International business crosses disciples in addition to borders. Faculty who choose to affiliate themselves with the Center for Global Business are committed to making sure that a global perspective and content is incorporated into their work.
Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies
Marina Alexandrova earned her PhD in Comparative Literature (Russian and Latin American) at the University of Texas at Austin. Her current research interests include the history of political dissent in Russia, Russian radical movements, spirituality and Eastern philosophies in the late Russian Empire. She teaches a variety of courses on Russian culture, language, and history in the Department of Slavic and Eurasian Studies, and serves as a faculty liaison for Texas Slavic Club.
As someone with a dual linguistic and cultural background, Dr. Alexandrova is acutely aware of the importance of developing global skills and knowledge. She strives to give her students a solid understanding of Russian cultural and political specificity and address their need to be able to conduct academic and professional activities in an environment that is often regulated differently from what they are used to in the United States. With Russia's increasing political and cultural relevance, it is more important than ever to gain understanding of this important region. There are about 144 million native speakers of Russian in Russia, Ukraine, and Belarus, tens of millions of speakers around the world, and in recent years, Russian speakers gained prominent presence on the Internet, second only to English speakers. Both her Russian language and history courses aim to raise students’ awareness about cultural and professional practices and stereotypes that might seem odd to American and Western European professionals, and to help them understand current political processes in their historical perspective.
Dr. Alexandrova is committed to helping UT students gain necessary skills and tools for successful intercultural communication, be it linguistic competence or cultural expertise in the target region. Over the years, she participated in a number of educational projects that aim to prepare students for various global experiences, from study abroad programs in Russia to “Cultural Interviews with International Business Executives.” This academic year, Dr. Alexandrova is bringing Russian history and culture to her students through a series of livestreamed field trips and meetings with peers designed in collaboration with SRAS.
Director of the Program in Financial Regulation
Salem Center for Policy
Dr. Scott Bauguess directs the Salem Center’s program on Financial Markets Regulation, and is a Clinical Associate Professor of Finance at the McCombs School of Business. Prior to joining the UT-Austin faculty, he spent over a decade at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, serving most recently as the Deputy Director of its Economic and Risk Analysis division. In that role, he supervised the economic analyses in recommendations to the Commission to enact federal rules related to corporate disclosure, asset management, market structure, and derivative securities, and oversaw data management and custom analytics programs designed to detect non-compliance with securities markets regulation. He received a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the University of Illinois, and an M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Finance from Arizona State University. Prior to his doctoral studies, Dr. Bauguess worked in the corporate research lab and manufacturing at Motorola, specializing in semiconductor device physics.
Dr. Ethan Burris is a Professor and Department Chair of Management and the Chevron Centennial Fellow at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. He is also Director of the Center for Leadership and Ethics. He earned his Ph.D. in Management from Cornell University and has served as a Visiting Scholar at Google and Microsoft. He teaches and consults on topics relating to leadership, people analytics, talent insights, managing power and politics, building engagement in groups and teams, social enterprise, and negotiations. The recipient of numerous research and teaching awards, Dr. Burris received the Amplify Award for Diversity and Inclusion for the MBA Program in 2019, the Joe Beasley Award for Excellence in MBA Teaching in 2019, Jim Nolen Award for Excellence in Graduate Teaching in 2018, the McCombs School Award for Research Excellence in 2017 and 2015, the Fawn and Vijay Mahajan Teaching Excellence Award for Executive Education in 2015, the Hank & Mary Harkins Foundation Award for Effective Teaching in Undergraduate Classes in 2012, the Regents’ Outstanding Teaching Award in 2011, the ING Professor of Excellence award in 2011, and the 2009 Trammell/CBA Foundation Teaching Award for Assistant Professors.
Dr. Burris’ current research focuses on understanding “employee voice” – getting employees to candidly speak up about problems and opportunities for improvement. In particular, he has investigated how leaders shape employees decisions whether to speak up or stay silent, and how these voice behaviors influence the performance of the employees who offer their input and the leaders and organizations who receive it. His research has appeared in several top management and psychology journals, such as Administrative Science Quarterly, Academy of Management Journal, Organization Science, Journal of Applied Psychology, Journal of Experimental Social Psychology and Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and has been covered in major media outlets such as the Harvard Business Review, New York Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, Bloomberg, and the Houston Chronicle.
