Faculty Spotlights - Fall 2018
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Faculty Spotlights - Fall 2018


Carmen Cotei

Professor Cotei is the faculty advisor of the Actuarial Club at the Barney School of Business. During the 2017–18 academic year, she also served as chair of the Graduate Programs Committee. Over the summer, Cotei successfully led the Graduate Programs Committee to approve the curriculum for the newly created Master of Science in Business Analytics program. In June 2018, she presented her research at the Multinational Finance Conference held in Budapest, Hungary. The paper titled “The M&A Exit Outcome of New, High-Tech Ventures” is part of her ongoing research agenda regarding factors that determine a firm’s exit choices.


Ken Goldstein

During the 2017–18 academic year, Professor Goldstein published three articles focused on the hot topic of cybersecurity, including “10 Things to Think About When Considering Insurance for Data Breaches and Privacy Losses” (IDPP Journal), “Gone Phishing: With Tax Season Approaching, Hackers are Getting Ready to Cast Wide Nets” (CTCPA Magazine), and “Cyber Insurance: Why the Insurance Industry Struggles to Write It?” (PLUS Journal).

In addition to his publication activities, Goldstein was appointed as an Executive Council Member of CLM’s Cyber Claims College.  Further, Goldstein collaborated on a “Joint Curriculum Innovation Grant” with outgoing Dean Roth, Professor Yu Lei, and UConn School of Business.  Lastly, he was honored to receive an “Innovations in Teaching and Learning” award from the University, which recognizes innovative assignments and activities that positively affect student learning.


Yu Lei

During the past year, Professor Yu Lei published two sole-authored papers in the same peer-reviewed journal. Her first paper, “Financial Planning In Action With An Excel-Based Life Insurance Project” (published in Journal of Risk Education, 8 (1): 23-39), details an Excel-based project she developed to calculate life insurance coverage amount and to run scenario analysis and Monte Carlo simulation. Her second paper, “Using Discussion Boards to Increase Student Engagement in Learning” (published in the Journal of Risk Education, 8 (1): 40-52), examines the importance of online discussion boards as an active form of learning in engaging students. She has also received a summer research grant to study state health insurance markets under the Affordable Care Act and a second curriculum grant to develop a new graduate-level course titled “Healthcare Financing.”


Ibrahim Oz

Professor Oz’s most recent article was “Bankruptcy Prediction Models’ Generalizability: Evidence from Emerging Market Economies.” This article was published in Advances in Accounting, a well-regarded internationally recognized academic journal for accounting scholars. Oz also works on earnings management and is continuing his ongoing research, “Examination of Real and Accrual Earnings Management: A Cross-Country Analysis of Legal Origin Under IFRS,” which has been accepted for presentation by American Accounting Association’s annual meeting in San Diego.

He was also awarded with “KPMG Summer Research Grant” for the summer of 2018 for one of his recent ongoing studies, “Volatility spillover among major currencies: An examination on high frequency dataset for return and spread.” In summer 2017, he also received “Summer Curriculum Grant” to link “Managerial Accounting” course with “Principles of Microeconomics” and “Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Business” courses through a comprehensive financial statement analysis project on global automotive manufacturers.


Susan Coleman

Throughout the 2017-2018 year, Professor Coleman’s scholarly activities have focused on the themes of innovation, diversity, and impact. In addition, her research has become increasingly global in nature. One of her articles titled “Linking Women’s Growth-oriented Policy and Practice: Results from the Rising Tide Angel Training Program” (co-authored with Alicia Robb) was selected as the Executive Forum article in a Venture Capital special issue on financing women-owned firms. She has also focused on the issue of women’s entrepreneurship public policy through her work with the Global Women’s Entrepreneurship Policy project (Global WEP). This project includes scholars from 26 countries representing both developed and developing economies. She was one of the 5 lead authors for a Global WEP refereed book chapter titled “Women’s Entrepreneurship Policy: A 13-Nation Cross-Country Comparison” published in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems and Growth of Women’s Entrepreneurship: A Comparative Analysis (Elgar Publishing, 2017). Similarly, she was the lead author for a second Global WEP paper titled “Policy Support for Women Entrepreneurs’ Access to Financial Capital: A Comparative Analysis of Canada, Germany, Ireland, Norway, and the U.S.” which has been accepted by the Journal of Small Business Management, an A level journal according to the ABDC ranking.


Ke Yang

In 2017–18, Professor Ke Yang had two research articles accepted for publication. The article “Proximity to a Water Supply Reservoir and Dams: Is There Spatial Heterogeneity in the Effects on Housing Prices?" (with J.P.Cohen and J. Danko) was accepted by the Journal of Housing Economics. Another article, “Non-Parametric Examination of Emerging Markets Financial Integration" (with S. Wahab, B.Kolluri and M. Wahab), was accepted by The Handbook of Financial Econometrics, Mathematics, Statistics, and Technology. Yang also won two grants, one from the Lincoln Foundation for his research in real estate economics, and another one from the Barney School of Business to support his work in curriculum development in the new business analytics program.


Lillian Kamal

 Professor Lillian Kamal received the 2018 university-wide Roy E. Larsen Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award (the winner is chosen from applicants from across all schools at the University of Hartford), and she was presented with this award at the 2018 graduation ceremony. Lillian’s work on Sub-Saharan African women and economic development was published in the “International Advances in Economic Research” journal. She presented her research on financial development at the IAES conference in London, UK. Kamal, and her co-author Bharat Kolluri, presented their work on US savings behavior at the NABET conference in Pennsylvania. Kamal also completed her summer grant research on the economic effects of female malnutrition, and is currently working on a new project on microfinance and refugees. Kamal is also conducting interdisciplinary research (with Dr. Katharine Owens from A&S) on social entrepreneurship as a solution for marine debris pollution. Lillian and Katharine were awarded the university-wide Women’s Advancement Initiative Faculty Grant to fund their research in Trivandrum, India. In addition, she received the 2018-2019 International Office grant to work on creating a study abroad course to India (in conjunction with Dr. Katharine Owens). Lillian has also developed a new graduate course for the Masters in Business Analytics Program.


Karen Gantt

Professor Karen Gantt is an Associate Professor of Business Law at the Barney School and has written several articles examining the intersection of religious freedom and discrimination. This year, her article “Religious Exemptions and Same Sex Marriage: Discrimination Post Trump,” was published in the North East Journal of Legal Studies (Spring 2018). This spring, Gantt presented a paper discussing the new tax law and its impact on certain religiously- affiliated organizations. Gantt was able to incorporate some of the feedback she received from colleagues into a paper entitled “Religious Issues in the Rose Garden and Oval Office Under the Trump Administration.” It was presented at the national Academy of Legal Studies in Business this summer. This year, she received a generous summer research grant from the R.C. Knox Center for her study of “Federalism versus State’s Rights: The Insurance Industry Risk Retention Group Example.”