Departmental Research Highlights

Changjiang (John) Wang, PhD

Associate Professor of Accounting


Wang’s primary research interest is in understanding the determinants and consequences of a firm’s information environment, with particular focus on the role of accounting standards. Wang’s research not only contributes to academic literature, but also has important policy implications.

For example, Wang’s studies have examined the costs and benefits of the International Financial Reporting Standards’ (IFRS) adoption from the United States’ Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP), and convergence between IFRS and GAAP.

His research has also examined the implementation of various individual accounting standards. Wang’s research has appeared in Contemporary Accounting Research and the Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. Wang earned his PhD from the University of Missouri.

Jeffrey Mills, PhD

Professor of Economics


Mills’ research agenda includes econometric theory and applications of Bayesian modeling and inference to psychiatric treatment of depression and anxiety.

His research has been published in top economics journals, including the Journal of Econometrics, Advances in Econometrics, and the Journal of Applied Econometrics, as well as prestigious medical journals, such as the Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, Depression and Anxiety, Neuropsychopharmacology, and Brain, Behavior and Immunity. Mills has also conducted interdisciplinary research in collaboration with UC’s College of Medicine.

He serves on the oversight committee for a large clinical trial being conducted as a collaborative effort between Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago and Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center. Mills holds a PhD from Washington University in St. Louis.

Chen Xue, PhD

Johnson Associate Professor of Finance


Xue’s work is foundational in the area of empirical asset pricing, in particular within the framework of investment theory or “q-model,” an alternative to the traditional Capital Asset Pricing Model. He is considered a worldwide expert in this area of rapidly growing importance and influence within finance.

Chen’s work is very influential, evidenced by citation counts (2,800-plus Google citations over last five years) and downloads (over 24,000 at SSRN). Xue’s research has won numerous awards from both academic and industry groups, and Bloomberg, The Economist and The Wall Street Journal have featured his work.

Chen, who earned his PhD from the University of Michigan, is also an associate editor at the Journal of Empirical Finance.

Joanna T. Campbell, PhD

Associate Professor of Management


Campbell’s research interests include top executive characteristics and their effects on organizational outcomes, corporate governance, stakeholder strategy and configurational theorizing and methods of analysis. She seeks to understand how the characteristics of individuals (e.g., CEOs) and groups of individuals (e.g., boards) affect firm outcomes.

Her work has been published in several outlets, including the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Review, Journal of International Business Studies, Journal of Management, Journal of Management Studies, Organizational Research Methods, Research Policy, and Strategic Management Journal.

Campbell serves on the editorial review boards of Academy of Management Journal, Journal of Management and Strategic Management Journal. Campbell holds a PhD in Strategic Management from Texas A&M University.

Noah Van Bergen, PhD

Assistant Professor of Marketing


Van Bergen’s research falls into multiple areas. Attributions and inference-making are a primary theme, where he studies how consumers form judgments of product efficacy, meaningfulness and value.

Van Bergen also studies lay beliefs about the world — for example, his Journal of Consumer Psychology article shows that consumers believe they are more rational and less emotional than other consumers — as well as how childhood experiences affect adult consumption behavior.

Van Bergen has published his research in the Journal of Consumer Psychology, the Journal of Consumer Research, and the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, and has presented his work at multiple conferences. He earned his PhD from the University of Miami in 2017.

Roger Chiang, PhD

Professor of Information Systems


Chiang’s research interests are in business intelligence and analytics, data and knowledge management, and intelligent systems.

He has served as the senior or associate editor of numerous information systems journals. He has published over 60 refereed articles in journals and conference proceedings, including ACM Transactions on Database Systems, ACM Transactions on Management Information Systems, Communications of the ACM, Journal of Management Information Systems, Marketing Science and MIS Quarterly.

Chiang’s research impact is demonstrated through over 10,000 citations, per Google Scholar. He received his PhD from the University of Rochester.