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Professional MBA Faculty

Below is a sampling of the Kogod faculty members who teach core courses in our MBA programs.

Jill Klein

Jill Klein, Founding Director of the PMBA Program

Jill Klein brings more than 25 years of IT and banking management experience to the classroom and currently serves as an Information Technology Executive in Residence at the Kogod School of Business. She teaches at the graduate and undergraduate level, and enjoys developing courses that provide students with “live client” projects and resources. She co-chairs the Kogod Information Technology Executive Council, comprised of 20 corporate and government CIOs. Prior to joining Kogod, Professor Klein worked at JP Morgan, IBM, Riggs Bank, The Advisory Board and managed her own IT consulting firm. Read Full Bio

Augustine Duru, Professor

Professor Duru teaches management accounting to undergraduate and graduate students with emphasis on how organizations use accounting information to create value in a dynamic business environment. His main research interest focuses on the use and implication of accounting information in corporate governance and firm valuation. Professor Duru received the American University Professor of the Year: Excellence in Teaching award in April 2001. Read Full Bio


Anusree Mitra, Associate Professor

Professor Mitra teaches marketing management, consumer behavior, and marketing research. Her research focuses on consumer perceptions of marketing information such as advertising, nutritional labeling, and other mandatory disclosures, and their public policy implications. Read Full Bio

H. Kent Baker, Professor

Professor Baker teaches finance and served as Chair of the Department of Finance and Real Estate for 11 years. He also has extensive industry experience and has provided consulting and training services to more than 100 organizations. He has authored or edited eight books and has published more than 200 articles. Outside of the academic realm, he is a professional musician, who has toured and recorded. Read Full Bio

Sheila Bedford

Sheila Bedford, Executive-in-Residence

Sheila Bedford teaches accounting at the undergraduate and graduate level. She has extensive industry accounting experience in the real estate business, and served in senior financial management roles with Marriott International and as the controller for The Golf Academy LLC. Read Full Bio

Heather Elms, Associate Professor

Heather Elms is Chair of the International Business Department and Kogod Research Professor. She teaches undergraduate and graduate international business strategy and critical thinking courses. Her research focuses on the relationship between corporate and stakeholder responsibility in the global context, including the role of professionals in those responsibilities. Read Full Bio

Alex Mislin

Alexandra Mislin, Assistant Professor

Alexandra Mislin teaches negotiation. Her research focuses on how aspects of social exchange such as trust formation, emotions, and the tracking of social obligations influence negotiations. Her current work examines how these social factors interrelate and how they affect negotiated agreements, contract implementation, and behavior after the agreement. Read Full Bio

Leigh Riddick

Leigh Riddick, Associate Professor

Professor Riddick is currently Chair of the of the American University (AU) Faculty Senate and a Faculty Representative on the AU Board of Trustees. She previously served as Vice-Chair of the Faculty Senate. Her teaching interests include managerial economics and strategy, introductory finance, investments and portfolio management. Her research interests include the home asset bias puzzle, corporate cash policy and international bankruptcy. Read Full Bio

Ed Wasil

Edward Wasil, Professor

Professor Wasil specializes in network optimization and applications of decision-aiding methods. He has published more than 100 technical articles in a wide variety of academic outlets including Operations Research, European Journal of Operational Research, and Manufacturing and Service Operations Management. In 2005, Professor Wasil and four co-authors received the INFORMS Computing Society Prize for research excellence in the interface between operations research and computer science. In 2002 and 2005, Professor Wasil received the Kogod Graduate Business Association award for Distinguished Professor of the Year. In 2006, he was named the American University Scholar/Teacher of the Year. Read Full Bio

Itir Karaesmen Aydin

Itir Karaesmen Aydin, Assistant Professor

Degrees: B.S. and M.S. in Industrial Engineering, Middle East Technical University, Ankara, TURKEY; M.Phil. and PhD in Management Science, Columbia University, New York, USA. Read Full Bio