Meet our Graduate Students
Lida Aflatoony is a doctoral student in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management (TAM) at the University of Missouri. She completed her MS degree in Design for the Fashion System from the Polytechnic University of Milan and worked for 5 years in positions including product management, global sourcing, pattern making, aesthetic consulting and design. She has collaborated with several apparel companies in Milan such as Atelier Versace, Roberto Cavalli, Rosamosario, Vaprio Stile Srl, and Crochette di Milano. Lida’s research interests include design innovation, user participatory design solutions, sustainable product development, sizing, digital apparel design and fashion technology in apparel production. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Shuyi Huang is a doctoral student in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management (TAM) at the University of Missouri. Her research interests include sustainability development in the global supply chain, education for sustainability, and consumer behavior. She received her Bachelor and Masters degree in Apparel, Textiles, and Interior Design from Kansas State University. During her Masters program, Shuyi had been co-teaching in the Global Supply Chain Management and Professional Development classes. Previously, Shuyi also worked as a Human Resource Manager in China before pursuing further education in the United States. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Joohye Hwang is a doctoral student in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri and the recipient of Piper Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship. She received her Master’s Degree in Apparel Design and Merchandising with distinction at California State University, Northridge, and was honored with the 2019 CA-AFCS scholarship. Previously, she worked as a merchandiser for six years at a duty-free retail company in South Korea. Her experience includes buying and sourcing a variety of brands and products and participating in SIHH and Baselworld duty-free fairs. As a professional, she desires to contribute to building a framework to explain fashion consumer behavior and provide practical knowledge to the fashion industry. Her research interests include the influence of omnichannel/multichannel shopping environment and social network platform-driven communication/interaction on consumers in the global fashion industry. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Halimat "Hali" Ipaye is a doctoral student in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri as well as a McNair Scholar. She completed her Master’s Degree in Design at the University of Missouri where her thesis focused on the clothing fit and consumption experiences of plus-size women. She has worked in marketing, digital design, and academic fundraising. She was also a Lecturer at Ohio University in Retail Merchandising and Fashion Product Development where she enjoyed teaching by engaging students in their community and hands on application. Her research interests are marginalized populations in fashion, adaptable and sustainable design, and design thinking as a problem-solving approach. When she is not teaching and researching, Hali enjoys vegetarian cooking, film, and repurposing clothing and furniture. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eunmi Lee is a doctoral student whose research interests include sustainability and social responsibility in softgoods industry, especially on labor issues. She completed her MS degree and graduate certificate course in Socially Responsible and Sustainable Apparel at the University of Delaware. Before starting with graduate studies in the U.S., she has worked in the field of Fair Trade as a general manger and the career motivated her to study further about sustainability in textile and apparel industry. Eunmi also worked as a marketing manager for a public enterprise in South Korea. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Nicolette Leiby is a MS student in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri. She has a long tenure as a retail professional with both soft and hard goods product categories with companies such as the former May Company Department Stores and Payless ShoeSource, as well as Hallmark Cards, Inc. Her experience includes buying, planning, product development, product procurement, visual merchandising and marketing. Most recently, Nicolette was Retail Merchandise Director at Hallmark Cards, Inc. During her tenure at Hallmark, she developed an expertise as a retail merchant, change advocate and strategic leader. Her passion for driving retail harmonization and elevated customer experiences inspired her to join the TAM graduate program, with the ultimate goal leading to contributing to the future of retail through research and education. Nicolette received her undergraduate degree in Marketing of Textiles and Apparel from the University of Illinois. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Muzhen Li is a doctoral student in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri. She is the recipient of Piper Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship. She received her bachelor’s degree from Zhejiang University in Bioengineering. And then she completed her dual Master degrees from University of Missouri in Chemical Engineering and Statistics. With multiple backgrounds, her research interests include social informatics, data science and global supply chain management. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Ashten Lorts is a master’s student in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri. She received her bachelor’s degree in Apparel Merchandising and Product Development from the University of Arkansas in May of 2020. Ashten is still exploring new research topics, but she is highly interested in sourcing and consumer behavior. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Anna Moritz is a master’s student in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management (TAM) at the University of Missouri. She received her bachelor’s degree in Retail Marketing and Merchandising from the University of Missouri in May of 2019. Her research interests include sustainability in apparel design and production, design innovation, and adaptive apparel design. