Marketing Faculty Spotlight

Shreya Kankanhalli

 

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Shreya Kankanhalli, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. Shreya grew up in Singapore, but moved to England for her educational training, receiving her Bachelor’s degree in Economics at the University of Cambridge and her Master’s in Economics from the London School of Economics. Most recently, she completed her Ph.D. in Quantitative Marketing at Stanford University's Graduate School of Business. Shreya’s research interests include studying companies and consumers located in low income or developing countries and applying different marketing strategies to see how they affect business performance or consumer behaviors. Her research interest stems from the travelling she did throughout Asia during her childhood, being shaped particularly by her time in India.
Shreya is excited to be joining the Smeal community and is looking forward to improving the world through business.

 

Brett Christenson

 

Clinical Assistant Professor of Marketing

Brett Christenson, PhD, is a Clinical Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. Brett completed his undergraduate degree in Marketing, Sports Management and Sponsorship, at Baylor University. He then spent some time in Los Angeles and Las Vegas to put his musical talents to use as a drummer, and also landed jobs working with LA Kings and LA Galaxy Sports Teams. Brett returned to Dallas, TX where he completed his MBA at UT Dallas, and just recently completed his Ph.D. in 2020 with the University of Alabama.

Brett has experience in many backgrounds, but his main focus area is on Sports Marketing.

To learn more about his career experience, education, and research interests, check out Brett's full introduction video.

 

Sara Dommer

 

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Sara Dommer, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. Sara completed her undergraduate degree in Marketing here in the Smeal College of Business, Penn State University. After graduating in 2005, Sara returned home to Pittsburgh, PA to work in small marketing firm in the area. Sara did her graduate education at the University of Pittsburgh knowing she wanted to become a Professor in Marketing. Over the past eight years, Sara has spent her time as Professor in Atlanta, Georgia in the Scheller College of Business at Georgia Tech and is excited to be coming back home to Smeal, this time as a Professor!

Professor Dommer explaining what gets her excited about Marketing: 

To learn more about her career experience, education, and research interests, check out Sara's full introduction video.

 

Sotires (Sotos) Pagiavlas

 

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Sotos Pagiavlas, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University. Sotos completed his undergraduate degree in Marketing at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and he recently completed his graduate degree in Spring of 2020 at the University of South Carolina. Sotos always new he wanted to be a teacher, but in high school he realized he wanted to specifically become a college professor. We are excited to welcome Sotos to Penn State and the Marketing Department for his first Professorship position!

Professor Pagiavlas explaining what gets him excited about Marketing: 

To learn more about his education, hobbies, and interests, check out Sotos' full introduction video.

 

Ning Zhong

 

Assistant Professor of Marketing

Ning Zhong, PhD, has been an Assistant Professor of Marketing in the Smeal College of Business at Penn State University since 2018. Ning grew up in Shanghai, China and went to school in Shanghai at Jia Tong, followed by Gerogia Tech and then Emory University for his Ph.D. 

Professor Zhong explaining his research interests: 

To learn more about his education, hobbies, and interests, check out Ning's full introduction video.