Department Staff

As the administrative center for the PhD in business administration, the program office offers various services for prospective and current students, faculty, and staff. We provide information on recruiting, applications and admissions, student funds, student progress monitoring, public relations, program promotions, policies, and procedures.

Michelle Duffy

Michelle Duffy

Program Director and Director of Graduate Studies - Carlson School of Management

Michelle K. Duffy serves as the Director of Graduate Studies and PhD program at the Carlson School of Management. Professor Duffy has researched and published in the areas of leader behavior, employee well-being, emotion, and workplace deviance, including abusive supervision and social undermining. Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Applied Psychology, Academy of Management Journal,  Journal of Management,  Organizational Behavior, and Human Decision Processes, and Personnel Psychology. 

Amy Brown

Associate Director - Carlson School of Management

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Alex Hoppe

Program Assistant - Carlson School of Management

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Meet our PhD Coordinators

Meet our PhD Coordinators

Rachna Shah
Associate Professor
Rachna Shah is an Associate Professor, Operations and Management Science at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota.
Connie Wanberg
Professor and Industrial Relations Faculty Excellence Chair

Connie Wanberg teaches classes involving human resources management, leadership, industrial/organizational psychology, and organizational behavior. In her role as a researcher, she is internationally known for her work on unemployment, job search, and careers.

Aseem Kaul
Professor, The Mosaic Company - Jim Prokopanko Professor for Corporate Responsibility

Aseem joined the Carlson School in 2009, having completed his PhD in Management from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania. Aseem's research focuses on the relationship between firm scope and capabilities, examining how new capabilities and technologies are best governed and organized, and how the organizational boundary choices firms make impact their subsequent innovation.

William Hedgcock
Associate Professor
Yuqing Ren
Associate Professor & Lawrence Fellow

Yuqing Ren is an Associate Professor and the Mary and Jim Lawrence Fellow at the Carlson School of Management. She holds a Ph.D. from Carnegie Mellon University. Her research focuses on human-robot collaboration, business use of social media, smartphone use, and computational modeling of social and organizational systems. Dr.

Juliana Salomao
Assistant Professor
Haiwen (Helen) Zhang
Carl L. Nelson Professor of Accounting, PhD Program Coordinator

Professor Zhang received her PhD of Accounting from Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota in 2007. Before joining Carlson as a tenured Associate Professor of Accounting in July 2018, she was a faculty member at Fisher College of Business, the Ohio State University.