Job Market Candidates
Every year, the Merage School’s PhD Program produces an impressive list of students who are preparing to enter the job market.
Our graduates have gone on to become prominent scholars in a wide range of disciplines at many of the world’s most prestigious institutions.
Carrie (Yuchen) Wang is currently a PhD candidate in Organization and Management and entering her 6th year at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. Her two main research interests focus on international talent management and knowledge transfer. For her dissertation, Carrie is studying the experiences of highly skill professionals from the U.S. returning to their home countries in Asia to start entrepreneurship and the challenges within those circumstances. She earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Computation and Neural Systems at California Institute of Technology (Caltech). Prior to entering academia, she worked at City of Hope and published in the biomedical fields.
You can learn more about Carrie's work on the Sea Turtles in her video below:
Undergraduate: BS in Computation and Neural Systems with an English minor, California Institute of Technology
Background: Undergrad: Hangzhou Dianzi University, Hangzhou, China, Grad: Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China, Grad: Indiana University
Shijun Xia is a PhD student in Accounting at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. Prior to entering the program in 2018, Shijun spent about ten years working in private industry, including five-year service as a Financial Manager and an Associate Director at a renowned architecture design company. His interests include labor economics and human capital effects in accounting, earnings informativeness, corporate disclosure, and tax.
Background: Undergrad: BBA in Business Administration, Konkuk University; Grad: MS in Accounting, University of California, Irvine
Il Sun Yoo is a PhD student in Accounting at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. His research interests include disclosure, regulations, and customer-supplier relationships. In his dissertation titled “When Friends Become Foes: Firm Disclosure Choices After Failed M&A Deals”, he seeks to improve our understanding of the role of proprietary costs in firms’ disclosure decisions by exploiting failed M&A deals where a firm's detailed proprietary information becomes known to another firm. He has also co-authored and presented several working papers throughout his doctoral program. He was awarded the Deloitte Foundation's 2022 Doctoral Fellowship and the 2021 AAA FARS Excellence in Reviewing Award.
He received his bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Konkuk University and his master’s degree in Accounting from University of California, Irvine. Before pursuing his graduate studies, he worked in the accounting department at Hyundai Autoever (Hyundai Motor Group) located in Seoul, South Korea.
Background: Undergrad: BA in Economics with an emphasis on International Trade, San Pablo CEU University, Spain, Undergrad: BA in Business Administration with an emphasis on Finance, San Pablo CEU University, Spain, Grad: MSc. Economics, University of California, Irvine, Grad: MSc. Economics and Business Administration, Comillas Pontifical University-ICADE, Spain
Cristina M. De Haro is a doctoral student in Information Systems at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. Her research focuses on how digital transformation impacts health. Additionally, she is a DECADE Student Representative and contributes to ensure inclusive excellence in graduate education at UCI. Outside of academia, she enjoys being outdoors swimming and camping.
She holds a MSc. in Economics from UCI, a MSc. in Economics and Business Administration from the Comillas Pontifical University - ICADE (Spain), a BA in Economics and a BA in Business Administration from the San Pablo CEU University (Spain).
Background: Undergrad: BS in Management Information Systems, Renmin University of China
Ziyi Cao is a doctoral student in Information Systems at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. Her research interests include digital platforms and online reputation systems, sharing economy, AI impacts and digital health care. She received her BS in Management Information Systems from School of Information, Renmin University of China.
Background: Undergrad: BS in Economics, South China University of Technology, Grad: MPhil in Economics, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Grad: MA in Economics, University of California, Santa Barbara
Jinan Lin is a PhD candidate of Information Systems at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. Previously, he obtained Master of Philosophy in Economics and a PhD in Economics from The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and MA in Economics from UC Santa Barbara.
Jinan conducted research in 2019 as an Economist I (Level 4, Intern) with the Business, Technology & Solutions Team at Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS) in Seattle. In 2020, he interned as a researcher at the Office of the Chief Economist of the Microsoft Corporation in Redmond. Jinan worked as an Economics & Emerging Tech Researcher (Intern) of Nokia Bell Labs and was affiliated with WeChat/Tencent entitled as Tencent Rhino-Bird Research Elite in 2021.
He studies digitization, platforms, and more broadly, economic and societal impacts of information and technology. Specifically, Jinan's research topics cover impacts and strategies of platforms, sharing economy and review systems. His industrial collaborations extend to productivity, ML-based forecasting, computable general equilibrium models of AI and platform experiment design. Jinan received the Ray Watson Fellowship and the Long US-China Institute Research Fellowship, among others. Prior to joining the Merage School, he published papers on Transportation Research Part A, and Kybernetes.
Background: Undergrad: BA in Business Economics with minors in Statistics and Accounting, UCLA, Graduate: MS in Finance, Boston College
Qi Yan received her Bachelor of Arts degree, Magna Cum Laude, in Business Economics with Minor in Statistics and Minor in Accounting in 2016 from University of California, Los Angeles. She later received her Master of Science in Finance from Boston College Carroll School of Management in 2017. She is now attending the University of California, Irvine to pursue her Doctor of Philosophy degree in Operations and Decision Technologies.
Qi is interested in behavioral operations research. She studies the industry of live streaming and its derivative areas. She received the Long US-China Institute graduate student research grant in 2021 to support her research. Qi also seeks opportunities for experiences in the industry and enrich her research with solid background information. In 2018, she joined Meituan as an intern in the Mobike operations team and led various projects such as bike deployment in universities.