He has collected data from and served as a consultant for a variety of professional firms, ranging from several Fortune 100 technology companies, Fortune 100 financial services and insurance companies, Fortune 500 companies in the casual dining and grocery industries, hospitals, a defense contracting company, a commercial real estate firm, governmental agencies, and many retail organizations. These efforts has taken his research all over the globe. His research is informed by data collected in Kuwait, China, Korea, India, Austria, Germany, Sweden, and the UK and also includes research from large multinational firms.
Deputy to the President for Academic Priorities
Office of the President
Dr. Richard Flores currently serves as Deputy to the President for Academic Priorities at The University of Texas at Austin where he is also Professor of Mexican American and Latina/o Studies and Anthropology and holds the C. B. Smith, Sr. Centennial Chair in U.S.-Mexico Relations. Most recently he was Senior Associate Dean in the College of Liberal Arts. He works in the areas of critical theory, performance studies, semiotics, and historical and cultural anthropology.
Dr. Flores is a native of San Antonio, Texas, and received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and Ph.D. from The University of Texas at Austin in 1989. He is the author of Remembering the Alamo: Memory, Modernity, and the Master Symbol (University of Texas Press, 2002), Los Pastores: History and Performance in the Mexican Shepherd’s Play of South Texas (Smithsonian Institution Press, 1995), and is editor of Adina De Zavala’s, History and Legends of the Alamo (Arte Público Press, 1996). In addition, he has published essays in American Ethnologist, Cultural Anthropology, American Literary History, Radical History Review, and in the edited volume, Latino Cultural Citizenship, published by Beacon Press.
In addition to his scholarly work, he has extensive experience in the area of curriculum development and international studies, particularly in Latin America and the Middle East.
Professor Alex Gabbi brings an international perspective to all his classes as the primary instructor for International Business Operations (IB 378), Global Value Chains (IB 368), and Global Entrepreneurship (IB 372.11).
In addition to being a Lecturer at The University of Texas, Alex Gabbi is a veteran of four start-up firms and former Area Director for a Fortune 200 corporation. His career encompasses over 25 years of experience in various executive management positions with small and large companies in the high-technology, consulting, international business, and software arenas. In addition to his teaching responsibilities, he is also currently very active in the Austin start-up and non-profit community.
Business, Government and Society
Dr. Kishore Gawande earned his PhD in economics at the University of California, Los Angeles. His research is in the areas political economy of trade agreements, the firm in political economy, causes of internal conflict, and conflict and development. Kishore's teaching interests are in international economics and politics, development finance, and applied econometrics. He is a professor at the Business, Government & Society Department at The University of Texas at Austin and holds the Century Club Professorship.
Dr. Gawande's current research on the political economy of trade policy builds on U.S. institutions where trade policy-making is done, mainly the House. Together with his co-authors, he asks which districts and regions in the country get more attention (are weighed more) in decisions about protecting industries from import competition. They quantify these weights and come to interesting conclusions about how little protection was afforded what was once the manufacturing heartland – the Midwest – from what would have been the case had policymakers foreseen the decimation of manufacturing jobs in those regions. In another stream of research, he and his co-author ask how mobile are manufacturing workers across sectors (within their own country). They quantify this “intersectoral mobility” and find that it is quite limited in advanced countries) United States and the EU – but much higher in developing countries – Bangladesh, Nicaragua, India. This is an important question because with free trade workers will lose their jobs in sectors where equivalent imports are cheaper and (ideally) find jobs in growing export sectors. Such mobility is limited, and workers bear the brunt of competition from imports.
Dr. Gawande also brings his expertise and love for global issues into the classroom, where they discuss cases that situate business in different parts of the world where they must form strategy to overcome obstacles and problems arising from politics and social issues. For example, Cargill in Malaysia finds itself in the middle of the deforestation debate. Shell in Sakhalin finds itself in the middle of a country in political and institutional transition Students enjoy these classes for their content, complexity of issues they learn about and participating in discussions with enthusiasm.
