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Management Ph.D. Program
University of Mississippi

Current Ph.D. Students

Andrea Blakely
Doctoral Candidate

Andrea Blakely is a native of Cullman, Alabama. She received a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Arts from the University of Alabama in Huntsville. After graduating, Andrea spent a year as a teaching assistant for the University of Alabama in Huntsville while working to obtain her Master of Science in Information Systems. After working for a year in industry, she decided education and research were her passions. She is a Doctoral Candidate in Management at the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration. Her research interests lie in the areas of Organizational Behavior. She has a golden doodle named Romeo.

ablakely@bus.olemiss.edu

Joseph Schaefer
Doctoral Candidate

Joseph Schaefer is a native of Mt. Vernon, Indiana. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Southern Indiana. After graduating Joe spent 2 years as a research assistant for the Indiana University School of Medicine and the University of California San Francisco Department of Infectious Disease before returning to Indiana to earn an MBA from the University of Southern Indiana. He is a Doctoral Candidate in Management at the University of Mississippi. His research interests lie in the areas of Organizational Behavior and Entrepreneurship, with a primary focus on how venture loss affects grief and serial entrepreneurship, along with topics including social entrepreneurship, emotion, and subjective entrepreneurial success.

jschaefer@bus.olemiss.edu

Yankun Jia
Doctoral Candidate

Yankun Jia is a Doctoral Candidate in the Management Ph.D. program at the University of Mississippi’s School of Business Administration. Yankun Jia holds a Bachelor’s degree in Finance from Sichuan University, China, and an MBA degree from the University of Mississippi. Prior to Ph.D. study, he worked in the industry as a financial analyst and as a financing manager.  His current research interests revolve around strategy and entrepreneurship topics, including corporate social responsibility, entrepreneurial financing. 

yjia@bus.olemiss.edu

Kaushik Mukherjee
Doctoral Candidate

Kaushik Mukherjee is a Doctoral Candidate in Management at the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration. Kaushik is a native of the suburbs of Kolkata, India and has received a Bachelor of Chemical Engineering degree from Jadavpur University, Kolkata and an MBA (Finance and Operations) from XLRI, Jamshedpur. He worked with Infosys Technologies, Bengaluru mainly on wholesale banking payments systems for IBM Mainframe platform. and was employed with Yes Bank, Mumbai in mid-size corporate banking and business policy advocacy roles. He is also an FRM charter holder and has cleared CFA Level II. His research interests are in corporate social responsibility (CSR), corporate governance, and board of directors.

kmukherjee@bus.olemiss.edu

John Rogers
Doctoral Candidate

John Rogers is a native of Tupelo, MS. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English, Literature, and Religion from Birmingham-Southern College, a Master of Divinity from Emory University, and an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis.  After completing his MBA, John worked for 5 years in Ghana and Nigeria where he started or joined several early-stage ventures in construction, agriculture, mining, and service-learning tourism. John returned to the U.S. in 2015 where were worked for a medical device start-up (Soair, LLC) and as a Project Manager and Adjunct Instructor for the UM School of Business Administration. John is a Doctoral Candidate in Management at the University of Mississippi School of Business Administration and lives in Oxford with his wife and son. John's primary research interest is entrepreneurship and exploring craftwork in small-scale enterprises.

jrogers@bus.olemiss.edu

Pol Solanelles
Doctoral Candidate

Pol Solanelles is a native of Fonollosa, Catalonia. After receiving an athletic scholarship in the United States, he received a Bachelor of Science in Communication from East Carolina University, where he investigated the underlying dynamics of interpersonal and inter-organizational communication. While pursuing an MBA at his alma matter, he worked as a research assistant for the College of Business conducting research on human capital development and organizational climates of diversity, inclusion, and bias. He is currently a Doctoral Candidate in Management at the University of Mississippi. His current research interests center on a meso-level and interpersonal approach to social influence, organizational culture, diversity, and corporate social responsibility.

