PhD | 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.
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 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.
Charles Lee is a doctoral candidate in Accounting at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. His research interests span the areas of taxation and financial accounting, and his research has predominantly examined 1) the real effects of tax policy, and 2) the tax consequences of non-tax motivated policy changes. His dissertation explores the unintended tax consequence of state anti-patent troll laws, which has been featured on the Taxes for the Masses podcast. Charles holds a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame, and a master’s degree in finance from Johns Hopkins University.
Personal Website: https://sites.google.com/view/charles-lee/
Wanyi Wang is a doctoral student in Finance at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. Her main research interests are behavioral finance, FinTech, and the application of textual analysis in finance. Her working papers explore the asset pricing implication of partisanship during the pandemic and investigate the role of technology in cryptocurrency pricing. Wanyi has presented her papers at several conferences, including CICF, AFA poster session, etc. She won Ray Watson Fellowship, Management Fellowship, and Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award at UCI. She holds a Bachelor of Science, a Bachelor of Economics, and a Master of Economics Degree from Peking University.
Yue Li is a doctoral student in Finance at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. His main research interest is in corporate finance, especially corporate governance and its implications on capital market. He holds a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Economics from Peking University.
Xuan Xie grew up in a coastal city in southern China then moved thousand miles away from home to attend a British Columbia boarding high school at a very young age. Her journey extended further to the other side of the Pacific Ocean as she sung Hail to the Orange and became a proud Illini. Xuan had tried her luck in lots of snow working in corporate America before coming to sunny California embracing herself as a future scholar at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business.
Her diverse background shapes her keen research interests in identity, social influence and cross-cultural psychology. She has presented her research projects at Association of Consumer Research conference, competed as a semi-finalist in UCI Grad Slam, and won the 1st prize in a Merage Research Fest. At the Merage School, she was elected to and recently completed two consecutive terms as VP and Social Chair for the Merage PhD Student Association. At the campus level, she serves as the VP of Social Affairs for Associated Graduate Students, is a current member on Graduate Student Advisory Board and a student representative at DECADE council. She feels privileged to have the opportunity to provide mentorship to underrepresented undergraduate students through the DECADE PLUS program and to international graduate students through the Graduate InterConnect program. Being a multi-lingual, Xuan loves an adventurous life full of journeys embracing different cultures. She is an animal lover, a huge soccer fan and an enthusiastic trivia game player.
Jiaqi Shi is a PhD student in Information Systems. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Quantitative Economics from the University of California, Irvine. He later received his double degree in Data Sciences & Business Analytics from ESSEC business school & CentraleSupélec engineering school.
After earning his BA from UCI, Jiaqi worked for a venture capital firm as Business Analyst. He worked as Data Scientist and Research Engineer following his graduate studies.
His current research focuses on online marketing and online platforms.
Amy Williams is a PhD student in Operations and Decision Technologies at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business. She obtained a BA in Physics at Yeshiva University in 2010. Prior to enrolling in the PhD program, Amy worked in retail at Saks Fifth Avenue Off Fifth and Gilt as a Merchandise Planner, in tech at Fitbit as a member of the Research and Development team, and in healthcare consulting at Statistics Collaborative as Research Associate. Her main research interests are related to the retail industry, specifically around leveraging aspects of the e-commerce environment to help promote operational efficiencies and sustainable practices.
Anshu (Anshuman) Sinhais a PhD candidate in Strategy at the UCI Paul Merage School of Business.
His research primarily examines antecedents and moderators of organizational adaptation, with a focus on entrepreneurship. He is currently focusing on questions related to the relationships between entrepreneurial aspirations, firm performance, managerial attention, and organizational change.
Apart from research, Anshu focuses on bringing passion and energy to the classroom as a teacher. He has assisted in several MBA and undergraduate courses.
Prior to graduate school, Anshu helped established firms search for and execute change during his tenure at Mckinsey & Company, in projects across the areas of strategy, operations, M&A due diligence and product development. During this time, he also served as a leader for knowledge creation and dissemination initiatives within the firm and to clients.