Dr. Linda Gerber joined the faculty at The University of Texas at Austin in 1990, where, in addition to her teaching responsibilities, she served as Director of Academic Programs for the Center for Global Business from 1990 through 1999
During that time she created and managed programs designed to enhance the global perspective of business education. As Academic Programs Director she spearheaded the creation of business language courses across various foreign language departments, supervised all international student exchange and scholarship programs in the College of Business, and initiated a number curricular programs related to international business. In addition, she has both served on and Chaired multiple University committees related to international programs.
From 1999-2006, Dr. Gerber was the Assistant Director of the Center for Customer Insight while she also served as the Assistant Chair of the Department of Marketing and International Business in the McCombs School of Business. In addition to her teaching responsibilities in international business, from 2014 – 2018 she was Director of the Center for International Business Education and Research. She currently is Assistant Director for the Center for Global Business and the Faculty Director of the International Business major.
Department of Mexican American and Latino/a Studies
Dr. Rachel González-Martin holds a Ph.D. in Folklore & Ethnomusicology from Indiana University. Her research focuses on the verbal and material traditions of communities coming-of-age in the American Latino Diaspora. Her work looks at personal-experience-narratives, body art, materiality and self-portraiture with regard to gender, sexual identities, race, and socioeconomic status. Her teaching interests include courses on Latino expressive culture across the U.S., engaged ethnographic fieldwork, and Critical Latino Folkloristics. She is currently working on a book manuscript that explores the intersection of consumer citizenship and Latino identity in the 21st century titled, Coming Out Latina: Quinceañera Style and Latina/o Consumer Identities.
Center for Middle Eastern Studies
Dr. Karen Grumberg received her PhD in Comparative Literature from UCLA in 2004. She published her first book, Place and Ideology in Contemporary Hebrew Literature (Syracuse University Press) in 2011. Her second book, Hebrew Gothic: History and the Poetics of Persecution, was published by Indiana University Press in 2019. Her articles have appeared in Comparative Literature, Prooftexts, and other academic journals. Besides comparative/global gothics and space/place, her interests include: intersections of literary modernism in Norwegian and Hebrew; "juxtapositional" comparative methodologies; Hebrew translation culture; and a regional, comparatively grounded conceptualization of Hebrew within the Middle East region and in the context of multiple histories. She regularly teaches graduate seminars on “Space and Place in Literature” and “Writing In-Betweenness." Dr. Grumberg is the Director of the Center for Middle Eastern Studies.
Dr. Sebastian Hohenberg’s work is focused on understanding how firms can grow through sales & marketing strategy and steering instruments. Dr. Hohenberg’s research has been published in journals, such as the Journal of Marketing, the Journal of Marketing Research, the Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, the International Journal of Research in Marketing, and the Journal of Product Innovation Management. In his research, Dr. Hohenberg takes an international perspective as indicated by his international set of co-authors from Europe, Asia, and the U.S. as well as emphasized through publications with an international focus, such as “Motivating Sales Reps for Innovation Selling in Different Cultures” (Motivating Sales Reps for Innovation Selling in Different Cultures (sagepub.com)).
In addition to his research projects, Dr. Hohenberg has worked as a consultant for various leading companies, mainly in the following industries: automotive, chemicals, building and construction, and manufacturing. Dr. Hohenberg has rich experience in collaborating with industry partners for his research projects.
Dr. Wayne D. Hoyer holds the James L. Bayless/William S. Farish Fund Chair for Free Enterprise in the Department of Marketing at the McCombs School of Business, the University of Texas at Austin. His research interests include consumer information processing and decision making, cause- related marketing, branding (including brand personality and brand sabotage), and advertising information processing (including miscomprehension, and humor). He has published over 100 articles in top academic marketing journals and is a co-author of a textbook on Consumer Behavior with Deborah MacInnis and Rik Pieters (now in the 7th Edition).
