Three Gatton Research Faculty Headline Gatton Research Excellence Series

The University of Kentucky’s Gatton College of Business and Economics is proud to present the fall Gatton Research Excellence Series, a speaker series that connects business research excellence to thought leadership. The event will be held from 11 am. to 1 p.m. on Friday, November 4. Keynote speakers include: 

Dr. Susan Zhu, Assistant Professor of Management, Research Fellow at the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM).

"Conducting Research with Managerial Impact: Examples from Military and Human Resources Contexts"

Susan's research interests include workplace decision-making, recruitment and staffing, and leadership. Her research focuses on understanding how employees at work make judgments and decisions, and how these judgments and decisions impact individual, team, and Human Resources (HR) functioning. Her research has been published in the Journal of Management, Journal of Vocational Behavior, Journal of Business and Psychology, Journal of Behavioral Decision Making, MIT Sloan Management Review and others. Susan received her B.A. from Wake Forest University and her Ph.D. from the University of Connecticut. Prior to joining the University of Kentucky, she was a post-doctoral research fellow at SHRM and a visiting scholar at the McDonough School of Business at Georgetown University.

Dr. Kristine Hankins, William E. Seale Endowed Professor of Finance, 2022 University Research Professor

"Firms and Risk"

Kristine's research focuses on the intersection of corporate finance and risk management, and she has published in the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Management Science, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Harvard Business Review. Her work has been recognized with the Jensen Prize for the best research in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Emerald Citation for Excellence for high-impact research, and the GARP Risk Management Award and she has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal and Fortune. She is editor-in-chief of the Journal of Corporate Finance and authored a chapter on risk management for the new Edward Elgar’s ‘Handbook of Corporate Finance.’ She received her B.A. from the University of Chicago with department and college honors, a M.S. in Statistics from Rutgers University, and her Ph.D. in Finance at the University of Florida. In 2018, she was a visiting scholar at the Stockholm School of Economics. Prior to her academic career, Kristine held positions with Merrill Lynch's Private Equity Group and PricewaterhouseCoopers' Financial Securities Litigation practice, both in New York City.

Dr. Monika Causholli, Deloitte Professor of Accounting, Director of Graduate Studies for Ph.D./Accounting

"Auditing and Capital Markets: Evidence from Equity Crowdfunding"

Monika's research focuses on the determinants and consequences of audit quality for capital markets. Monika has published her research in leading academic journals including Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Accounting Organizations and Society, and Auditing, a Journal of Practice and Theory among others. Her research is also cited by regulators such as the SEC and the PCAOB, as well as the business press. Monika serves as an editor for Auditing a Journal of Practice and Theory and sits on the editorial board of The Accounting Review and Contemporary Accounting Research. Monika earned her Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2009.

The free event will be held in person in the Gatton College of Business and Economics (Room 311) on the University of Kentucky campus. Presentations will start at 11 a.m., followed by a luncheon at noon. To register, visit the event page.