psolanelles@bus.olemiss.edu

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David Keating
Doctoral Student

David received his bachelor’s degree in Entrepreneurship with a minor in Marketing at the University of Illinois–Chicago. He earned an MBA with a double concentration in Management & Marketing at Liautaud Graduate School of Business at UIC. Prior to becoming a Ph.D. student, David worked at Walgreens Corporate in search engine marketing and was the founding partner of the restaurant, Bridges & Bourbon, in Pittsburgh, PA. David researches the “dark” and “light” sides of organizational behavior. His research focuses on negative workplace behaviors, emotions, and prosocial behaviors and has been published in the Academy of Management Journal and the Journal of Management. 

dkeating@bus.olemiss.edu

Michelle Harvey
Doctoral Student

Michelle is an 8th generation New Orleanian; she holds an MBA from the Duke University Fuqua School and a BSF from Sewanee: The University of the South. She is recently fully retired from Environmental Defense Fund. Michelle opened EDF's Bentonville, AR, office, and worked there for 9 years, concluding as director, supply chain, for EDF’s on-site sustainability partnership with Walmart. Her work resulted in Walmart taking market-shifting environmental and human health commitments, including the first corporate mandate to reduce or eliminate legal but toxic chemicals across a retailer's home and personal care product portfolio. Michelle was a founding board member of the Sustainable Apparel Coalition, ensuring robust environmental and social metrics for the global apparel industry, and a core participant in The Sustainability Consortium, which provides science and metrics underpinning retail sustainability assessments. Michelle also ran a Washington, DC-based consulting business. As a University of Mississippi management doctoral student, her research interests include organizational change, accountability, and equity in the workplace.

mharvey@bus.olemiss.edu

Shruti Routray
Doctoral Student

Shruti Routray is a Doctoral Student in Management at the University of Mississippi, School of Business Administration. She is a native of New Delhi, India. She received a Bachelor's Degree in Information Technology from MAII- Stratford, New Delhi and a Master's Degree in Human Resource Management and Development from New York University. After completing her Master's Degree, she worked for 4 years as a HR Generalist in two Indian multinational conglomerates—Videocon Industries Ltd and ITC Hotels. Her research interests lie in the areas of Organizational Behavior, HR and Organizational Networks. 

sroutray@bus.olemiss.edu

Graduated Ph.D. Students

Jaime Williams
Graduated 2021

Tennessee Technological University

Caleb Lugar
Graduated 2021

Professional

Chelsea Sherlock
Graduated 2020

Mississippi State University

Gabby Swab
Graduated 2019

Towson University

Erik Markin
Graduated 2019

Mississippi State University

Tobi Popoola
Graduated 2018
David Marshall
Graduated 2017
Jennifer Palar
Graduated 2016
Foster Roberts
Graduated 2014

Auburn University at Montgomery

Jaemin Kim
Graduated 2014
John Smothers
Graduated 2012
Wallace Williams
Graduated 2012
Russell Clayton
Graduated 2011
Lloyd Wade
Graduated 2011
Miriam Moeller
Graduated 2010
Laura Williams
Graduated 2010
Jacob Breland
Graduated 2008
Allison Duke
Graduated 2007
Joyce Heames
Graduated 2006
Randy Evans
Graduated 2006
Joseph Goodman
Graduated 2006
Jo Ann Brown
Graduated 2006
Charles Carson
Graduated 2005
Mojgan Soltanpour
Graduated 2003
Sulaiman Al-Alsheikh
Graduated 2001
Wanthanee Limpaphayom
Graduated 2001
Andre Honoree
Graduated 1999
Larry Bailey
Graduated 1999
Paul Starkey
Graduated 1998
Ceasar Douglas
Graduated 1997
Dean Cleavenger
Graduated 1997
Raed Awamleh
Graduated 1997
Shelton Morrisette
Graduated 1997
Ahmed Mohamed
Graduated 1996
Chittibabu Govindarajulu
Graduated 1996
Samuel Faught
Graduated 1996