Meet our Graduate Students

Sunhyung Cho

Sunhyung Cho a doctoral student at TAM and the recipient of the Adeline Hoffman Fellowship. She received her MS in Clothing and Textile Studies from Seoul National University in Korea. Her research interests include sustainability in fashion design and socio-cultural issues related to clothing. She can be reached at

Saheli Goswami

Saheli Goswami is a doctoral student in the department of Textile and Apparel Management (TAM) at the University of Missouri. Her current research interests include corporate behaviors and responsibilities, organizational ethics, and employee relations within the global apparel supply chain. Saheli completed her MS degree from the current program and her bachelor’s degree from the National Institute of Fashion Technology, India. She worked for three years as a Merchandiser in the leather and apparel industry in India for clients such as Li & Fung, Next, House of Fraser, and Marks & Spencer. She serves as the elected President of the Graduate Student Association in the program and can be reached at

Gretta Hempelmann

Gretta Hempelmann is a graduate student studying history of fashion and fashion design. She received her BS from West Virginia University in Fashion design and merchandising. She can be reached at

Geetika Jaiswal

Geetika Jaiswal is a doctoral student at TAM and the recipient of Piper Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship. Her research interests include sustainable practices within the apparel global supply chain, textile/apparel policies and its impact. She received her Master’s degree in Clothing & Textiles from Pantnagar, India, and worked as a Lecturer in India and Taiwan. She is currently teaching a course on Apparel Production. She can be reached at

Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing

Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing is a doctoral student who received her MS from the University of Rhode Island. For her Master’s thesis, Rachel focused on the vital role of sustainability topics within textile and apparel education and how to encourage sustainable attitudes and behaviors in individuals. She worked for 4 years in product management and customer service at Preserve, a sustainable home products company with innovative recycling systems. She was also an instructor in textiles at the University of Rhode Island for 4 years. Her research interests include cultural motives for sustainability, sustainability education, and collaborative relationships between local retailers, producers, and consumers. She can be reached at

Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing

Dipali Modi is a Graduate Student in the department of Textile and Apparel Management at University of Missouri. She has a bachelor’s degree from National Institute of Fashion Technology, India. Before starting with graduate studies, she has worked as Merchandiser in Indian apparel industry for four years. Her research interest includes Retail Planning strategies, Multi-channel retailing, consumer behavior, Branding and Promotions. She can be reached at

Deepika Raj

Deepika Raj is a doctoral candidate in the department of Textile and Apparel Managemet at University of Missouri, Columbia. She is researching on the intersection of fashion and technology. Her research interests include inter-disciplinary collaboration and innovation for product development and merchandising related to wearable technology, 3D printing, 3D scanning, and virtual reality. She also researches on lean and sustainability issues in the apparel supply chain. Deepika has a bachelor’s degree from National Institute of Fashion Technology, India and MS degree from Illinois State University. She has work experience from different parts of apparel supply chain starting from textile mills to buying houses. She can be reached at

Md. Rafiqul Islam Rana

Md. Rafiqul Islam Rana is a graduate student in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri and the recepient of the ITAA Oriss Glisson Fellowship: Outstanding Beginning Masters Students award in 2016. His research interests include global sourcing & supply chain strategies, organizational dynamics within the apparel industries. He completed a B.Sc in Textile Technology from Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh. Before joining Mizzou, he have worked as a Merchandiser and Supply Chain Executive in Bangladesh for two and a half years. He can be reached at

Angela Uriyo

Angela Uriyo is a doctoral student whose research interests include global supply chain management, international trade policy, and the use of technology in measuring the socioeconomic impact of recycled softgoods. Prior to pursuing a PhD, she was college instructor and freelance technical designer. Angela can be reached at

Baolu Wang

Baolu Wang is a doctoral student in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri. He is a recipient of the Adeline Hoffman Fellowship and ITAA Majorie Joseph Fellowship. He received his MS in Fashion Design and Engineering from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology in China in 2012 and then worked as a lecturer in this university for 4 years. His research interests include global supply chain management and fashion sustainability. He can be reached at

Recent Graduates of TAM Graduate Program

Debanjan Das

Debanjan Das, PhD ’16. He is the recipient of TAM Outstanding Graduate Student award. His research program investigates how the labor force participation of married women in the Indian apparel manufacturing industry impacts family development and women empowerment. His areas of research include labor economics, international trade policies and organizational structure analysis. Debanjan has two years’ work experience in Indian apparel industry, working for clients such as Diesel, Calvin Klein, Timberland, Tommy Hilfiger and Tom Tailor. He is an assistant professor at West Virginia University. He can be reached at

Stacy Lee

Stacy Lee, PhD ’16. She has research interests in sustainability, global supply chain management, and sourcing strategies. Approaching from consumer’s perspective, her previous research measures impacts of consumer’s value and attitude on sustainability lifestyle. Realizing an important role of global supply chain, Stacy's passion of research expands to global supply chains in textile and apparel industry. She is a research assistant professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University. She can be reached at

