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FBE Ph.D. Students

The USC Marshall Department of Finance and Business Economics offers a PhD. Program in Finance that gives candidates a rigorous training in fields ranging from portfolio theory to behavioral finance to financial crisis theory. Its candidates have come from schools such as the University of California, Berkeley, Harvard Business School, Johns Hopkins, Notre Dame, the University of Pennsylvania, Stanford, the University of Chicago Booth School and Yale. Its graduates have gone on to positions in government, the private sector, and universities including the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business.

To Contact Us:

Ph.D. Program
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California
3660 Trousdale Parkway, ACC 230
Los Angeles, California 90089-0442

phd@marshall.usc.edu
(213) 740-0676
(213) 740-3208 FAX

Below are our current Ph.D. students.

Jianqiu (John) Bai

213-821-1074
Ph.D. Candidate in Finance and Business Economics

John Bai is a Ph.D. candidate in finance. He is interested in empirical corporate finance, corporate governance, and merger and acquisitions.

Luke Benedict

213-821-1074

Luke Benedict is a Finance and Business Economics student whose research interests include asset pricing and market structure. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, he worked as an options trader and also as a research assistant at The Ohio State University and The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency. Luke received his bachelor’s degree from Carnegie Mellon University.

Luis Felipe Cabezon

1st Year Ph.D. student in Finance and Business Economics

Wayne Chang

Ph.D. student in Finance and Business Economics

Wayne Chang is a student of finance whose research interests include asset pricing, investment strategies, and behavioral biases. Prior to his Ph.D. studies, he worked as a strategy consultant in the financial services industry and was engaged in a variety of risk-related projects for major commercial banks and other financial institutions.

Davidson Heath

213-740-8513
Ph.D. Student in Finance and Business Economics

My research interests center on empirical asset pricing and include commodity markets, real options, innovation, patents, and text analysis. My advisor is Wayne Ferson. I will be interviewing at the AFA 2015 Annual Meeting in Boston.

Alon Kfir

Ph.D. student in Finance and Business Economics

Alon Kfir is a Ph.D. student in Finance and Business Economics. His main area of interest is the interaction between the asset pricing world and the corporate finance world, specifically agency-based asset pricing models within a general equilibrium framework.

Suk won Lee

3rd Year Ph.D. student in Finance and Business Economics

Suk won Lee is a Ph.D. student in Finance and Business Economics. Prior to joining the program, Suk worked as Junior Economist at the Bank of Korea, dealing with open market operations and foreign reserve management. He holds a B.A. in Economics from Yonsei University and MSc in Finance and Economics from London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE).

Yuan (Bruce) Li

3rd Year Ph.D. student in Finance and Business Economics

Yuan Li is a PhD student of Finance and Business Economics. His research interests include corporate governance, media and financial market, and equity issuance. Prior to PhD study, Yuan got his bachelor’s degree in Economics from Tsinghua University, China.

Yun Ling

Ph.D. student in Finance and Business Economics

Yun Ling is a Ph.D. candidate in finance. Her research interests include financial intermediaries, social and behavioral finance, and interdisciplinary research in finance, statistics, mathematics, engineering, computer science, data science and sociology.

Georgios Magkotsios

Ph.D. student in Finance and Business Economics

Georgios Magkotsios is a Ph.D. student in finance. His research interests include theoretical and empirical asset pricing. Prior to entering the Ph.D. Program at Marshall, he worked on research projects related to the term structure of interest rates, the distribution of returns from growth and value stocks and market microstructure. He has a strong background in mathematical modeling and computational methods. Georgios holds a Ph.D. in Physics from Notre Dame. His transition from astrophysics to finance stems from the differences in scope between natural and social sciences and the aftermath of the recent global financial crisis.