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Notre Dame b-school names finance professor as associate dean

by Carol Elliott

December 10, 2012

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The Mendoza College of Business at the University of Notre Dame has named a new associate dean to head its graduate studies.

Jeffrey H. Bergstrand, a finance professor at Mendoza for more than 26 years, will take over as associate dean of graduate studies beginning July 1, 2013. Responsibilities will include acting as the curriculum director for the graduate programs at the Mendoza College; most notably, Bergstrand will guide academic strategy for the Notre Dame MBA, which ranked No. 20 in the most recent Bloomberg Businessweek survey of the best graduate business schools. 

“Jeff has extensive experience in both teaching our graduate students, and in macroeconomics,” said Roger Huang, Kenneth R. Meyer Professor of Global Investment Management and the Interim Dean for the Mendoza College. “His strong expertise in global economics and multinational corporations will be a valuable asset in guiding the future direction of our graduate programs.”

Bergstrand has taught in the Notre Dame MBA and Executive MBA programs throughout his tenure, as well as in undergraduate courses. He is a prolific researcher in the areas of international trade, foreign direct investment and free trade agreements, and is frequently quoted in the media on topics including the European Union and foreign currency. Bergstrand has been a visiting scholar at the European Commission in Brussels, the IFO Institute/University of Munich, ETH University in Zurich, and several other institutions. He has also advised the European Commission on the effects of EU-U.S. nontariff barriers and of EU free trade agreements on their trade flows.

In addition, Bergstrand is a fellow of Notre Dame’s Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and a research associate of CESifo, an international network of researchers based in Europe.  He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Northwestern University, and his master’s and doctoral degrees in economics from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Edward J. Conlon, Edward Frederick Sorin Society Professor of Management and current associate dean of graduate studies, ends his term June 30, 2013. Conlon served as associate dean for nearly 10 years.