010
    Initial Placement: The New University of Lisbon
    Current Placement: NOVA School of Business and Economics
    Dissertation: Bridging the Gap Between Consumers and Designers: The Role of Accurate and Effective Personas
  • Harald Reinertsen
    PhD: 2010
    Placement: Smith Stål Øst AS, Norway
    Dissertation: Optimization of the Industrial Cutting Stock Problems – Production Scheduling in a Dynamic Stochastic Environment
  • Marilyn Uy
    PhD: 2009
    Placement: University of Victoria, Canada
    Dissertation: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    Dissertation: The Roller Coaster Ride: Affective Influences in Entrepreneurial Efforts
  • Zainab AlQenaei
    PhD: 2009
    Placement: Kuwait University
    Dissertation: An Investigation of the Relationship Between Consumer Mental Health Recovery Measures and Clinicians’ Reports Using Multivariate Analysis of the Singular Value Decomposition of a Textual Corpus
  • Marco Better
    PhD: 2007
    Placement: OptTek Systems, Inc.
    Dissertation: Data Mining Techniques for Prediction in Discrete Data Applications
  • Fang Liang
    PhD: 2007
    Placement: PROS Pricing Solutions
    Dissertation: The Hyperplan-Based Classification Techniques
  • Dirk Hovorka
    PhD: 2006
    Placement: Bond University, Australia
    Dissertation: Information Systems Foundations: Four Research Essays
  • Rahul Patil
    PhD: 2006
    Placement: Indian Institute of Management
    Dissertation: Improved Techniques for Due Date Quotation in Realistic Production Environments
  • Emilio Collar
    PhD: 2005
    Placement: Western Connecticut State University
    Dissertation: An Investigation of Programming Code Textbase Readability Based on a Cognitive Readability Model
  • Younghwa Lee
    PhD: 2005
    Placement: University of Kansas
    Dissertation: Developing Theoretical Models of Website Usability
  • Mark W.S. Chun
    PhD: 2003
    Placement: Pepperdine University
    Dissertation: Embedded Knowledge, Embedded Information Systems: A Resource-Based Perspective on the System Integration Process During a Corporate Merger

  • Francisco Morales
    PhD: 2019
    Placement: Universidad Diego Portales
    Dissertation: Value Creation and Capture in Corporate Acquisitions: Essays on Inventor Collaboration and Knowledge Transfer.
  • Carla Bustamante
    PhD: 2016
    Placement: Universidad Adolfo Ibanez
    Dissertation: Institutions as Determinants of Startups’ Decisions and Outcomes in Particular, and Market Functioning At Large
  • Yuchen Zhang
    PhD: 2016
    Placement: Tulane University
    Dissertation: Knowledge Transfer and Recombinant Innovation: Evidence from Three Types of Organizations
  • Jenni Dinger
    PhD: 2015
    Placement: Suffolk University
    Dissertation: An Examination of How Community Social Identity Motivates Crowdfunding of Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Rebuilding after Natural 
  • Siddharth Vedula
    PhD: 2015
    Placement: Babson College
    Dissertation: Startups in a spiky world: Three essays on geography and entrepreneurship
  • Jose Ramirez
    PhD: 2015
    Placement: United States Military Academy at West Point
    Dissertation: Essays on Military and Civilian Manpower Planning
  • Michael Conger
    PhD: 2014
    Placement: Miami University - Ohio
    Dissertation: Hybrid Social Enterprise: Collective Action, Identity, and Hybrid Business Models
  • Mark Zais
    PhD: 2014
    Placement: Office of the Secretary of Defense
    Dissertation: Simulation-Optimization, Markov Chain and Graph Coloring Approaches to Military Manpower Modeling and Deployment Sourcing
  • Subhamoy Ganguly
    PhD: 2013
    Placement: Indian Institute of Management – Udaipur
    Dissertation: Essays in Scheduling: Applications in Health Care and Manufacturing
  • Richard Hunt
    PhD: 2013
    Placement: Institute of Behavioral Sciences, CU Boulder
    Current Placement: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
    Dissertation: Essays Concerning the Entry and Survival Strategies of Entrepreneurial Firms: A Transaction Perspective
    Winner of the National Federation of Independent Business Doctoral Dissertation Award, Entrepreneurship Division, 2014 Academy of Management Annual Meeting
  • Shayne Kiefer
    PhD: 2013
    Placement: U.S. Air Force Academy
    Dissertation: Predicting and Examining Links Between IPO Hype, Managerial Expectations, and Firm Outcomes
  • Daniel Lerner
    PhD: 2013
    Placement: University of Deusto, Spain
    Dissertation: Opportunity Pursuit and the Disinhibition Paradox
  • Michele Samorani
    PhD: 2012
    Placement: University of Alberta, Canada
    Dissertation: Data Mining For Enhanced Operations Management Decision Making: Applications in Health Care
  • Kenneth Younge
    PhD: 2012
    Initial Placement: Post Doc at the University of California, Berkeley
    Current Placement: Purdue University
    Dissertation: Employee Mobility and the Appropriation of Value from Knowledge: Evidence from Three Essays
    Winner of the Wiley-Blackwell Outstanding Dissertation Award, Business Policy & Strategy, 2013 Academy of Management Annual Meeting
  • Patrick Heflin
    PhD: 2012
    Placement: United States Air Force Academy
    Dissertation: Resistance and Compliance: Employee Reaction to Bureaucratic Control Measures in Autonomous Work Settings
  • Markus Fitza
    PhD: 2010
    Initial Placement: Bentley University
    Current Placement: Texas A&M University
    Dissertation: IPO Underpricing From the Perspective of the Issuing Firm: Money Left on the Table or Strategic Gain?
