MIT Sloan hires 3 new assistant professors of finance

MIT Sloan School of Management has appointed three new associate professors of finance as part of a slew of recent appointments.

Tong Liu, Lira Mota and Kerry Siani join the business school from, respectively, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University and Columbia Business School.

Liu’s research interests include private equity, entrepreneurial finance, health care finance and corporate finance. Siani’s research previously has focused on credit markets and securities issuance, while Mota’s work has centered on asset pricing and microfinance.

Alongside the trio of finance researchers, MIT Sloan also names Alexey Makarin as an assistant professor of applied economics and Matthew Phillips as an assistant professor of accounting.

Makarin joins MIT from the Einaudi Institute for Economics and Finance in Rome, where he was an assistant professor. His research areas are political economy, development economics and the economics of digitization.

Phillips was previously an instructor at the University of Miami Herbert Business School, and his research has focused on lending and financial complexity.

In addition, MIT Sloan has also named Johan Chu and Vicky Yang as assistant professors of system dynamics. 

Chu was most recently a visiting assistant professor of management and organization at Northwestern’s Kellogg School of Management, while Yang was an Omidyar Fellow and Peters Hurst Scholar for the Santa Fe Institute in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

Manish Raghavan has received a dual appointment as assistant professor of information technology at MIT Sloan and as assistant professor in the department of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He was most recently a postdoctoral fellow at the Harvard Center for Research on Computation and society, and received a PhD in computer science from Cornell University.

Raghavan’s research focuses on algorithmic fairness and behavioral economics as well as the use of algorithmic tools for hiring.

Finally, MIT Sloan has also appointed Georg Rilinger as assistant professor of technological innovation, entrepreneurship and strategic management. He moves to the university from the Max Planck Institute for the Study of Societies in Cologne, Germany. His work is focused primarily on economic sociology.