He received an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Bern in Switzerland in 2009. He recently received a Humboldt Research Award from the Humboldt Foundation in Germany and spent a year research leave in Germany, sponsored by the University of Münster. He has also taught internationally at the University of Mannheim (including one year during 2006- 7), the University of Münster, and the Otto Bleisheim School of Management in Germany, the University of Bern in Switzerland, and was a research fellow at the University of Cambridge (UK). Finally, he teaches International Consumer Behavior in the Marketing Study Abroad BBA Program in Barcelona, Spain. In all of his courses, he heavily integrates international topics and examples into his lectures and assignments.
Dr. Bella Jordan is a native of Sakha (Yakutia), an ethnic republic located in northeast Siberia. She grew up in a multicultural and multilinguial environment that inspired her interest in different cultures and traditions. She began to study Germanic languages quite early and got a Bachelor's degree in English Philology from Yakutsk State University in 1986.
From 1987-91 she studied Linguistics and Text Stylistics at the Moscow Institute of Foreign Languages after Moris Torez (now Moscow Lingusitics University). Afterwards she worked as an official translator for the government of Sakha (Yakutia) and was instrumental in translating important documents and treaties into English and participated in the rough diamonds trade negotiations between the local government and DeBeers.
In 1995 Bella began Master's program at The University of Texas at Austin in the Geography department and defended her doctoral dissertaion in 2002. The focus of her PhD was the ethnogenesis of the Sakha (Yakut) people and creation of their homeland since the 14th century.
Currently Dr. Jordan teaches Geography of the Former Soviet Union; Northern Lands and Cultures; Regions and Cultures of Europe; Russian Society, Economics and Politics, Advanced Russian Language course "Advanced Comprehension and Composition"; Business Russian; Cultural Geography of Russia; Religion in Eastern Europe and Russia; and the graduate seminar "Geopolitics and Nation-Building in Central Asia".
Portuguese Flagship Program
Dr. Orlando R. Kelm is an Associate Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at The University of Texas at Austin where he teaches courses in Portuguese and Spanish, focusing mainly on business language and the cultural aspects of international business communication. He serves as the Director of the Portuguese Language Flagship Program, sponsored by the National Security Education Program (NSEP) of the Department of Defense.
Professor’s Kelm's research and publications center on the cultural aspects of international business and the pedagogical applications of innovative technologies in language learning, focusing mainly on Latin America and Brazil. His most recent book publications include (2020, coauthors David A. Victor and Olivia Hernández-Pozas), “The Seven Keys to Communicating in Mexico: An Intercultural Approach,” (2017, coauthors: Haru Yamada and David A. Victor), “The Seven Keys to Communicating in Japan: An Intercultural Approach,” and (2016, coauthor: David A. Victor), “The Seven Keys to Communicating in Brazil: An Intercultural Approach ” (All three published through Georgetown University Press. His most recent online materials development projects are entitled “Olha lá,” “Língua da Gente,” “Conversa Brasileira” and “Tá Falado.
Social Innovation Initiative
Dr. Meeta Kothare is adjunct professor in the McCombs School of Business, where she is the inaugural Managing Director of the Social Innovation Initiative. Kothare also holds a faculty appointment at the LBJ School of Public Affairs. She teaches popular classes in Financial Innovation for Social Impact, Impact Investing, and Social Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Previously she founded Neeva Solutions, a management consulting firm assisting nonprofits and for-profit organizations dedicated to social impact.
Kothare has over 25 years of academic, business, and social sector experience. She began her career in sales and marketing before pursuing graduate studies in business. After completing her doctorate, she joined the finance faculty at the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin, where she has taught in the MBA, Business Honors and Executive Education programs. Her research on corporate finance, corporate governance, and securities markets has appeared in leading academic finance journals.
Kothare’s current interests include social innovation and the use of financial tools for social impact and sustainability. Her areas of expertise include: impact and sustainable investing, impact measurement, social entrepreneurship and innovation. She is also actively engaged in community service, philanthropy and impact investing, and mentoring social changemakers on campus and beyond.
Kothare holds a Ph.D. in Finance and an M.S. in Applied Economics from the University of Rochester, and an MBA from the University of Georgia, where she was the class valedictorian.
