What to know about MIT Sloan’s 5 new faculty members

New professors explore the consequences of financial reporting, how labor markets act during periods of turmoil, and more.

Clockwise from top right: Claudia Steinwender, Christopher Palmer, Danielle Li, Delphine Samuels, and Namrata Kala.

Why It Matters

In an era of unverified facts and self-described experts, real knowledge matters more than ever. Here are five new MIT professors conducting robust, peer-reviewed research.

One examines how environmental technologies affect company returns. Another studies how machine learning algorithms impacted a firm’s HR practices. From fields ranging from technological innovation to applied economics, here are this year’s five new MIT Sloan faculty members.


Claudia Steinwender
Assistant Professor of Applied Economics

Comes from: Harvard Business School, where she was an assistant professor of business in the strategy unit.

Research:
Steinwender’s research interests include economic history, innovation, and international trade. Her most recent work looked at how information affects exporting merchant behavior in a historical context.

Find out more:
On her website and her faculty directory page.


Namrata Kala
Assistant Professor of Applied Economics

Comes from: Harvard University, where she was a Prize Fellow in Economics, History, and Politics, and the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab at MIT where she was a postdoctoral fellow.

Research: 
Kala’s research explores how both companies and households adapt to regulation and environmental change, the returns on environmental technologies, and on worker trainings and incentives.

Find out more
: On her website and her faculty directory page.


Delphine Samuels
Assistant Professor of Accounting

Comes from: The Wharton School of Business, where she completed her PhD in accounting.

Research:
Samuels’ research examines the economic determinants and consequences of financial reporting. Her recent work looked at how financial statement complexity is related to voluntary disclosure.

Find out more:
On her faculty directory page.


Christopher Palmer
Assistant Professor of Finance

Comes from: The University of California at Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, where he was an assistant professor, and the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, where he was a visiting scholar. He has a PhD in economics from MIT.

Research:
Palmer’s research focuses on how credit, real estate, and labor markets respond to periods of significant upheaval. His current work looks at frictions in mortgage and auto loan markets.

Find out more:
On his website and his faculty directory page.


Danielle Li
Assistant Professor of Technological Innovation, Entrepreneurship, and Strategic Management

Comes from: Harvard Business School, where she was an assistant professor of entrepreneurship. She is currently also a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. She has a PhD in economics from MIT.

Research:
Li’s research focuses on how organizations weigh expert advice and quantitative data when making investments and assessing the value of those investments on innovation. A recent project looked at how machine learning algorithms impacted a firm’s human resources practices and worker productivity.

Find out more:
On her website and her faculty directory page.