Ilana Shanks


Ilana Shanks, Stony Brook University, has passed away

POSTING TYPE: Obituaries

Author: Martin Mende

Dr. Ilana Shanks

Dr. Ilana Shanks

Dear Marketing Friends, Family, and Community,

It is with very heavy and broken hearts that we inform you that Ilana Shanks passed away due to complications with chronic asthma.

Ilana earned her Ph.D. in Marketing from Florida State University in 2019, advised by Maura Scott and Martin Mende. After completing her doctoral program, Lana accepted a position as an Assistant Professor of Marketing at Stony Brook University, N.Y.

Ilana was an exceptionally bright, friendly, hard-working, and highly professional scholar as well as an all-around lovely person who conducted exciting research at the intersection of technology, consumer behavior, and marketing and society. Ilana has published her research in prestigious scholarly journals, including the Journal of Marketing Research, Journal of Consumer Affairs, and Journal of Purchasing and Supply Management.

Above and beyond her stellar professional achievements, most importantly, Ilana was a beloved scholar, teacher, colleague, and friend to everyone who had the pleasure of working with her, being taught by her, or simply having met her. Lana was not only our student but was also a dear friend; she will remain in our hearts and will be dearly missed.

1) Memorial fund in Ilana’s name: As a tribute to our dear Lana, The PhD Project and Ilana’s family have established a memorial fund in Ilana’s name, and you can make a secure donation via this link on The PhD Project website (–> please select “Dr. Ilana Shanks Memorial Fund” under the Apply My Donation Towards option) Ilana’s family and The PhD Project will work together to determine how to best use these funds to honor her legacy.

Contributions of any amount are greatly appreciated. In addition to the online link above, checks or money orders can also be sent to the following address:

The PhD Project
c/o Dr. Ilana Shanks Memorial Fund
3 Chestnut Ridge Road
Montvale, NJ  07645

2) Services celebrating Ilana’s life will be live-streamed. These are the details:

Friday, May 21st, 2021
Viewing: 10:00 – 11:25 am ET
Service: 11:30 am ET
Live Stream Link:

Location: McCall’s Bronxwood Funeral Home,
4035 Bronxwood Ave, Bronx, NY 10466

From the bottom of our hearts: Thank you!

The Family of Dr. llana Shanks,

Maura Scott & Martin Mende,

and all her many friends at Florida State University, Stony Brook University, The PhD Project, and the Marketing community.