Journal of Consumer Affairs Editorial Team

The American Council on Consumer Interests is pleased to announce the 2024 Journal of Consumer Affairs Editorial Team. We thank the previous Executive Editor, Brenda J. Cude, Professor Emeritus, Department of Financial Planning, Housing and Consumer Economics, University of Georgia for her contributions to the journal and support of ACCI, as well as Senior Editors Dr. Lucie Ozanne, University of Canterbury in Christchurch, New Zealand, and Dee Warmath, University of Georgia, and our outgoing Associate Editors Luisa Blanco and Justine Rapp Farrell.

The 2024 Editorial Team is:

Rui Yao, Editor

Dr. Yao is Professor, Division of Applied Social Sciences, University of Missouri. She is a Past President of ACCI, served on the Board of Directors, and has been a proud member of the organization throughout her academic career. She is dedicated to promoting ACCI’s Mission and Vision. Her interdisciplinary research publications provide implications for stakeholders interested in consumer interests. She has also served as a member of JCA's Editorial Review Board.

Piotr Bialowolski, Associate Editor

Dr. Bialowolski specializes in applied economics and quantitative methods for applied research in the areas of household financial behaviors and well-being. He is currently economics professor at Kozminski University (Poland). Previously he worked at Harvard University (US) and the University of Turin (Italy). His research interests and publications focus on the following research topics: (1) application of micro-level data for the impact evaluation of financial and social behavior on well-being and health, (2) financial well-being, (3) market and consumer segmentations, (4) survey design, biases and forecasting with survey data.

Yunhee Chang, Associate Editor

Dr. Chang is Professor of Nutrition and Hospitality Management at the University of Mississippi. She has been an active member of ACCI since 2003 and has served on numerous committees for the organization. Her research focuses on the effects of poverty and financial exclusion on the nutrition and health of individuals and families.

Marlene Haupt, Associate Editor

Dr. Haupt is Professor of Economics and Social Policy at the RWU, Ravensburg-Weingarten University (Germany). She has been a member of ACCI for over ten years and has served the organization as an International Committee Member and Chair. She has published on comparative social policy, pension systems, and financial literacy. Dr. Haupt was recently a visiting researcher at the University of Georgia in the US and at the University of Rome Tor Vergata in Italy.

  Sommer Kapitan, Association Editor

Dr. Kapitan is an associate professor of marketing at Auckland University of Technology, where she has made her academic and research home since 2015. Sommer is an experimental researcher and consumer psychologist by training. Her research platform in equal parts behavioural scientist, marketing educator, and consumer advocate. She is an academic expert on brand activism, sustainable consumption, and the factors influencing successful delivery of social sustainability capital for organizations, serving as past Editorial Review Board member for JCA and likewise serving the ERB at Industrial Marketing Management. Sommer is part of the JCA editorial team because consumer advocacy is how she leads and defines her contribution as a scholar.

Lucie Ozanne, Associate Editor

Dr. Ozanne is Professor of Marketing, in the Department of Management, Marketing and Tourism, at the University of Canterbury, in Christchurch, New Zealand. She has been an Associate Editor of JCA and a member of the journal’s Editorial Review Board. She has published widely and is a respected consumer advocate in the areas of transformative consumer research and marketing and public policy.

Tae-Young Pak, Associate Editor

Dr. Pak is an associate professor of Consumer Science and a faculty affiliate of the Convergence Program for Social Innovation at Sungkyunkwan University. His research focuses on issues related to health and behavioral economics, especially in the areas of healthcare access, health-wealth accumulation, and decision-making under mental illness. He has published in leading journals in consumer science and has served on the Editorial Review Board of JCA.

Chuanyi Tang, Associate Editor

Dr. Tang is Associate Professor of Marketing, Strome College of Business, Old Dominion University. He is a member of ACCI and has served on JCA’s Editorial Review Board. Dr. Tang is also a member of the Editorial Review Board of the Journal of Business Research and the Journal of Advertising Research. His research interests include consumer well-being, services marketing, and consumer online communication. His research has appeared in the Journal of Consumer Affairs, Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science, Journal of Retailing, Journal of Service Research, Journal of Public Policy & Marketing, and others.


The Journal of Consumer Affairs Editorial Review Board members are critical to the success of the journal. You will find a list of those member here.

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