Amit Kumar is currently an Asst. Professor of Marketing and Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to joining the McCombs faculty, he completed a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Cornell University and his A.B. in Psychology and Economics from Harvard University.
Professor Kumar’s research focuses on the scientific study of happiness and has been featured in popular media outlets such as The Atlantic, Business Insider, CNBC, CNN, Forbes, Harvard Business Review, The Huffington Post, National Geographic, The New York Times, NPR, Scientific American, Time Magazine, U.S. News and World Report, The Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post. His scholarly work has been published in Advances in Experimental Social Psychology, Emotion, The Journal of Consumer Psychology, The Journal of Experimental Psychology: General, The Journal of Experimental Social Psychology, Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, and Psychological Science.
Dr. Vijay Mahajan holds the John P. Harbin Centennial Chair in Business at McCombs School of Business, University of Texas at Austin. He has received numerous lifetime achievement awards including the American Marketing Association (AMA) Charles Coolidge Parlin Award for visionary leadership in scientific marketing. The AMA also instituted the Vijay Mahajan Award in 2000 for career contributions to marketing strategy. In 2006, he received the Distinguished Alumnus Award from the Indian Institute of Technology (Kanpur) for his contributions to management research. He served as the dean of the Indian School of Business, Hyderabad, from 2002-2004. He served as the Associate Dean for Research for the McCombs School of Business , University of Texas at Austin , from 1991-1994.He served on the World Economic Forum Global Agenda Council for The Arab World from 2012-2014. He was elected Fellow of the American Marketing Association in 2020.
Professor Mahajan is author or editor of thirteen books including his recent 2016 book, Rise of Rural Consumers in Developing Countries: Harvesting 3 Billion Aspirations. These books have been translated into twelve languages. His book, The 86% Solution, received the Book-of-the-Year award (Berry-American Marketing association) in 2007 and Convergence Marketing and Africa Rising were among the finalists for the same award in 2003 and 2010 respectively. Professor Mahajan has been invited by The World Bank , several Think Tanks and more than 120 universities and research institutions worldwide for research presentations. He has also been the editor of the Journal of Marketing Research. Winner of several best paper awards, he has also served on the editorial review boards of Journal of Marketing, Journal of Marketing Research, Marketing Science, and Journal of Consumer Research. Professor Mahajan has consulted with various Fortune 500 companies and has delivered executive development programs worldwide. His research has been reported and reviewed in dozens of media outlets in many countries.
Mahajan received B.Tech in Chemical Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology at Kanpur, his M.S. in Chemical Engineering and Ph.D in Management from The University of Texas at Austin.
Center for Global Business
Dr. Deirdre Mendez is Associate Director for Cultural Programs at the Center for Global Business at The University of Texas at Austin. In this role, she oversees the development and implementation of cultural adaptability programs to enhance the competitiveness of U.S. business.
Dr. Mendez is also a member of the faculties of the McCombs departments of management and marketing. She teaches international business and management to undergraduates, MBA students, and executives. She holds a PhD in linguistics, and worked as a consultant to U.S. corporations developing international strategies for 20 years before coming to UT-Austin. Since returning to academia, she has been a leader in work at McCombs to develop resources that strengthen students’ and executives’ adaptability to the international context.
Dr. Mendez has developed an academic framework and training system to facilitate intercultural adaptability and problem solving. The Cultural Analysis Toolkit is currently used at The University of Texas and other universities to teach international management and leadership courses, help students and businesspeople adapt to new cultural environments during study abroad, international internships, and service learning programs, and facilitate integration of culturally diverse teams of executives.
Middle Eastern Studies
Dr. Na’ama Pat-El is Chair of and Assistant Professor of Hebrew Linguistics in the Department of Middle Eastern Studies of the University of Texas at Austin. She holds a Ph.D. in Semitic Philology from Harvard University and has published extensively on syntax and historical linguistics of the Semitic languages. Her research fields of interest are Comparative Semitic Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Syntax, Languages in Contact and Linguistic Methodology.