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Md. Rafiqul Islam Rana is a doctoral student in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri as well as the recipient of Piper Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship. He completed his Master’s Degree from the current program where his thesis was focused on the buyer-supplier relationships in the global textile and apparel supply chain setting. He was the ITAA Oriss Glisson Fellowship: Outstanding Beginning Masters Students award recipient in 2016. His current research areas include global sourcing & supply chain strategies, organizational dynamics within the textile and apparel industries. He obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Textile Technology from Ahsanullah University of Science & Technology, Bangladesh. Before joining Mizzou, he has worked as a Merchandiser and Supply Chain Executive in Bangladesh for three years. Rana is a bigtime football and movie enthusiast. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Cydni M. Robertson is a doctoral student in the Department of Textile and Apparel Management (TAM) at the University of Missouri. She completed her Master’s Degree in Public Leadership at The University of North Texas at Dallas, focusing her studies in non-profit organizational management, grant writing, public program evaluation and data-driven community needs assessments. Professionally, Cydni has worked in retail sales team management for three years and digital marketing/analytics for two years prior to pursuing her doctoral degree. Her research interests include improving women’s empowerment initiatives in the global textile and apparel supply chain through public policy analysis. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Recent Graduates of TAM Graduate Program
Baolu Wang, PhD '19. He received his PhD from the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri. He is a recipient of the Adeline Hoffman Fellowship and ITAA Marjorie 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 is a lecturer at Beijing Institute of Fashion Technology in China. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Abby Romine, MA '19. She received her MA from the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri. After serving with the United States Army, she received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri in Interior Design. Before starting with graduate studies, she worked as a residential interior designer for five years, then decided to expand her design interests to the apparel industry. Her research interests include: textile and apparel production, emphasizing in design for body type and fashion/interior design inspired by cinema. She is an Associate Technical Designer at Fanatics. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Max Duroseau, MS '19. She received his MS from the Department of Textile and Apparel Management (TAM) at the University of Missouri. He holds a BS in Retail, Merchandising, and Product Development from The Florida State University, where he became impressed with the study of global sourcing as well as themes which include achieving the triple bottom line. His current research interests include: corporate social responsibility and aiding developing economies through apparel supply chain management. Max has held various positions within retail ranging from sales to retail planning before choosing to pursue higher education. As a professional, he aspires to have a lasting impact on developing countries through research and innovation within the apparel and textile industry. In his free time, Max enjoys watching films and practicing photography as a creative hobby. Max was born and raised in Miami, FL and is of Haitian descent. He currently teaches English in China. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dipali Modi, MS '18. She received her MS from the Department of Textile and Apparel Management at University of Missouri in 2018. 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 is currently a buyer for the Linen Club at Aditya Birla Group in India. She can be reached at email@example.com.
Angela Uriyo, PhD '18. Her 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. She is currently a visiting assistant professor at West Virginia University.
Rachel LoMonaco-Benzing, PhD '18. She received her MS from the University of Rhode Island and worked 4 years in product management and customer service for the sustainable consumer products B-Corp, Preserve. She was also an instructor at the University of Rhode Island prior to her doctoral studies. Her research interests include collaborative economic development opportunities for independent retailers and producers, cultural motives for sustainability, and sustainability education. She is currently a non-tenure assistant professor at Kent State University, where she teaches textile and apparel analysis courses.
Sunhyung Cho, MS, '17. She is the recipient of the Adeline Hoffman Fellowship at MU. 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 is currently pursuing a doctoral degree at Iowa State University.
Saheli Goswami, PhD, '17. Her 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 is currently an assistant professor at the University of Rhode Island.
Gretta Hempelmann, MA '17. She researches history of fashion and fashion design. She received her BS from West Virginia University in Fashion design and merchandising.
Geetika Jaiswal, PhD '17. She is the recipient of Piper Distinguished Doctoral Fellowship at MU. 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 an assistant professor (tenure track) at North Carolina A&T State University.
Deepika Raj, PhD '17. Her research interests include interdisciplinary collaboration and innovation for product development and merchandising related to wearable technology, 3D printing, 3D scanning, and virtual reality. 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 is currently a user experience researcher at Microsfot in Seattle, Washington.
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.
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 was a research assistant professor at Hong Kong Polytechnic University, and now an associate professor at Texas Tech University.
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.
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 is a compliance specialist at Design Resources, Inc. in Kansas City.
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.
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 Fashion Buyer at Future Lifestyle Fashion Limited, India's leading retail conglomerate.
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 PhD student at the University of Minnesota.
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.
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, 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 an Assistant Professor at the University of Missouri.
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 associate professor at Kent State University.
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, 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.