Seonghee Han, Ph.D.

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Assistant Professor of Finance, Business
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Rydal Executive Plaza, 312
    Biography

    Academic Employment

    Pennsylvania State University at Abington, 2017-Present
    Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Finance

    Frostburg State University, 2015 – 2017
    Tenure-track Assistant Professor of Finance

    Teaching Interests

    Corporate Finance; Financial Management; Investments; International Financial Management; Equity Valuation; Business Statistics; Financial Statement Analysis

    Courses Taught

    Corporate Finance (both undergraduate and graduate); Financial Management (undergraduate); International Financial Management (undergraduate); Principles of Finance (undergraduate)

    Selected Awards and Honors

    2020-2021 Summer Faculty Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University, Abington

    2019 Recognition as an Outstanding 2018 Group & Organization Management (GOM) Paper, 2019 Academy of Management conference

    My article titled, "When Crisis Knocks, Call a Powerful CEO (or not): Investigating the Contingent Link Between CEO Power and Firm Performance During Industry Turmoil" has been selected for recognition as an Outstanding 2018 Group & Organization Management (GOM) Paper.

    2019 Finalists for a "Best GOM Paper" Award, 2019 Academy of Management conference

    My article titled, "When Crisis Knocks, Call a Powerful CEO (or not): Investigating the Contingent Link Between CEO Power and Firm Performance During Industry Turnmoil" has been nominated for a "Best GOM Paper" Award by the GOM Editorial Team.

    2019 Rubin Business Grant, Pennsylvania State University, Abington
    2019 Steinberg Business Grant, Pennsylvania State University, Abington

    2018 Office of Educational Equity - Multicultural Faculty Development Support Funds, Pennsylvania State University, University Park

    2018 CFA Professor Scholarship, CFA Institute
    2017 CFA Professor Scholarship, CFA Institute
    2016 CFA Professor Scholarship, CFA Institute

    2016 Faculty Publication Award, College of Business, Frostburg State University
    2016 Faculty Development Award, Frostburg State University

    2013 Best paper award, FMA Asian Conference (semi-finalist)
    2013 Best paper award (Corporate Finance category), FMA Annual Meeting (semi-finalist)

    2013 KAFA (Korea America Finance Association) PhD Student Scholarship
    2013 KAFA (Korea America Finance Association) Travel Grant
    2013 Foundation Travel Grant, Binghamton Univ., Binghamton, NY
    2012 Rosa Colecchio Dissertation Research Award, Binghamton Univ., Binghamton, NY

    Media Coverage

    "No One Stock Should Have All That Power," NPR - Marketplace. (November 2018).

    I had an interview about my research on CEO power with an NPR broadcast reporter - Marketplace - national business news and economics shows broadcast.

    "Why Activist Investors Target Female CEOs,"

    My article, "Do Women CEOs Face Greater Shareholder Activism Compared to Male CEOs? A Role Congruity Perspective." was featured at Bloomberg.com (December 4, 2017).

    "Do Women CEOs Face Greater Shareholder Activism Compared to Male CEOs? A Role Congruity Perspective" at Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation."

    My article, "Do Women CEOs Face Greater Shareholder Activism Compared to Male CEOs? A Role Congruity Perspective" at Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation

    https://corpgov.law.harvard.edu/2017/11/07/do-women-ceos-face-greater-shareholder-activism-compared-to-male-ceos-a-role-congruity-perspective/#more-102583.

    "Are Activist Investors Sexist? - Female CEOs are far more likely to face an activist challenge, new research shows" - Wall Street Journal (August 2, 2019)

    The Wall Street Journal discussed our research on 'CEO gender and shareholder activism' in a recent article: https://www.wsj.com/articles/are-activist-investors-sexist-11564761135

    Other Professional Experience

    Passed all CPA exams, New Hampshire Board of Accountancy
    Passed CFA Level I and II (CFA Level III candidate)

    Professional Activities

    2021-  Editorial Advisory Board Member of Managerial Finance 
     
    2021 Financial Management Association (FMA) Annual Meeting, Program Committee Member 

    2020 Financial Management Association (FMA) Annual Meeting, Program Committee Member 
    2020 Financial Management Association (FMA) Applied Finance Conference, Program Committee Member 
    2020 Financial Management Association (FMA) European Conference, Program Committee Member 

    2019 Financial Management Association (FMA) Annual Meeting, Program Committee Member 
    2019 Financial Management Association (FMA) Applied Finance Conference, Program Committee Member 

    2019 Eastern Finance Association (EFA) Annual Meeting, Program Committee Member 
    2018 Eastern Finance Association (EFA) Annual Meeting, Program Committee Member 

    Ad-hoc Review of Journal of Banking and Finance 
    Ad-hoc Review of Journal of Financial Research 
    Ad-hoc Review of Journal of Multinational Financial Management 
    Ad-hoc Review of Managerial Finance 
    Ad-hoc Review of Journal of Strategy and Management 
    Ad-hoc Review of International Journal of Emerging Markets 

    Publications

    Han, S., Song, K., and Whang, E. (2021). Financial ratio analysis of law firm's strategy and job satisfaction, International Journal of Organization Theory & Behavior, Vol. 24 (1), 24-40. 

    Gupta, V., Han, S., Nanda, V., & Silveri, S. (2018). When Crisis Knocks, Call a Powerful CEO (or Not): Investigating the Contingent Link Between CEO Power and Firm Performance During Industry Turmoil. Group & Organization Management, 43(6), 971-998. 

    Gupta, V. K., Han, S., Mortal, S.C., Silveri, S., & Turban, D. B. (2018). Do Women CEOs Face Great Threat of Shareholder Activism Compared to Male CEOs? A Role Congruity Perspective. Journal of Applied Psychology, 103(2), 228-236. 

    Han, S., Nanda, V., & Silveri, S. (2016) CEO Power and Firm Performance under Pressure. Financial Management, 45(2), 369-400. 

    Education

    Ph.D. in Finance, State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, Binghamton, NY

    MBA (Concentration in Finance), Seoul National University, Seoul, Korea

    MA in Statistics, Yale University, New Haven, CT

    MS in Industrial Engineering, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

    BA in Mass Communication, Ewha Womans University, Seoul, Korea