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“I was researching issues in international business for a few years, but it was really adopting Sophie (that drew my interest in China). We went over in 2005, so I spent a lot of time—a couple of years before—reading about China’s history. That was really when trade was opening up so I started looking at trade-related issues. After I went there in 2005 I started writing more about those issues. Being there and having a sense of place really sparked my interest. I’ve taken MBA students over three times since then.”

—Marisa Pagnattaro, on finding her passion studying international trade issues, particularly in China, after adopting a baby girl from China.

Marisa Pagnattaro Professor of legal studies, Terry College of Business

B.A., English with education minor, Colgate University, Hamilton, N.Y. J.D., New York Law School, Manhattan, N.Y. Ph.D., English, University of Georgia

Josiah Meigs Distinguished Teaching Professorship, 2013 Outstanding Teaching Faculty Award, 2013, 2012, 2007, 2005, 2002 Editor-in-Chief, American Business Law Journal, 2013-14

Photo of Sophie Beasley and Pagnattaro shot at their home by Peter Frey and Dot Paul.