    Finalist of the Wiley-Blackwell Outstanding Dissertation Award (one of seven), Business Policy & Strategy, 2011 Academy of Management Annual Meeting
  • Tandy Dilworth
    PhD: 2010
    Placement: N/A
  • Harald Reinertsen
    PhD: 2010
    Placement: Smith Stål Øst AS, Norway
    Dissertation: Optimization of the Industrial Cutting Stock Problems – Production Scheduling in a Dynamic Stochastic Environment
  • Marilyn Uy
    PhD: 2009
    Initial Placement: University of Victoria, Canada
    Current Placement: Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
    Dissertation: The Roller Coaster Ride: Affective Influences in Entrepreneurial Efforts
  • Desiree Pacheco
    PhD: 2009
    Placement: Portland State University
    Dissertation: The Quest for Legitimacy in Nascent Industries: Exploring the Interplay Across Institutional Actors in the Emergence of Renewable Energy Sectors
  • Asad Aziz
    PhD: 2008
    Placement: Colorado State University
    Dissertation: Striving or Coasting on Collective Tasks: A Regulatory Focus Perspective
  • Marco Better
    PhD: 2007
    Placement: OptTek Systems, Inc.
    Dissertation: Data Mining Techniques for Prediction in Discrete Data Applications
  • Fang Liang
    PhD: 2007
    Placement: PROS Pricing Solutions
    Dissertation: The Hyperplan-Based Classification Techniques
  • Charles Murnieks
    PhD: 2007
    Placement: United States Air Force Academy
    Dissertation: Who Am I? The Quest for an Entrepreneurial Identity and an Investigation of its Relationship to Entrepreneurial Passion and Goal-Setting
  • Joy Godesiabois
    PhD: 2007
    Initial Placement: Northeastern University
    Current Placement: Colorado School of Mines
    Dissertation: The Rise and Decline of Social Capitalists: A Longitudinal Study of Social Capital and Performance Among Startups in the Venture Capital Industry
  • Lawrence Plummer
    PhD: 2007
    Initial Placement: Clemson University
    Current Placement: University of Oklahoma
    Dissertation: Good Neighbors or Bad? A Time-Space Model of the Effects of Entrepreneurial Entry on the Profits of Post-IPO Firms
  • Arunee Tanvisuth
    PhD: 2007
    Placement: Thammasat University, Bangkok
  • Michele Swift
    PhD: 2007
    Placement: Oregon State University
  • Rahul Patil
    PhD: 2006
    Placement: Indian Institute of Management
  • Linda LaGanga
    PhD: 2006
    Placement: Mental Health Center of Denver
  • Erik Monsen
    PhD: 2005
    Placement: Max Planck Institute of Economics
  • James Haynie
    PhD: 2005
    Placement: Syracuse University
  • Denis J. Gregoire
    PhD: 2005
    Placement: Georgia State University
  • Michael Meeks
    PhD: 2004
    Placement: San Francisco State University
  • Gyungwon Jung
    PhD: 2003
    Placement: Korean Army
  • Jeffery McMullen
    PhD: 2003
    Placement: Baylor University