Faculty Advisory Board

The School of Business faculty includes professors distinguished for their research and contributions to the field of international business. Members of the Ahlers Center Faculty Advisory Board selected from the ranks of the School of Business faculty share their expertise in setting the direction and promoting the activities of the Ahlers Center.

Johanna Hunsaker, Professor of Management and Department of Management Chair

Known for her innovative teaching techniques, Johanna Hunsaker has taught internationally in France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, Saipan, Spain and Turkey. Hunsaker has a strong interest in gender issues in the workplace, especially at the managerial level.

Amitkumar Kakkad, Assistant Professor of Operations Management
Amitkumar Kakkad’s research interests include new service design and service innovation processes. His background also includes corporate and startup experience gained in the United States, United Kingdom and India.

Priya Kannan-Narasimhan, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Priya Kannan-Narasimhan teaches course in strategy, innovation and new product development and primarily does research related to innovation and corporate entrepreneurship. She is particularly interested in issues of innovation related to emerging markets.

Alyson Ma, Professor of Economics
Alyson Ma is well published on issues of trade and foreign investment with China. Her research interests broadly include topics in international trade, applied microeconomics and industrial organization.

Manzur Rahman, Professor of Finance
Having studied and worked in Asia, Europe and North America, Manzur Rahman brings a multicultural perspective to his seminar discussions. He has expertise in multinational financial policy, corporate finance and foreign direct investments. In addition to his PhD in finance, Rahman also has a law degree.

Justine Rapp, Assistant Professor of Marketing
Justine Rapp's research interests focus on the domain of consumer welfare, more specifically on the marketing implications of public policy on underrepresented groups.

Charles Tu, Daniel F. Mulvihill Professor of Commercial Real Estate
Charles Tu's research covers a wide variety of topics, including smart growth, sustainability and Asian real estate markets. In addition to top journals in the U.S., Tu also published in Europe and Asia. He has recently been invited to present his research in China, Singapore and Taiwan.

Pengcheng (Phil) Zhu, Assistant Professor of Finance
Phil Zhu teaches courses in international financial management. His research focuses on cross-border mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance and emerging market finance.  Zhu is also a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA).