Contact Current MGT PhD Students

Dina Denney
Year in Program: 2nd
PhD Specialization: Strategy/Change Management

Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering with an emphasis in RF systems from University of Texas of Dallas, MBA with an emphasis in change management from University of Texas at Tyler, MPA with an emphasis in change management from University of Texas at Tyler.

Research interests: Organizational change management, strategy, leadership, organizational psychopathy and mixed methods research analysis.

Dina Denney is currently a second-year Ph.D. student at New Mexico State University at the College of Business, in the Management Department. Mrs. Denney lived in Germany for nearly seven years where she graduated from a private Department of Defense school. During this formative period in her life, she encountered a myriad of cultures and people while traveling extensively throughout western Europe. After returning to the United States, she served her country for six years in the U. S. Navy.

She has worked in private sector companies such as Johnson Controls, G. E., and Boeing, as well as in the public sector at University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center. Her research interests extend to the merging of private sector business practices into the public sector, specifically, the need for successful implementation of lasting change management.


Bahareh Javadizadeh
Year in Program: 3rd
PhD Specialization: Strategy and Policy

Degrees: Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Engineering, IUT; MBA at Payame Noor University, Iran.

Research interests: Strategy, leadership, storytelling.

Bahareh Javadizadeh is a third-year doctoral student at New Mexico State University. Her research explores the role of diversity in the workplace, as well as workplace civility. She is also interested in the antecedents and outcomes of glass ceiling beliefs in the workplace and the mediating role of authenticity in the relationship between identity threat and well-being.
Alongside her research, Bahareh has taught Human Resource Management, Organizational Behavior, and Teamwork. The Department of Management within the NMSU College of Business recognized her for outstanding teaching during 2017-2018.
Prior to beginning her doctoral work, Bahareh worked as a volunteer at various nonprofit organizations in Iran such as State Welfare Organization in Isfahan and Women Society Against Environmental Pollution. She also has two years of work experience as a business manager at Besnique, a company in Iran that specializes in the importation of European truck parts.


Yanni Liang
Year in Program: 3rd
PhD Research Area: Strategy and Policy

Degrees: Master of Accountancy, NMSU; Bachelor of Science in Mathematics, Suzhou Science and Tech University.

Research interests: Strategy implementation, financial analysis, quantitative analysis, and strategy differentiation from multicultural.

Growing up in a family with her beloved father as an experienced middle-school teacher and role model, Liang developed her passionate love for teaching since she was a little girl. Liang desired to one day become a professor and teach in a university working with students who will shape the future of society. As a professor, you are always being surrounded with fresh minds full of creative ideas and innovative thoughts. Interacting, communicating, and growing with these young minds is the most important part of an academic calling and one that she wants to commit the rest of her life to.

Liang has been actively involved in many research projects with professors and colleagues in developing her research agenda of corporate social responsibility (CSR) and stakeholders’ trust in business. Further, she has attended many academic conferences and has had couple of submissions accepted by the most important conference in the management field, the Academy of Management (AOM) 2017. In addition, she has a coauthored submission with her advisor which is currently under review in a high impact journal. As she continues to develop her research in the important area of social responsibility, she hopes to transcend her research to meaningful impacts on society both here and abroad. Presently, besides preparing for her dissertation proposal, she is working on several other CSR related papers either with colleagues or on her own targeting other research venues. In conclusion, she looks forward to further developing her CSR research agenda and provide meaningful contributions to both academic research and society.


Jennifer Miles
Year in Program: 2nd
PhD Specialization: Organizational Behavior

Degrees: Bachelor of Business Administration, University of San Diego; Master of Business Administration, University of San Diego; Master of Science in Management, University of California Irvine.

Research interests: Ethics, diversity, leader-member exchange, leadership.

Miles has working experience in banking as a small business specialist, international education, and teaching. She has taught BUSN 361: International Business at USD, MGT 309: Human Behavior in Organizations, and will be teaching MGT 332: Human Resources at NMSU in the fall.

Her current research projects include examining the effects of ethical leadership and regulatory focus, the power/interaction model, how supervisor gender, perspective taking, and power usage affect subordinate outcomes, a study of business school rankings, and e-commerce.


Carma Claw Nez
Year in Program: 4th
PhD Specialization: Strategy

Degrees: Business management with an emphasis in information systems, University of Utah.

Research interests: Strategy, ethics, leadership, and indigenous business management. Her most recent work includes presentations at the Academy of Management, Southern Academy of Management, Western Academy of Management, Quantum Storytelling, and Tribal Wisdom for Business Ethics conferences. Additionally, she is an author in the first ever tribal business textbook – American Indian Business Principles and Practices, in the Indigenous Aspirations and Rights and Tribal Wisdom for Business Ethics books.

Claw’s graduate and research assistant experience includes work in business strategy, organizational behavior, marketing, and business information systems. She also offers over seventeen years of industry experience with a majority of those years at two top-flight defense electronics companies.
An additional strength she embraces is her commitment to the Native American community through various activities including serving on parent committees, coordinating various cultural events, and teaching business management to youth attending NMSU’s summer enrichment program. Carma is a citizen of the Diné (Navajo) Nation.


Mabel Sanchez
Year in Program: 2nd
PhD Specialization: Organizational Behavior

Degrees: International Business, BA, and MBA with an emphasis in research methods from the University of Texas at El Paso.

Research interests: Organizational behavior and change, diversity, gender and organization, alternative paradigms, feminist theory, storytelling, and qualitative methods.

Mabel Sanchez has a B.A. in International Business and an M.B.A. from the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP). She is currently a second year Ph.D. student at New Mexico State University in the Management department. Mabel worked in the government and private sector, including the World Trade Center El Paso/Juarez, the New Mexico Border Authority, and the Dallas Independent School District. Working as an Ambassador of Mexico at UTEP for three years, the interaction with people from eleven different countries, and having lived in the United States, Mexico, France, and England has marked her research interest in diversity, gender and organization, organizational change, feminist theory, and qualitative research. Mabel returned to the US-Mexico borderland to study diversity, where there are Native, Asian, American, and Mexican cultures that work and prosper: it is a window into the United States’ future.

Eugene Sull
Year in Program: 2nd
PhD Specialization: Operations Management

Degrees: Bachelor’s in Electronic Engineering, Hanyang University; MBA, Sogang University, South Korea.

Research interests: Supply Chain Management (SCM), Service Quality, Quality Management, E-Commerce, Customer Behavior, Project management

Sull’s current research explores the major antecedents of mobile banking customer loyalty. He has taught MGT 344 (Production and Operations management) both online and face-to-face.
Before joining the PhD program, his prior experience included work as an system engineer, researcher and marketing manager at Samsung Thales, LS Industrial Systems and Research Institute for 10 years.


Bio forthcoming.

Ruoqing Zhang
Year in Program: 3rd
PhD Specialization: Operations Management

Degrees: B.S. in Textile Engineering, Tianjin Polytechnic University, China; M.S. in Industrial Engineering, NMSU.

Research interests: Supply chain management and e-commerce.

Zhang has a rich industry background in both manufacturing and IT companies. He worked as an operations manager and database administrator before joining the management Ph.D. program.
His current research interests focus on transnational electronic commerce, specifically, how technology influences merchants’ operations strategy and consumer behaviors across different channels. He is also interested in investigating key factors of supply chain integration (internal, customer, supplier).