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Talking with…Natalia Reisel

Natalia ReiselEach installment of “Talking with…” helps you get to know a different Gabelli School faculty member, administrator, or staff member. This week, learn more about Natalia Reisel, assistant professor of finance and business economics.

What made you decide to come to the Gabelli School?
My attraction to Gabelli is the diverse and extremely productive faculty. We frequently get together for research seminars. The presentations span the field of finance and stimulate new directions in research.

Another reason is location. New York City offers a rich cultural backdrop to the Gabelli School.

What are you currently researching?
I am currently investigating corporate policies of private firms. For example, I find that governance problems in private firms are more severe than previously reported in the economics literature; this may lead to operating inefficiencies.

I am also interested in debt security design. In this work, I am analyzing how debt contracts are modified in response to hedge fund activism.

An additional area of interest concerns strategic inter-firm alliances.

What is the best part about the classes you’re teaching right now?
I enjoy interactive in-class projects. Students get a chance to apply core concepts to problem-solve with actual financial data sets. The goal is to develop applied skills that are relevant in today’s financial markets.

What are you most proud of accomplishing over the past five years at Fordham?
Fordham has given me the opportunity to work on interdisciplinary research. My current projects integrate not only traditional finance but also macro-policy, law, and accounting.

Is there a finance topic you think everyone should learn about, even if they’re not in the industry?
Corporate social responsibility. I want to give a plug for an interesting upcoming article in the Journal of Finance by Liang and Renneboog, “On the Foundations of Corporate Social Responsibility.”

 

Fun questions

Favorite pizza topping:
Pears with walnuts and blue cheese

Last Broadway (or off-Broadway) show you’ve seen:
The Audience, with Helen Mirren

What’s the best season to visit NYC?
Fall. I love to attend the Fall for Dance Festival at New York City Center.

What’s your preferred mode of transportation?
Train.

If you had to leave the east coast, where would you live?
There are so many interesting places. Sedona, Arizona, is one of them. I find it energizing to hike among the red rocks and green hills.

 

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