Dr. Raj Raghunathan earned his PhD from the Stern School of Business at New York University and is currently employed as a professor of marketing at the McCombs School of Business, the University of Texas at Austin. Raj’s work juxtaposes theories from psychology, behavioral sciences, decision theory and marketing to document and explain interrelationships between affect and consumption behavior.
Raj’s work has been published in top marketing and psychology journals such as, Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Consumer Psychology, Journal of Marketing, Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes, Motivation and Emotion, and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. His work has also been cited in the popular press, such as The New York Times, the Austin American Statesman, and Self magazine. Raj was recognized as a Marketing Science Young Scholar in 2005 for his contributions to the field of Marketing, and was recently awarded the prestigious NSF Career Award (for $440,000).
South Asia Institute
Dr. Sharmila Rudrappa teaches on, and researches issues related to gender, race, and labor. Her specific interests are on reproductive markets, with a focus on the U.S. and India. She is author of Discounted Life: The Price of Global Surrogacy in India (New York University Press, 2015).She is also the author of Ethnic Routes to Becoming American: Indian Immigrants and the Cultures of Citizenship (Rutgers University Press, 2004), which explores race and activism in late 20th century Chicago.
Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies
Agnes Sekowski is Assistant Director for the Center for Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies, where she helps manage the center's federally-funded National Resource Center grant activities, acts as the Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Fellowship coordinator, graduate program coordinator and oversees the center's international programs. She holds a BBA from the McCombs School of Business and and MPAff from the LBJ School of Public Affairs in addition to her BA and MA degrees in Russian, East European and Eurasian Studies from the College of Liberal Arts.
Laura T. Starks
Dr. Laura T. Starks teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on environmental, social and governance investing, global financial strategies, and other finance topics. She has previously served as interim Dean, Associate Dean for Research, Chairman of the Department of Finance and Graduate Advisor. She was also an editor of the Review of Financial Studies from 2008-2014 and has won a number of research and teaching awards in her career.
Her current research focuses on mutual funds, corporate governance institutional investors and environmental, social and governance investing. She has served on the Boards of Directors of the four national academic finance organizations: the American Finance Association, the Financial Management Association (FMA), the Society of Financial Studies (SFS) and the Western Finance Association (WFA). She is past president of the FMA and WFA and is currently President of the SFS. She is a past Chairman of the Graduate Assembly for the University of Texas at Austin, the elected faculty council that governs the University’s graduate programs, and served on the Executive Committee of the University Faculty Council. She is an independent director for CREF Retirement Accounts and TIAA-CREF Mutual Funds, serves on the Investment Advisory Committee for the Employees Retirement System of Texas, the Board of Governors of the Investment Company Institute, and the Governing Council of the Independent Directors Council.
Professor Michelle Vaca-Senecal lectures at The University of Texas at Austin (UT), McCombs School of Business teaching foundations of international business and international trade & investment. She also serves as a trainer at UT Austin teaching an export fellows course in conjunction with the U.S. Department of Commerce and the El Camino Real District Export Council (DEC). Ms. Vaca-Senecal is also an adjunct professor at the University of the Incarnate Word, H-E-B School of Business and Administration (UIW) -- teaching international business management, import/export, and international economics.
Ms. Vaca-Senecal has extensive experience on the staffs of the U.S. International Trade Commission (USITC), The Executive Office of the President, Office of the U.S. Trade Representative (USTR), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). She has held progressively more responsible positions ranging from Trade Director to serving as a negotiator for the United States in several major trade agreements. Ms. Vaca-Senecal strives to bring real world examples into her classroom, often highlighting lessons learned from her work with importers, exporters, negotiations with the private sector and foreign governments. Ms. Vaca-Senecal enjoys volunteering her time judging international business competitions, mentoring youth interested in pursuing careers in international trade and mastering public speaking.
Ms. Vaca-Senecal received her M.A. in International Commerce and Policy from George Mason University and her B.A. in English from the University of Texas at San Antonio. Geographic expertise includes South America, Central America, and SE Asia. Ms. Vaca-Senecal is also a 2007 fellow of the National Hispana Leadership Institute’s Executive Leadership Program (NHLI). She also holds professional certificates from Oxford University, Harvard University, and The Center for Creative Leadership.