Leadership Team

The Carlson School benefits from a proven and experienced leadership team dedicated to the school’s long-term success.

Sri Zaheer

Sri Zaheer

Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility, Strategic Management and EntrepreneurshipBSc, Physics, Women's Christian College, Madras University

MBA, Finance & Control, Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
PhD, International Management, Sloan School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Srilata (Sri) Zaheer became the 12th dean of the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota on March 8, 2012.

During her tenure as dean of the Carlson School, Sri launched a Military Veterans Initiative to help servicemen and women transition from military to business careers, has increased the business community’s engagement with the school which has resulted in myriad new experiential learning opportunities for students, and has overseen the introduction of several new programs including new master’s programs in Business Analytics, Finance, and Supply Chain Management.

Sri joined the University in 1992 as an assistant professor and held a variety of roles prior to becoming dean, including serving as the PhD coordinator in the department of Strategic Management and Entrepreneurship (SME), department chair, and associate dean of faculty and research, where she was responsible for faculty in seven academic departments and the school's research infrastructure.

Sri holds the Elmer L. Andersen Chair in Global Corporate Social Responsibility and her research focus is on international business—a topic on which she has published extensively, and work that has been honored by such organizations as the Academy of International Business and the Academy of Management. She is a Fellow of the Academy of International Business, and a former Consulting Editor of the Journal of International Business Studies.

Prior to academia, Zaheer worked for multinationals such as Tata Consultancy Services and Sandoz (India) Ltd. She also reported on politics and business from India and Nigeria for Business International. These experiences provided the foundation for her research in international business, as well as leading the Carlson School’s engagement with the corporate community.

Sri serves on the boards of the Graduate Management Admission Council (GMAC) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. She previously served on the boards of Greater Twin Cities United Way, the Guthrie Theater and Destination Medical Center Economic Development Agency in Rochester, Minnesota.

In 2013, the Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal honored Sri’s professional achievements, leadership qualities, and contributions to the broader Twin Cities community with its Women in Business Award. In 2018, Zaheer received the PWC Strategy & Eminent Scholar Award, the most distinguished award in the International Management Division of the Academy of Management which recognizes lifetime achievement in international management scholarship. 


Alok Gupta

Alok Gupta

Associate Dean of Faculty and Research Curtis L. Carlson School-wide Chair in Information Management, Information and Decision Sciences
BS, Mining Engineering Institute of Technology, Banaras Hindu University
MS, Mine Electrical Systems, Pennsylvania State University
PhD, Management Science and Information Systems, University of Texas-Austin

Alok Gupta is the Curtis L. Carlson School-wide Chair in Information Management, and the former chair of the Information and Decision Sciences Department at the Carlson School. His research has appeared in several information systems, economics, and computer science journals. Gupta was awarded the prestigious NSF CAREER Award for his research on dynamic pricing mechanisms on the internet in 2001, and named an INFORMS Information Systems Society (ISS) Distinguished Fellow in 2014.

From 1999-2001, he served as co-director of Treibick Electronic Commerce Initiative (TECI), an endowed research initiative in the Operations and Information Management Department at the University of Connecticut. Currently, Gupta is an affiliate of the Center for Research in Electronic Commerce (CREC) at the University of Texas at Austin, editor in chief of Information Systems Research and associate editor of Management Science. He has served as publisher of MIS Quarterly since 2005.


Ravi Bapna

Ravi Bapna

Associate Dean of Executive Education Curtis L. Carlson Chair of Business Analytics and Information Systems Academic Director, Carlson School of Management Analytics Lab Professor, Department of Information and Decision Sciences
BT, Computer Engineering, Manipal Institute of Technology, Mangalore University, India PhD, Business Administration, Operations & Information Management, University of Connecticut

Ravi Bapna's expertise lies in helping companies leverage data-science, machine learning, AI and business analytics for competitive advantage. His research and scholarship views the emerging digital landscape as a giant global laboratory, a sandbox to gain a deeper causal understanding of how consumers, firms, industries and societies are being reshaped by the big-data and business analytics revolution. He teaches graduate students, executives, CIOs and CMOs around the world (US, China, India, Austria, Italy and parts of Eastern Europe) on how to thrive in the digital revolution. His research has been extensively published in a wide array of top-tier peer-reviewed journals and he has served as a senior editor for MIS Quarterly from 2010-2016. Bapna also serves as Chief Data Scientist at Mississippi River Capital LLC, a Minneapolis based hedge fund.