Sandra Starkey

Sandra Starkey, PhD ’16. Her research interests include apparel design using an inclusive design framework to meet a variety of unique needs. Sandra has experience as a small business owner and visual merchandising manager. She is an assistant professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and is teaching courses in product development and apparel design. She can be contacted at

Katherine Brewster

Katherine Brewster, MS ’15. She received her BS in Apparel Studies from the University of Arkansas. Her research interests include sustainability in textiles and bridging the gap between product developers and engineers to help create more sustainable systems and products. She can be reached at

Jenna Bubna

Jenna Bubna, MS ’16. She received her BS in Fashion Merchandising from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. Her research interests include environmental sustainability in textile and apparel disposal and fair trade production. She is currently a Merchandise Distribution Analyst at Payless ShoeSource. She can be reached at

Amritaksha Duttagupta

Amritaksha Duttagupta, MS ’16. During his tenure at Mizzou, he held key positions at the Graduate Professional Council, and the International Students’ Council. He is a gold medalist from National Institute of Fashion Technology, India where he earned his Bachelor’s degree. He is currently a Buyer at Future Group, India’s leading retail conglomerate. His research interests are in global and omni-channel retailing. He can be reached at

Tahmidul Islam Molla

Md. Tahmidul Islam Molla, MS ’16. His research interests include global apparel supply chain management and sourcing strategies. He completed his MBA from Institute of Business Administration, Jahangirnagar University, Bangladesh and his bachelors in Textile Technology from Bangladesh University of Textiles. Before coming to Mizzou, he worked as a Lecturer in Green University of Bangladesh for two and half years. He is currently a Ph.D. student at the University of Minnesota. He can be reached at

Lushan Sun

Lushan (Sarina) Sun, PhD '15, previously received BS '12 and MS '09 degrees in apparel design and have been recognized through ITAA awards for her design scholarship. She currently works as an Assistant Professor at Auburn University. Her research background includes sustainable design, traditional and digital textile surface design and has developed focus in CAD based design incorporating emerging digital technology including 3D printing and 3D body scanning in the apparel product design and development process.

Halimat Ipaye

Halimat (Hali) Ipaye, MS ‘15, is a McNair Scholar from the Northwest currently stimulating minds as a Lecturer at Ohio University in the Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development department. She completed her BA in Marketing from Westminster College in Salt Lake City, UT. She recently graduated from the University of Missouri with a Master’s degree in Textile and Apparel Management. Her research interests are adaptable and sustainable design as well as marginalized populations in fashion—particularly plus size women. Hali’s experiences and love of love of traveling has given her diverse perspectives. When she is not teaching and researching, Hali enjoys vegetarian cooking, lame jokes and repurposing clothing and furniture.

Laura McAndrews

Laura McAndrews PhD '15, MS '12. While achieving her graduate degrees from the University of Missouri under the guidance of Dr. Ha-Brookshire, Laura's research focused on the people working within the Global Apparel Supply Chain who create dynamic work environments. More recently, she has started to research inclusive design for people living with disabilities. Before returning to academia, Laura worked for nine years in the apparel industry in New York and Philadelphia for companies such as Ralph Lauren, Gap Inc, and Urban Outfitters. Currently, Laura is an Assistant Professor at the University of Georgia.

Li Zhao

Li Zhao PhD ’15. Her research interests fall within the area of founders’ leadership on apparel new venture performance in the global context, firm longevity in hyper-dynamic market environment of textiles and apparel. She also studies the brand credibility and brand image related to sustainability efforts. She completed her masters and bachelors from Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology, China. She has been worked for Dior, Wilkinson group as a marketing assistant, sales manager in China for two years. She is currently a lecturer at Indiana University Bloomington.

Gargi Bhaduri

Gargi Bhaduri, PhD '14, MS '11. Her research interests include sustainable supply chain issues, brand communications related to sustainable practices and information processing. She teaches Softgoods Retailing and has served as Graduate Student Liaison for ITAA. She is currently an assistant professor at Kent State University.

Allie Sue Grotts

Allie Sue Grotts, PhD '14. Allie is currently an Instructor of Fashion Merchandising at Southeast Missouri State University in the College of Human Environmental Sciences. In her role at SEMO, she serves as the Practicum Coordinator for Fashion Merchandising majors, which includes the responsibility for all planning, inventory, buying, merchandising, and selling in SEMO's live learning lab: Catapult Creative House. She is also a member of the Board of Directors for Catapult Creative House. Allie earned her Master of Science from Illinois State University in 2011, Bachelor of Science from Eastern Illinois University in 2009 and has worked for GAP and Von Maur.

Katie Baker Jones

Katie Baker Jones, PhD ’14, BS ’05. After earning her PhD at Mizzou, she was selected as a MU Graduate School PFF Postdoctoral Fellow for 2014-2015. This enabled her to teach across the curriculum in TAM, the Honors College, and the Journalism school. She is currently an Assistant Professor at West Virginia University. Her research and teaching interests center on the use of fashion and dress for meaning-making in everyday life. Additionally, she explores the role of media as a vital contributor to meaning construction in the industry.