ACR Past President

Amna Khawaja, Walter Johnson HS

Amna Kirmani is Professor of Marketing and Director of PhD Programs at the University of Maryland's Robert H. Smith School of Business. She received her PhD from Stanford University a very long time ago, and has worked at several academic institutions, including Duke University, the University of Florida, and Southern Methodist University. She currently serves as Associate Editor at the Journal of Marketing and at the Journal of Consumer Psychology, and is on the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Consumer Research, the Journal of Marketing Research, and the Journal of Interactive Marketing.

Amna's research interests focus on persuasion knowledge, consumer signaling, online word of mouth, and branding. Her papers on consumer signaling have won the Harold H. Maynard Award at the Journal of Marketing and the Best Paper Award at the Journal of Advertising. Her work on branding has won the Paul Green Award at the Journal of Marketing Research. Her work on persuasion knowledge hasn't won anything, but she likes it the best.

Besides conducting research, Amna's passion is mentoring doctoral students. She has been involved in the PhD program since joining the University of Maryland in 2006, first as Co-director of the marketing PhD program and now as Director of all PhD programs at the Smith School. She recently graduated two students, and chairs or serves as a member of several doctoral committees.

Amna has been an ACR member since 1986. She has contributed to the organization in various capacities, including co-chairing the Doctoral Symposium in 2012 and the Working Paper Track in 2008, serving as Senior Associate Editor in 2011and  Associate Editor in 2009, and being a member of numerous Program Committees. She strongly believes in the mission of ACR as a collaboration of academics, industry and government, and is interested in upholding the integrity of the organization as well as the field of consumer research.

Phone: 3014685820


Position’s Duties and Responsibilities

 The Past President participates in and votes on all matters put to the ACR Board of Directors, chairs the Nominations Committee for members of the ACR Board of Directors, appoints two or more members to serve on the Nominations Committee, and serves as a member of the Sheth Long-Term Contribution award (awarded every three years, 2008, 2011, etc.). At the North American Conference, the Past-President attends the Board of Directors Meeting,introduces the President, and presents the Presidential Plaque at the ACR Conference.