Department Administration


Richard R. Mendenhall

William and Cassie Daley Professor and Department Chair
Contact: (574) 631-6076 or

Rick Mendenhall studies the role of public information in setting stock prices. For example, he has studied the impact on stock prices of earnings announcements, securities analysts’ forecasts, and firms being added to or deleted from the S&P 500 Index. His studies have been featured and discussed in many media outlets such as the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, Business Week, Forbes, CNN Headline News, and National Public Radio. In addition to his research, he remains current by maintaining professional contacts primarily with money managers and consultants. Mendenhall graduated from United States Naval Academy and served as an officer in the navy for five years. During that time he graduated from the Naval Nuclear Power School and served aboard a nuclear submarine. He later earned MBA and PhD degrees in finance from Indiana University. He has been a visiting faculty member at Indiana University and New York University.



James Leady

Assistant Department Chair and Assistant Teaching Professor
Contact: (574) 631-5540 or

Jim Leady brings expertise in the areas of agent-based simulations and experimental economics to the economics courses he teaches to both undergraduate and graduate students. He advises the undergraduate Finance Club and mentors through programs at Notre Dame and South Bend schools. He also serves as Question Leader and exam developer for the College Board’s Advanced Placement (AP) Microeconomics examination.

Prior to joining Mendoza in 2006, Leady taught courses in public finance, labor economics, game theory, intermediate microeconomics, and principles of economics at Centre College in Danville, KY and at Washtenaw Community College in Ann Arbor, MI. Leady earned a PhD in Economics at the University of Michigan as well as an MA in Economics and a Certificate of Graduate Studies in Complex Systems. He graduated with a BS in Economics from West Point.

Major Leady continues to serve in the US Army Reserve as the commander of the 690th Quartermaster Petroleum Liaison Team. His most recent deployment was to Kuwait in 2015-2016.



Marlene Wasikowski

Administrative Assistant
Contact: (574) 631-6370 or