Michael J. Houston

Michael J. Houston

Associate Dean of Carlson Global Institute Ecolab/Pierson M. Grieve Chair in International Marketing
BS, Commerce, University of Illinois
MS, Marketing, University of Illinois
PhD, Marketing, University of Illinois

Michael Houston has been on the faculty since 1986 and has served as chair, Department of Marketing, Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, and interim Co-Dean. An award-winning consumer researcher, he currently does research on culture and consumer behavior and global branding issues. He served as Editor, Journal of Marketing Research (1988-91) and has served on the editorial boards of all of the major academic journals in marketing as well as other international journals. He has held national office in the American Marketing Association, serving as Vice President of Publications (2000-04), and as Director-Academic, Association for Consumer Research. His teaching efforts have included his role as academic director of the Carlson Brand Enterprise. He is a 2012 recipient of the University of Minnesota Global Engagement Award.


Raj Singh

Raj Singh

Associate Dean, Undergraduate Program Curtis L. Carlson Chair in FinanceBS, Mechanical Engineering, Kurukshetra University MBA, Information Systems, City University of New York
MS, Finance, Carnegie-Mellon University
PhD, Finance, Carnegie-Mellon University

Raj Singh’s research interests include corporate finance, auction theory, agency theory, and market-microstructure. He received the 2002 Best Corporate Finance Paper Award from the Western Finance Association, was a runner up for the 2002 Glucksman Research Prize and was recognized for his teaching in BusinessWeek’s Guide to the Best Business Schools in 1997, 1999 and 2001. His research has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Law, Economics & Organizations, and Journal of Accounting Research. He served on the academic advisory board for the Carlson Consulting Enterprise and currently serves on the editorial board of the International Review of Finance.

Joel Waldfogel

Joel Waldfogel

Associate Dean of MBA Programs Minnesota Insurance Industry Professor of Health Finance and Insurance
Frederick R Kappel Chair in Applied Economics, Strategic Management & Entrepreneurship
AB, Economics, Brandeis University
PhD, Economics, Stanford University

Joel Waldfogel is the Frederick R. Kappel Chair in Applied Economics at the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, an affiliated faculty member at both Minnesota’s Department of Economics and Law School, and a research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.  Before coming to Carlson, Waldfogel was at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School (1997-2010), where he was the Ehrenkranz Family Professor of Business and Public Policy and had served as department chair and associate vice dean. Between 1990 and 1997, he was an assistant and later an associate professor of economics at Yale University. 

Joel's main broad research interests are industrial organization and law and economics. He has conducted empirical studies of price advertising, media markets, the operation of differentiated product markets, and issues related to digital products, including piracy, pricing, revenue sharing, and the effects of digitization on the supply of new products. 

Most of his research since 2004 has focused on copyright-related issues. He has published papers on the impact of piracy on the revenue of authorized products in recorded music, motion pictures, and television. Since 2010 he has done research, and has published papers, on the broader impacts of digitization on the supply of new products in creative industries.

He has published over 50 articles in scholarly outlets including the American Economic Review, the Journal of Political Economy, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, and the RAND Journal of Economics. He has published two books, The Tyranny of the Market: Why You Can’t Always Get What You Want (Harvard University Press, 2007) and Scroogenomics: Why You Shouldn’t Buy Presents for the Holidays (Princeton University Press, 2009). He has also written for Slate. Joel is a co-editor of the Handbook of Media Economics and also co-edited the 2012 Oxford Handbook of the Digital Economy.

Joel teaches the managerial economics course in Carlson's MBA core and developed one of the first online courses in Carlson's MBA program.