Faculty: Finance and Business Economics
Finance and Business Economics: Faculty and Research
Faculty and students in the Finance and Business Economics Department examine economic decision-making and the role of markets in the allocation of real and financial resources. A student or researcher in finance and economics studies both the normative (what should one do) and the positive (what do we actually do), with the goals of understanding and improving the circumstances of both society and the individual.
Finance and economics are extremely broad fields and include both the theoretical and the practical. Our faculty researches topics ranging from boom and bust economic cycles, gender representation in business, the impact of social connections on markets, parenting, venture capital, racial discrimination, shadow banking, high frequency trading, and pollution.
We invite you to explore our talented and multi-faceted faculty and to see how the perspectives gained from economic and financial analysis extend across all aspects of society.
— Christopher Jones, Department Chair and Professor of Finance and Business Economics
Scott Abrams is an Associate Professor of Clinical Finance and Business Economics at the USC Marshall School of Business. He specializes in corporate finance, financial analysis and valuation, and portfolio management. Professor Abrams teaches these subjects in the MBA, MS Finance, and Undergraduate Programs. He is a two-time winner of the Golden Apple Teaching Award for the Full-Time MBA Core Program (2016 and 2021) and a winner of the Golden Apple Teaching Award for Undergraduate Electives (2023). In addition, he serves as the Academic Director for the Full-Time MBA Program.
Kenneth Ahern is an Associate Professor at the Marshall School of Business and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). His research is distinguished by the study of networks to study how economic outcomes spread from one agent to another through interactions, including interactions among industries, individuals, and information sharing. His research has been published in leading finance and economics journals including the Quarterly Journal of Economics, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Economics and Statistics, and has been cited in both the popular press and legislative hearings around the world. Before joining USC, Kenneth was on the faculty of the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan.
Rahsan Akbulut is an Associate Professor of Clinical Finance & Business Economics. She is also serving as the Associate Vice Dean for Graduate Programs and the Academic Director of the MBA.PM Program. Rahsan previously served as Academic Director of the MS Finance Program. Her teaching focuses on Microeconomics. She is also a recipient of the Golden Apple Teaching Award.
Duke Bristow is an expert on corporate finance and corporate governance, particularly in the areas of private equity and director education. He has published papers in economics, engineering, and law journals, and has advised organizations on matters involving corporate governance and director education since 1998. His research and teaching has received support from the National Institutes of Health, the NASDAQ, the four largest international audit firms, and a dozen national law firms. Professor Bristow has served as a director, officer or executive in public, private and not-for-profit organizations.
Ty Callahan is a finance scholar with interests that include the behavior of traders, market liquidity and volume, and mergers and acquisition. He has published papers in the Review of Futures Markets and the Journal of Physical Chemistry. Professor Callahan has served as an ad-hoc referee for the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Markets, Journal of Empirical Finance, and International Review of Finance. Before joining USC, he was on the faculty of the University of Texas at Austin.
Odilon Câmara is an economist who specializes in microeconomics and political economy. He studies how individuals strategically use information to persuade decision makers. He also studies the extent to which voters can use re-elections to create political accountability and discipline elected officials. His research has been published in American Economic Review, Review of Economic Studies, Management Science, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Politics, and Games and Economic Behavior. Before receiving his PhD, Professor Camara worked in the banking industry.