MSI Scholars Program

About the Program

The MSI Scholars Program was established to bring together a select group of mid-career level academics, with the purpose of recognizing individuals’ excellence in scholarship, developing a cohort across marketing disciplines, and strengthening ties between scholars and MSI.

The Scholars Event provides an exclusive forum for these prominent academics to share their work, discuss their latest thinking, and explore optimal partnerships between research and practice. Over the four-day conference retreat, the class will participate in the following activities:

    • Individual research presentations that offer opportunities for future study that could benefit from academic-practitioner collaboration;
    • Integrative exercises building upon participant presentations, focusing on how MSI can better serve the academic field, and how the field can help MSI and its members;
    • Excursions, networking, and opportunities for cohort building.

Eligibility Requirements

Eligible academics for the MSI Scholars program are mid-career level researchers, specifically those scholars at or on the cusp of full professor, and within 10-14 years of receipt of their Ph.D.s who received their Ph.D.s (for 2024 Scholars, this criterion implies those receiving their Ph.D.s between 2010 – 2014 are eligible).

They should have a keen understanding of the importance of academic-practitioner partnerships and be prepared to share ideas for practical application.


Upcoming Scholar Schedule

We will start accepting the applications for the MSI 2024 Scholar HERE on June 26, 2024. The application is due on July 31, 2024.

Look for an email announcement with information about the application process in early Summer.

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Selection Process

The MSI Scholars will be selected by the Scholars Committee, and participation will be limited to approximately 30 individuals from the pool of applicants.

Selection is highly competitive. The committee considers:

    • A paragraph summary of the substantive contributions of the candidate’s two most important papers of past 5 years.
    • Field service and leadership.
    • Citations and other evidence of impact on the field of marketing (best article awards, etc.).
    • Research productivity and quality in top business journals and relevant publications in adjacent disciplines.
    • Relevance of research to the MSI member community and past involvement with MSI.

In selecting a class of MSI Scholars, the committee seeks a balance across the various sub-fields in marketing, and applications are open to other disciplines where appropriate (e.g., economics, statistics, psychology, and computer science) if the candidate is working on emerging business, technology, and public policy issues of interest to member companies.


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MSI Scholars by Year

  • Simon Blanchard, Georgetown University
    Bryan Bollinger, New York University
    Doug Chung, University of Texas at Austin
    Cynthia Cryder, Washington University in St. Louis
    Keisha Cutright, Duke University
    Elea Feit, Drexel University
    Daniel Fernandes, Catholic University of Portugal
    Philip Fernbach, University of Colorado at Boulder
    Frank Germann, University of Notre Dame
    Henrik Hagtvedt, Boston College
    Szu-chi Huang, Stanford University
    Baojun Jiang, Washington University in St. Louis
    Leslie John, Harvard University 
    Son Lam, University of Georgia
    Brent McFerran, Simon Fraser University
    Blakeley McShane, Northwestern University
    Ravi Mehta, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
    Cassie Mogilner, UCLA 
    Nailya Ordabayeva, Dartmouth College
    Neeru Paharia Arizona State University 
    Anita Rao Georgetown University
    Alok Saboo, Georgia State University
    Navdeep Sahni, Stanford University
    Adriana Samper, Arizona State University
    Maura Scott, Florida State University
    Stephan Seiler, Imperial College London
    Bradley Shapiro, University of Chicago
    Stephen Spiller, UCLA
    Abigail Sussman, University of Chicago
    Seshadri Tirunillai, University of Houston
    Caleb Warren, University of Arizona
    Song Yao, Washington University in St. Louis
    Pinar Yildirim, University of Pennsylvania 
    Georgios Zervas, Boston University
    Yi Zhu, University of Minnesota

  • Nidhi Agrawal, University of Washington

    Paulo Albuquerque, INSEAD

    Eva Ascarza, Harvard University

    Rajesh Bagchi, Virginia Tech

    Jonah Berger, University of Pennsylvania

    Anindita Chakravarty, University of Georgia

    Jeff Galak, Carnegie Mellon University

    Kelly Goldsmith, Vanderbilt University

    Vlad Griskevicius, University of Minnesota

    Sam Hui, University of Houston

    Ashlee Humphreys, Northwestern University

    Yuwei Jiang, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

    Anat Keinan, Boston University

    Cait Lamberton, University of Pennsylvania

    Anja Lambrecht, London Business School

    Mitchell Lovett, University of Rochester

    Kanishka Misra, University of California

    Jian Ni, Johns Hopkins University

    Yesim Orhun, University of Michigan

    Raghunath Rao, The University of Texas at Austin

    Joe Redden, University of Minnesota

    Oliver Rutz, University of Washington

    Aner Sela, University of Florida

    Shrihari (Hari) Sridhar, Texas A&M University

    Andrew  Stephen, University of Oxford

    Manoj Thomas, Cornell University

    Claudia Townsend, University of Miami

    Michael Trusov, University of Maryland

    Oleg Urminsky, University of Chicago

    Ralf Van Der Lans, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    Echo Wen Wan, University of Hong Kong

    Keith Wilcox, Columbia University

    Karen Winterich, Pennsylvania State University

    Hema Yoganarasimhan, University of Washington

    Min Zhao, Boston College

    2020 MSI Scholars Selection Committee:

    Barbara Kahn, The Wharton School & Marketing Science Institute

    Carl Mela, The Fuqua School of Business

    Sherry Pincus,  Marketing Science Institute

    Earl Taylor, Marketing Science Institute

    Rajdeep Grewal, University of North Carolina

    Jeffrey Inman, University of Pittsburgh

    K. Sudhir, Yale University

  • Sinan Aral, MIT

    Simona Botti, London Business School

    Tony Cui, University of Minnesota

    Rex Du, University of Houston

    Rosellina Ferraro, University of Maryland

    David Gal, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Anindya Ghose, New York University

    Markus Giesler, York University

    Brett Gordon, Northwestern University

    Ryan Hamilton, Emory University

    Kelly Haws, Vanderbilt University

    Raghuram Iyengar, University of Pennsylvania

    Kinshuk Jerath, Columbia

    Zsolt Katona, University of California, Berkeley

    Leonard Lee, National University of Singapore

    Debanjan Mitra, University of Florida

    Ashwani Monga, Rutgers University

    Carey Morewedge, Boston University

    Anirban Mukhopadhyay, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

    Harikesh Nair, Stanford University

    Sridhar Naranayan, Stanford University

    Oded Netzer, Columbia University

    Robert Palmatier, University of Washington

    Stefano Puntoni, Erasmus University

    Rebecca Reczek, Ohio State University

    David Schweidel, Georgetown University

    Jiwoong Shin, Yale University

    Suzanne Shu, UCLA

    Deborah Small, University of Pennsylvania

    S. Sriram, University of Michigan

    Catherine Tucker, MIT

    Sriram Venkataraman, University of North Carolina

    Kenneth Wilbur, University of California, San Diego

    Juanjuan Zhang, MIT

    2018 Selection Committee:

    Darren Dahl, University of British Columbia

    Preyas Desai, Duke University

    Katherine N. Lemon, Boston College

    Carl F. Mela, Duke University and Marketing Science Institute

    Gordon Wyner, Marketing Science Institute

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