D'Amore-McKim School of Business


D'Amore-McKim School of Business
Joseph G. Riesman Research Professor



Ph.D. Finance, 2013. Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA.
M.B.A. Finance, 2006. Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN.
Affiliate, 2004. Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, UK.
M.A. Political Science, 1999. American University of Armenia, Yerevan, Armenia.
B.A. Russian Language and Literature, 1997. Yerevan State University, Yerevan, Armenia.

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Research & Teaching Interests

Professor Mkrtchyan''s research interests fall within the field of corporate governance, and mergers & acquisitions. Her research interests are mirrored in her choice of teaching interests, which include corporate finance, financial institutions, and international finance.

Industry & Academic Experience

Prior to joining Northeastern University, Professor Mkrtchyan worked as an Instructor for finance courses at Pennsylvania State University, an accounting course at the French University in Armenia, and a variety of business courses at Association of Accountants and Auditors of Armenia. Her industry experience stems from positions as a Senior Auditor at Grant Thornton in Yerevan, Armenia and an Internal Controller at the Central Bank of Armenia.

Services to the Profession

Professor Mkrtchyan has served as a discussant and session chair for the Financial Management Association, as well as work as an ad hoc referee for the Journal of Empirical Finance.

Awards & Recognition

The American Finance Association Doctoral Student Travel Grant, 2011

Nomination for Ossian R. MacKenzie Teaching Award, Pennsylvania State University, 2011

100% Edmund S. Muskie Graduate Fellowship, 2004-2006


Selected Publications

“Are busy boards detrimental?” with Laura Field and Michelle Lowry, 2013, Journal of Financial Economics 109, 63-82.

“The effect of director experience on acquisition performance,” with Laura Field, 2017, Journal of Financial Economics 123, 488-511.

“Recruiting the CEO from the board: Determinants and consequences” with Udi Hoitash, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Forthcoming.


Selected Presentations

"Are Busy Boards Detrimental?" with Laura Field and Michelle Lowry given at the Fourth Annual Conference on Corporate Governance (2011), Conference on Financial Economics and Accounting (2011), and the Financial Management Association (2010).

"The Effect of Director Expertise on Acquisition Performance" given in 2012 at the Financial Management Association Doctoral Student Consortium, Baruch College, Clemson University, Florida State University, HEC Montreal, Miami University, Northeastern University, Pennsylvania State University, University of Connecticut, and the University of Missouri.

"Director Compensation Incentives: Evidence from Acquisitions" given at the Penn State University Seminar (2012) and the Financial Management Association (2011).

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