Master of Finance Faculty

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Faculty Members

Ilkay Altintas
Chief Data Science Officer

Ilkay Altintas

Dr. Ilkay Altintas is the Chief Data Science Officer at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC), UC San Diego, where she is also the Founder and Director for the Workflows for Data Science Center of Excellence.

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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Jelena Bradic
Assistant Professor of Mathematics

Professor Rossen Valkanov

Jelena Bradic is an Associate Professor of Statistics at the University of California at San Diego associated with the Mathematics Department. 

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 Adjunct 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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Amarnath Gupta
Research Scientist
Associate Professor


Amarnath Gupta is a Research Scientist at the San Diego Supercomputer Center (SDSC) of the University of California San Diego.

Jun Liu
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

William Mullins' research is in corporate finance and behavioral economics. His research has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics and the Review of Asset Pricing Studies, and he has written two case studies for Harvard Business School.

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He received Teaching Awards at Rady in 2019 and in 2020, and a Distinguished Referee Award from the Review of Finance in 2019. Before his PhD he worked as an advisor to Chile's Minister of Finance.

He has a Ph.D. in Finance from MIT, a MSc in Economics from the P. Universidad Católica de Chile, and a BA from the University of Oxford. He is from Chile.

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Allan Timmermann
Atkinson/Epstein Endowed Chair
Co-Director of the Master of Finance Program
Distinguished Professor of Finance

Professor Allan Timmermann

Professor Timmermann uses a mix of theory, data and econometric techniques to understand...

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the behavior of prices and expectations in financial markets. His objective is to understand 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
Zable Endowed Chair
Co-Director of the Master of Finance Program
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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Volkan Vural
Research Scientist

Volkan Vural

Dr. Volkan Vural is currently a research scientist with San Diego Supercomputer Center's Cyberinfrastructure Research, Education and Development (CI-RED) group.

Ruth Williams
Charles Lee Powell Endowed Chair in Mathematics I
Professor of Mathematics

Ruth Williams

Professor Williams is a Distinguished Professor in the Mathematics Department at the University of California, San Diego. She holds the Charles Lee Powell Chair in Mathematics I.