Joseph A. Ismail, PhD

Joseph Ismail

Associate Professor

Game Changer

Dr. Ismail began teaching at Purdue in 1997 and has been working in the hotel and tourism management business since he was just 15. He’s published a number of reports to professional organizations and journal articles regarding taxation in the lodging industry as well as employee theft and performance.


Dr. Ismail has been teaching at Purdue since 1997, calling upon his long career in the restaurant industry. At the young age of 15, Dr. Ismail helped open the 47th and 49th Domino’s Pizza Worldwide. He moved on to Continental Restaurant Systems, an upscale beef and seafood chain, through a series of positions. He started as a simple line cook. He then opened a new restaurant as a kitchen trainer, then retrained kitchen crews around the Midwest. After receiving a BS in Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional and Tourism Management, (RHIT) from Purdue University, Ismail advanced his career to General Manager of a high volume restaurant and bar in the Chicago Suburbs. After receiving his MS in HTM, he took a job with Adams Mark Hotel in Charlotte, NC as a Food and Beverage Director. A year later he returned to Purdue for a PhD, studying consumer behavior and economics while assisting with the first national study on lodging taxation. After he finished his dissertation on the impacts of policy and political factors on the US lodging industry, Ismail accepted a position at Penn State University. Four years later, Ismail returned to Purdue to teach the capstone foodservice management course.


  • PhD Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional, and Tourism Management, Purdue University
  • MS Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional, and Tourism Management, Purdue University
  • BS Restaurant, Hotel, Institutional, and Tourism Management, Purdue University

Research Interests

  • Risk and return in varying segments of the lodging industry
  • Econometric modeling of the lodging industry
  • Evaluation, effectiveness and design of web sites being used by hotel companies

Full Profile

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