Maria Rodas

Maria Rodas

Assistant Professor of Business Administration and Shebik Centennial Fellow

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Business Administration, Marketing, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, 2019
  • M.B.A., Graduate School of Business, Columbia University, 2007
  • A.B., Cum Laude, Economics, Harvard College, Harvard University, 2001

Positions Held

  • Assistant Professor, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, 2019-2021
  • Brand Manager, Marketing, Wm. Wrigley Jr. Co., 2009-2010
  • Brand Manager, Marketing, General Mills, 2007-2013
  • Assistant Brand Manager, Marketing, Colgate-Palmolive, 2006-2006
  • Consultant, Management Consulting, Monitor Deloitte, 2001-2005

Recent Publications

  • Chen, J., Xu, A., Rodas, M., & Liu, X. (2022). Order Matters: Rating Service Professionals Reduces Tipping Amount. Journal of Marketing.  link >
  • Rodas, M., John, D., & Torelli, C. (2021). Building brands for the emerging bicultural market: The appeal of paradox brands. Journal of Consumer Research.
  • Xu, A., Rodas, M., & Torelli, C. (2020). Generosity without Borders: The Interactive Effect of Spatial Distance and Donation Goals on Charitable Giving. Organizational Behavior and Human Decision Processes.
  • Rodas, M., & John, D. (2019). The Secrecy Effect: Secret Consumption Increases Women’s Product Evaluations and Choice. Journal of Consumer Research.

Other Publications


  • Rodas, M., Ahluwalia, R., & , N. (2018). A Path to More Enduring Happiness: Take a Detour from Specific Emotional Goals. Journal of Consumer Psychology.
  • Kaikati, A., Torelli, C., Winterich, K., & Rodas, M. (2017). Conforming Conservatives: How Salient Social Identities Can Increase Donations. Journal of Consumer Psychology.
  • Torelli, C., & Rodas, M. (2017). Tightness-Looseness: Implications for Consumer and Branding Research. Journal of Consumer Psychology.

Book Chapters

  • Torelli, ., Rodas, M., & Lahoud, P., H. van Herk and C. Torelli (Ed.) (2017). Culture and Consumer Behavior. Cross Cultural Issues in Consumer Science and Consumer Psychology: Current Perspectives and Future Directions ( pp. 46-68). Cham: Springer.
  • Torelli, C., & Rodas, M., C. V. Jansson-Boyd and M. J. Zawisza (Ed.) (2016). Globalization, Branding, and Multicultural Consumer Behavior. Routledge International Handbook of Consumer Psychology ( pp. 41-58). New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Books and Monographs

  • Torelli, C., Rodas, M., & Stoner, J. (2017). The Cultural Meaning of Brands. Foundations and Trends in Marketing ( pp. 153-214).


  • Junior Faculty Grant, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2022 to present
  • Multicultural Insights Lab, Gies College of Business, 2021-2022

Current Courses

  • Consumer Behavior (BADM 325) Studies the factors affecting customer behavior in household and organizational markets and their relevance for marketing management planning and analysis; provides an overview of explanations of consumption differences anchored in socioeconomic, demographic, cultural, and psychological processes; and surveys buyer decision-making processes and their implications for marketing strategy.

  • Brand Management (BADM 330) Brand Management is an advanced Marketing elective that addresses the key issues of brand asset management faced by firms in the 21st century. Class discussions will focus on providing theoretical tools for uncovering and understanding the associations that consumers establish with their brands, for predicting the effects of these associations on brand-related judgments and behaviors, and for devising strategies for building strong brands

  • Global Marketing (MBA 547) This course enables students to understand how globalization changes consumers at a psychological level, and provides tools for infusing brands with cultural meanings—creating iconic brands—that can resonate with global consumers. The focus is on understanding that culture exists in the mind (e.g., values and beliefs) as well as in the environment (e.g., objects, brands, and institutions), and that globalization creates multi-cultural spaces in contemporary societies. In addition, this course seeks to examine some of the ways in which people evaluate problems associated with human conduct and moral conflict. This course in business ethics and corporate responsibility seeks to bridge the gap between the moral behavior of the individual as a private citizen and the challenges afforded by organized business activity in the marketplace. 4 graduate hours. No professional credit. Credit is not given for both MBA 547 and BADM 590, Global Impact: Cultural Psychology & Business Ethics.


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