March 18, 2004 • Volume 12 Number 13

Welcome Additions

Asst. Prof. Elizabeth Gelfand Miller (CSOM)

Fields of interest: Marketing, consumer behavior, market research, service marketing and advertising.

Courses: Marketing principles.

Miller has specific research interests in the role and interaction of affect, information presentation and information in decision-making. She and co-author Barbara Kahn of The Wharton School recently made presentations on "The Effect of Color and Flavor Names on Consumer Choice" at a Babson College research seminar and a marketing science conference at the University of Maryland.

She was a psychology and chemistry major as an undergraduate at Cornell University, where she graduated magna cum laude in 1998. Miller added both a master's degree and doctorate in marketing at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School.

Assoc. Prof. David A Chapman (CSOM)

PhD, William E. Simon Graduate School of Business, University of Rochester.

Field of Interest: Dynamic pricing models of stocks and bonds and mutual funds.

Courses: Portfolio Theory, Financial Econometrics.

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Chapman joins the Finance faculty from the University of Texas' Red McCombs School of Business where he had been the Fayez Sarofim & Co. Centennial Fellow since September of 2000. Chapman had been a member of the UT faculty since 1992 and taught at both the McCombs School and UT's Department of Economics. He is a 1982 honors graduate of Swarthmore College and earned a master's degree in applied economics for the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business at the University of Rochester in 1990.

Asst. Prof. Marina Pavan (Economics)

PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Fields of Interest: Quantitative macroeconomics, consumer choice behavior, dynamic equilibrium models, empirical microeconomics.

Courses: Topics in Macroeconomics, Macroeconomic Theory.

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Pavan comes to Boston College from the University of Pennsylvania where she studied for her graduate degrees in economics, receiving her master's degree in 1999 and a doctorate last spring. A native of Italy, she did her undergraduate work at Universita' di Trieste, where she was an honors student in economics and commerce. At Penn, Pavan taught a variety of course in macro- and microeconomics and won the Paul Taubman Memorial Prize for economics research, the Edwin Mansfield Teaching Prize and a department fellowship.

Asst. Prof. Devin O. Pendas (History)

Fields of Interest: German history, modern Europe, legal history, history of mass violence and war.

Courses: Modern History (1789-1989), German History, The Third Reich, War Crimes Trials in the 20th Century, Modern European History.

Pendas' research focuses on war crimes trails after World War II, particularly the West German Holocaust Trials. He recently completed a book length manuscript on the Frankfurt Auschwitz Trial (1963-65), the largest and most important Holocaust trial in West Germany. He is currently working on a history of German Holocaust trials from 1945 through 1989.

A magna cum laude graduate of Carleton College, he earned a master's degree and doctorate at the University of Chicago. He also taught history at UC where he was the Collegiate Assistant Professor of Social Sciences and Harper-Schmidt Fellow in the Society of Fellows in the Liberal Arts.

"Welcome Additions," an occasional feature, profiles new faculty members at Boston College.

-Reid Oslin

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