UTD Welcomes New Experts in Public Policy, Business, Sciences


(Editor’s note: Professors from the School of Arts, Humanities, and Technology, the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences, and the Erik Jonsson School of Engineering and Computer Science were featured in a previous News Center article.)

The University of Texas at Dallas welcomed one of its largest groups of new tenured and tenure-track faculty members, with 43 joining the university this year, including many who started this fall.

Professors bring a range of expertise in disciplines ranging from public affairs and economics, to information systems and finance, to geosciences and mathematics.

This year’s group includes:


The School of Economic, Political and Policy Sciences hosts nine academic programs, including geospatial sciences.

dr Abraham BenavidesProfessor of Public and Nonprofit Management

Education: PhD in Urban Studies and Public Affairs, Cleveland State University; Master of Public Administration, Brigham Young University; Bachelor of Arts in International Relations, George Washington University

Research areas: local government including landfills, drinking water and sewage treatment plants; form of government; healthcare; emergency management; Hispanic/Latino communities

Dr Alexander BurtonAssistant Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Education: PhD and Master of Science in Criminal Justice, University of Cincinnati; Bachelor of Science in Administration of Justice, Southwest Minnesota State University

Research areas: institutional and community fixes; training of criminal justice personnel; public opinion on criminal and judicial policy

dr Jared EdgertonAssistant Professor of Political Science

Education: PhD and in Political Science, The Ohio State University; Bachelor of Arts in Political Economy, Juniata College

Research areas: international security, conflict processes, political violence, international regimes, machine learning, network science, text as data, causal inference

Dr Camilo GranadosAssistant Professor of Economics

Education: PhD and Master of Arts in Economics, University of Washington; Master of Science and Bachelor of Science in Economics, National University of Colombia

Research areas: international macroeconomics, international finance, macroeconomics, applied econometrics

dr Natalia LamberovaJunior Professor of Economics and Technology Policy

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Education: PhD in Comparative Politics and Government and Master of Science in Statistics, University of California, Los Angeles; Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Kazan Federal University in Russia.

Research areas: political economy of technological development, intellectual property rights, political economy, collective action, political connections

dr Pengfei ZhangAssistant Professor of Cybersecurity and Public Policy

Education: PhD in Economics and Master of Arts in Economics, Cornell University; Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Global China Studies, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Research areas: cyber law and policy; Law and economy; intellectual property; Conflict and Dispute Resolution


The Naveen Jindal School of Management offers programs focused on six areas of business specialization: Accounting; finance and business administration; information systems; Marketing; operations management; and organizations, strategy and international management.

dr Paul CheungAssistant Professor of Finance and Business Administration

Education: PhD in Economics, University of Maryland; Master of Philosophy and Bachelor of Science in Economics, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Research areas: Behavioral economics, experimental economics, decision theory

dr Hyesook ChungAssistant Professor of Organisations, Strategy and International Management

Education: PhD and Master of Science in Human Resource Studies, Cornell University; Master of Science in Business Administration, Seoul National University; Bachelor of Science in Human Development, Cornell University

Research areas: Strategic HR management, employee turnover, work flexibility, human capital

Dr. Thomas LavastidaAssistant Professor of Business Informatics

Education: PhD and Master of Science in Algorithms, Combinatorics and Optimization, Carnegie Mellon University; Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, Louisiana State University

Research areas: Algorithms, optimization, machine learning

dr Heeseung Andrew LeeAssistant Professor of Business Informatics

Education: PhD and Master of Science in Information Systems and Bachelor of Industrial and Systems Engineering, Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology

Research areas: economics of information technology, artificial intelligence and human collaboration; consumption of digital content; digital marketing

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dr Jennifer LeeAssistant Professor of Organisations, Strategy and International Management

Education: PhD in Strategic Management, Michigan State University; Master of Arts in Economics, University of Southern California; Bachelor of Arts in Mathematical Methods in the Social Sciences, Northwestern University

Research areas: Corporate governance, shareholder activism, time orientation

dr Neda MirzaeianAssistant Professor of Management

Education: PhD in Operations Management, Carnegie Mellon University; Master of Science in Industrial Engineering, University of Pittsburgh; Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering, Sharif University of Technology in Iran

Research areas: Smart City Operations, particularly the potential impact of innovative technologies such as autonomous vehicles, on highway congestion, parking and the sharing economy

dr Christopher ReillyAssistant Professor of Finance and Business Administration

Education: PhD in Finance, Boston College; Bachelor of Arts in Economics, Georgetown University

Research areas: Empirical asset pricing with a focus on exchange traded funds and the role of non-professional investors in asset markets

dr Federico SianoAssistant Professor of Accounting

Education: PhD in Accounting, Boston University; Master of Science in Accounting and Finance, London School of Economics; Master of Science in Economics and Law and Bachelor of Science in Economics and Management, Bocconi University in Milan

Research areas: Capital markets, corporate financial disclosures, text analysis

dr YiningwangAssociate Professor of Management

Education: PhD and Master of Science in Machine Learning, Carnegie Mellon University; Bachelor of Engineering in Computer Science and Technology, Tsinghua University in Beijing

Research areas: Machine learning and its applications in revenue management and information systems research


The Faculty of Science and Mathematics houses more than 30 bachelor’s and master’s programs in its six departments.

dr Noirrit Kiran ChandraAssistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences

education: PhD in Statistics and Master of Statistics, Indian Statistical Institute; Bachelor of Science in Statistics, Kolkata University

research areas: scalable calculation; Gaussian graphical models; clinical trial design; model-based clustering; multiple hypothesis tests; Applications in neuroscience, genetics and bioinformatics; Bayesian asymptotics

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dr G. Andrés CisnerosProfessor of Physics and of Chemistry and Biochemistry

education: PhD in Physical Chemistry, Duke University; Bachelor of Science in Chemistry, National Autonomous University of Mexico

research areas: Development of methods and software for the computer simulation of biophysical, biochemical and condensed phase systems; advanced force fields; DNA and RNA transaction enzymes; disease biomarkers; DNA repair; Quantum Mechanics/Molecular Mechanics

dr Filippo RomitiAssistant Professor of Chemistry

education: PhD in Chemistry, University of Glasgow; Master of Science in Pharmacy, University of Parma in Italy

research areas: organic chemistry; Synthesis of complex bioactive molecules with potential applications in the treatment of human diseases; highly efficient catalytic conversions

dr Zachary SickmanAssistant Professor of Geosciences

education: PhD in Geological Sciences, Stanford University; Bachelor of Science in Geosciences, Trinity University

research areas: Evolution of modern and ancient sedimentary basins; sustainability in sand mining; Sand supply network tracking with lineage analysis; Anthropocene sedimentology, convergent marginal tectonics; geochronology

dr Jiai WangAssistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences

education: PhD in Statistics, Texas A&M University; Bachelor of Science in Statistics, Zhejiang University

research areas: function data; low-rank modeling; causal inference; reinforcement learning; statistical and machine learning methods

dr Nan WuAssistant Professor of Mathematical Sciences

education: PhD in Mathematics, Master of Science in Mathematics and Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and Physics, University of Toronto

research areas: Mathematical foundations and applications of massive data analysis; nonparametric statistics on manifolds; Riemannian geometry

dr Xiaojia ZhangAssociate Professor of Physics

education: PhD and Master of Science in Space Physics, University of California, Los Angeles; Bachelor of Science in Space Physics, Peking University in Beijing

research areas: wave-particle interactions in the magnetospheres of Earth and Jupiter; Incorporating plasma waves into space weather modeling; plasma kinetics in planetary magnetospheres; Aurora and particle fallout



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