ACR Academic-Industry Director

Barbara Kahn, The Wharton School, UPENN

Barbara E. Kahn is Patty and Jay H. Baker Professor of Marketing at The Wharton School at University of Pennsylvania. She served as Director of the Jay H. Baker Retailing Center and as Executive Director of Marketing Science Institute (MSI). Barbara also served as the Dean and Schein Professor of Marketing at the School of Business Administration, University of Miami and as the Vice Dean of the Wharton undergraduate program.

Barbara is an internationally recognized scholar on retailing, variety-seeking, brand loyalty, product assortment and design, and consumer and patient decision-making. She has published more than 75 articles in leading academic journals. She is the author of Global Brand Power: Leveraging Branding for Long-Term Growth and The Shopping Revolution (revised and updated): How Retailers Succeed in an Era of Endless Disruption Accelerated by Covid-19, and coauthor of Grocery Revolution: The New Focus on the Consumer. She has been featured in CNN, CNBC, Forbes, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, NPR, Vox, Politico, and the Hidden Brain Podcast.

Barbara has been elected president of both Association for Consumer Research (ACR) and Journal of Consumer Research Policy Board and selected as an MSI trustee. She was associate editor at Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing, and Marketing Science and has served on the editorial boards of all major marketing journals. She was elected as a Fellow for both ACR and Society for Consumer Psychology (SCP).

Barbara received her PhD, MBA, and MPhil from Columbia University, and her BA from University of Rochester.

Expertise Codes
  • Branding
  • Preference and Choice
  • Judgment and Decision Making

Position’s Duties and Responsibilities

Academic-Industry Director participates in and votes on all matters put to the ACR Board of Directors and attends the annual Board of Directors Meeting held at the North American conference. The Academic-Industry Director is responsible for representing the academic-industry perspective on the Board. Responsibilities include voting, budgets, recommendations to the Board, and evaluating grants and donations.

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