2024 Distinguished Associate Professors

The Provost Office is pleased to announce the 2024 Distinguished Associate Professors:

Francesco D’Acunto is Associate Professor in the McDonough School of Business, in the Finance Area.  He has a PhD in Business Administration with a concentration in Finance from the University of California at Berkeley.  He held faculty positions at the University of Maryland at College Park and Boston College before joining Georgetown as Associate Professor in 2022.

Dr. D’Acunto’s research bridges finance and economics, with a focus on how biases and beliefs of consumers and firms shape financial decision making, and how private (e.g., robo-advising) and public (e.g., economic policy) interventions can manage those biases and beliefs. He investigates the role of the financial sector in fostering sustainable economic growth as well as growing inequalities.  Dr. D’Acunto’s work is published in the leading journals in Finance and Economics, as well as general audience journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.  His articles have been recognized with multiple best paper awards, most recently as Editor’s Choice, Review of Financial Studies, 2022. He currently holds two grants from the National Science Foundation, and an award from the Alfred Sloan Foundation.  He was elected Research Fellow by the Center for Economic Policy. Dr. D’Acunto serves as Associate Editor for the Journal of Banking and Finance.

Dr. D’Acunto teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on Finance and Private Equity and for the Master of Science in Global Real Assets.

Ian Bourland is Associate Professor in the Department of Art & Art History in the College of Arts & Sciences.  He holds a PhD in History of Art from the University of Chicago and served on the faculty at the Maryland Institute College of Art before joining Georgetown as an Associate Professor in 2018.

Dr. Bourland’s area of scholarship is contemporary art history and criticism focusing on postwar African diaspora in multiple cultural strategies such as photography, film, music, and news media.  His 2019 monograph on Rotimi Fani-Kayode, a renowned black artist who studied at Georgetown in the 1970s, Bloodflowers by Duke University Press, a finalist for a Lamba Literary Award, is considered pathbreaking for its focus on culture practice of Black Africa and its diasporas and lens-based media.  He also published 33 1/3Massive Attack: Blue Lines by Bloomsbury in 2019 and an edited book FAILE: Works on Wood by Gestalten.  His forthcoming book, Black/Gold merges histories of abstraction and theories of the Anthropocene, draws from Black and diaspora studies to retheorize western aesthetic traditions through colonial encounters regarding gold mining.  Dr. Bourland is prolific in publishing in refereed journals as well as non-refereed outlets such as museum catalogues and trade periodicals such as Artforum and Frieze. Dr. Bourland is the recipient of the 2020 American Academy of Rome Visiting Fellowship and a 2018 Mellon Foundation grant.

Dr. Bourland teaches undergraduate courses in Black Atlantic art, diaspora studies, and Critical Theory for Visual Art.  He serves as Director for Undergraduate Studies for his department.

Marko Klasnja is Associate Professor in the Walsh School of Foreign Service and the Department of Government in the College of Arts & Sciences.  He holds a PhD in Political Science from New York University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Princeton University before joining Georgetown as Assistant Professor in 2015.

Dr. Klasnja works in the area of political economy, with a focus on democratic accountability and the inequalities in political representation.  He uses quantitative methods to study the effects of political corruption on democratic advancement and the political impacts of income inequality, such as the causes and consequences of politician’s wealth and political attitudes of wealthy individuals.  He publishes in top journals in political sciences and economics, having garnered numerous awards including Best Paper awards in 2018 and 2021 from the American Political Science Association, the 2019 Elsie Hillman Prize from the Pennsylvania Center for Women and Politics and the Carrie Chapman Catt Prize for Research on Women and Politics. He currently holds two grants from the National Science Foundation, and an award from the Global Integrity-Anticorruption Research Programme.  Dr. Klasnja serves on the editorial board of Journal of Politics and was a Guest Editor of the 2021 special issue of Data & Policy on Data Analytics for Anticorruption in Public Administration.

Dr. Klasnja teaches undergraduate on International Political Economy and graduate courses on quantitative methods and econometrics and is sought after as a Capstone advisor and doctoral dissertation committee member.

Eva Rosen is Associate Professor in the McCourt School of Public Policy and also affiliated withthe Department of Sociology in the College of Arts & Sciences. She holds a PhD in Sociology and
Social Policy from Harvard University and has completed post-doctoral fellowships at Harvard University and Johns Hopkins University, before joining Georgetown as Assistant Professor in 2017.

Dr. Rosen’s research examines the creation, experience, and persistence of urban poverty. In particular, she focuses on housing policy and racial segregation, with the use of mixed methods including ethnographic, qualitative, quantitative, and geographic mapping data contributions have been recognized beyond Sociology, for their policy impact, winning a prestigious early career award, the 40 for 40 Fellowship from the Association for Public Policy Analysis and Management. Her 2020 sole authored book, Voucher Promise, won multiple book awards, including the 2021 Paul Davidoff Award from the Association of Collegiate Schools of Planning and the 2022 Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility Outstanding Book Award from the American Sociological Association. She has a 2023 co-edited volume, The Sociology of Housing: How Homes Shape Our Social Lives, University of Chicago Press, and a forthcoming book with Princeton University Press. Dr. Rosen was awarded a fellowship by the Russell Sage Foundation last year. Her prolific scholarship extends to journal articles as well, with her 2021 article
counted as among the most cited in three years by the American Sociological Review. She
serves on numerous local and national advisory boards relevant to housing policy.

Dr. Rosen teaches courses on public policy and qualitative methods and mentors capstone and
thesis projects at the McCourt School.