Master of Finance Faculty

Learn with Faculty Who Helped Shape the Industry

Faculty Members

Natasha Balac
Director, Interdisciplinary Center for Data Science at UC San Diego

Natasha Balac

Natasha Balac founded and led the Predictive Analytics Center of Excellence (PACE) and is the founder, CEO and president of Data Insight Discovery.

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Natasha has over 13 years of experience in instruction and curriculum development in the field of data analytics. Through her experience with the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego's Computer Science Department and the UCSD Extension, she has developed a unique curriculum for data science.

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Snehal Banerjee
Associate Professor of Finance and Accounting

Professor banerjee

Professor Banerjee's research interests include information, learning and disagreement in financial markets, liquidity, behavioral finance and asset pricing.

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His current research involves studying the effects of uncertainty about other investors on asset prices. Banerjee earned his Ph.D. from Stanford University's Graduate School of Business and his B.A. in Economics, Mathematics and Computer Science from Brandeis University. Prior to his arrival at the Rady School, Banerjee was an Associate Professor of Finance at the Kellogg School of Management.

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Bradyn Breon-Drish
Assistant Professor of Finance and Accounting

Professor Bradyn Breon-Drish

Professor Breon-Drish's conducts primarily theoretical research on the effects of asymmetric information in financial markets.

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His current work focuses on the interaction between price informativeness and investor learning and its impact on asset prices. He has also studied the market timing ability of mutual fund managers. Breon-Drish earned his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of California, Berkeley in 2011.

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Krisztina Büti
Assistant Professor of Finance and Accounting

Professor Kristina Buti

Professor Büti’s research interests involve empirical corporate finance, behavioral finance and information processing in financial markets.

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Her current research discusses the role of market frictions in price efficiency around corporate acquisition events and market learning about the investment opportunity set of acquirers. Her dissertation won the John F. Doukas award at the 2016 Annual Meetings of the European Financial Management Association.

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Joseph Engelberg
Professor of Finance

Professor Joey Engelberg

Professor Engelberg's research focuses on the way information is disseminated among market participants, especially by financial media and social networks.

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Engelberg earned his Ph.D. in Finance from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and earned his B.A. in Mathematics and B.S. in Business Administration from the University of Southern California. Prior to coming to the Rady School, Engelberg was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

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Jun Liu
Associate Professor of Finance

Professor Jun Liu

Professor Liu's research focuses on theoretical and empirical asset pricing, and the development and use of econometric methods.

Liu received his Ph.D. in finance from...

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Stanford University. Prior to coming to Rady School, he served as an assistant professor at UCLA’s Anderson School of Management from 1999 to 2005.

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Harry Markowitz
Nobel Laureate
Adjunct Professor of Finance

Professor Harry Markowitz

Professor Markowitz's research interests are Modern Portfolio Theory, Optimization (especially Quadratic), and Theory of Rational Behavior Under Uncertainty.

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Markowitz received his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Chicago. He won the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1990, while a professor of finance at Baruch College of the City University of New York.

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Michael Melvin
Executive Director, Master of Finance program

Professor Michael Melvin

Professor Melvin’s research in investments and international finance focuses on real issues facing global investors.

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Melvin’s most recent teaching position was at the UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. He has had past teaching positions at UCLA, UC San Diego, Arizona State University and Northwestern University. In addition to his academic achievements, Melvin is an accomplished industry researcher. Before joining the Rady School, he was Managing Director and Senior Research Advisor in Multi-Asset Strategies at BlackRock.

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William Mullins
Assistant Professor of Finance

Professor William Mullins

Professor Mullins’ research is in empirical banking, corporate finance and entrepreneurship, with a focus on bank lending to smaller firms. His research has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics.

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Prior to coming to the Rady School, Mullins was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the R.H. Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland, where he received Distinguished Teaching Awards (MBA) for academic years 2014-2015 and 2015-2016. Before his PhD he worked as an advisor to the Minister of Finance of Chile, Dr. Andres Velasco.

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Allan Timmermann
Atkinson/Epstein Endowed Chair
Distinguished Professor of Finance

Professor Allan Timmermann

Professor Timmermann uses a mix of theory, data and econometric techniques to understand the behavior of prices and expectations in financial markets. His objective is to understand...

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what determines the movement of security prices and to use this in managing risk, forming portfolios and forecasting future price movements. He has also studied mutual fund and pension fund performance. Timmermann has developed new methods in areas such as forecasting under structural breaks, forecast combinations and evaluation of predictive skills.

He serves as an associate editor on leading journals in financial economics and econometrics. Timmermann earned his Ph.D. from the University of Cambridge.

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Richard Townsend
Assistant Professor of Finance and Accounting

Professor Richard Townsend

Professor Townsend's research is focused on corporate finance, with an emphasis on entrepreneurship and corporate governance.

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His research has been published in Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Management Science. In 2016 he was awarded a Kauffman Junior Faculty Fellowship for his research on entrepreneurship. Townsend received a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Stanford University and earned his Ph.D in Economics from Harvard University in 2011.

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Rossen Valkanov
Professor of Finance

Professor Rossen Valkanov

Professor Valkanov is a member of many professional organizations including the American Finance Association, the American Economic Association, the...

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Econometric Society and the Bachelier Society.

In 1999, he became an assistant professor of finance at UCLA's Anderson School of Management where he remained until his appointment at UC San Diego. From 2001 to present he teaches empirical finance at the University of California, Berkeley's Haas School of Management, in the master's program in financial engineering. Valkanov received his Ph.D. in economics from Princeton University.

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