PhD Coordinator: Joseph Golec

The UConn Finance department has a wide range of faculty scholars publishing regularly in some of the top academic journals in the mainstream topics of corporate finance and asset pricing. The department is highly rated in specialty topics such as real estate and insurance.

The Ph.D. Program in Finance prepares students to conduct state-of-the-art research and to take faculty positions in business schools at leading universities. The program emphasizes: (1) student/faculty interaction; (2) flexibility in designing a program to meet individual needs; and (3) timely completion of the degree.

Research topics

  • Corporate finance
  • Asset pricing
  • Investment management
  • Macro finance
  • Financial distress
  • Behavioral finance
  • Corporate governance
  • Real options
  • Risk management
  • Financial intermediation
  • IPO’s
  • Commercial real estate
  • Real Estate market analysis
  • Capital structure
  • Mutual funds
  • Healthcare finance


Graduates have accepted faculty positions at Boise State University, Bangkok University, Concordia University, Michigan State University, Nankai University, Norwegian School of Economics, Sun Yat-sen University, Syracuse University, Texas Christian University, and Universities of Amsterdam, Georgia, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Carolina-Charlotte, Illinois-Chicago, New Mexico,  North Texas, Toledo, Utah, DePaul, Fairfield, and Hofstra.


Finance Ph.D. Faculty

Hang Bai
Associate Professor of Finance
PhD, Finance, The Ohio State University
Research Interests: asset pricing, credit risk, macro finance, and international finance

Fred Carstensen
Professor of Finance
Director, CCEA
PhD, Yale University

Resul Cesur
Associate Professor of Healthcare Economics
PhD, Georgia State University
Research Interests: health economics, labor economics, and applied microeconomics

Jeffrey Cohen
Professor of Finance
PhD, University of Maryland at College Park
Research Interests: impact of airports on commercial and residential property values, property taxation, housing price spillovers across jurisdictions, the determinants of land values, and the impacts on REITs liquidity of own- and neighboring-states’ economic variable

Assaf Eisdorfer
Professor of Finance
PhD, University of Rochester
Research Interests: corporate finance, financial distress, default

Yao Deng
Assistant Professor of Finance
PhD, University of Minnesota
Research Interests: asset pricing, behavioral finance, macro finance

Meng Gao
Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Illinois
Research Interests: financial market technology and information, political connections, informed trading, hedge funds.

Chinmoy Ghosh
Professor of Finance & Finance Department Head, Gladstein Professor of Business and Innovation
PhD, Pennsylvania State University
Research Interests: efficiency of the capital market, corporate governance, managerial decision-making, stock prices, risk management, real estate

Joseph Golec
Professor of Finance & PhD Coordinator 
PhD, Washington University, St. Louis
Research Interests: investments, financial institutions, mutual funds, corporate finance, real estate, health finance, regulation

Andrew Jing Liu
Assistant Professor
DBA, Harvard Business School

Research interests: fair value, earnings management, reporting, disclosure, market microstructure.

Jose Martinez
Associate Professor of Finance
PhD, Columbia University
Research Interests: capital markets and investments, institutional asset management, investor behavior
household finance

Shane Murphy
Assistant Professor of Healthcare Economics
PhD, Lancaster University
Research interests: measurement of health, measurement of healthcare provision, health inequality, and determinants of health.

Yiming Qian
Professor of Finance and Toscano Family Chair in Finance
PhD, NYU Stern School of Business
Research Interests: varying topics in corporate finance, including initial public offerings, mergers and acquisitions, behavioral finance, and emerging markets

Jaideep Shenoy
Associate Professor of Finance
PhD, Georgia State University
Research Interests: corporate finance, product and labor market interactions, banking competition

Ahn Tran
Assistant Professor
PhD, University of Rochester
Research Interests: empirical asset pricing, mutual funds, financial econometrics, and corporate governance

Alex Van de Minne
Assistant Professor of Real Estate
PhD, University of Amsterdam
Research Interests: commerical property asset pricing

Lingling Wang
Associate Professor of Finance
PhD, Georgia State University
Research Interests: corporate finance (especially executive compensation and corporate governance), the influence of culture on finance, and international finance.

Fan Yang
Associate Professor of Finance
PhD, University of Minnesota
Research Interests: theoretical and empirical asset pricing, macroeconomics

Xiang Zheng
Assistant Professor of Finance
PhD, Boston College
Research Interests: fintech, corporate finance, and entrepreneurial finance

Finance Quick Facts

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Length of Program

4-5 years

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Competitive Graduate Assistantships

Tuition Waiver, Stipend, Subsidized Health Insurance

Summer Fellowships


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Business PhD applications are accepted from September until the fall cohort is complete.