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Finance, BSBA


Our faculty consists of accomplished experts across the field of finance. With a focus on providing you with a practical education, they often use current events when teaching in order to prepare you to transition seamlessly into the business world.

Department Chair

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Cathy Goldberg joined USF's Department of Finance as a faculty member in 2001. Cathy has a PhD in finance from the University of Colorado at Boulder, and her interests in research have been founded in emerging markets, financial integration and country risk. Her more recent work has taken an interdisciplinary approach, crossing into entrepreneurship and accounting.

  • Ph.D. , Finance, University of Colorado At Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, 2001
  • MAT, Mathematics, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1996
  • Bachelor Commerce, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1986
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Full-Time Faculty

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Ludwig B. Chincarini, CFA, PhD, is Professor of Finance in the School of Management at the University of San Francisco as well as an advisor to United States Commodity Fund Investments with over fifteen years of experience in the financial industry specializing in portfolio management, quantitative equity management, and derivatives. He also works with an angel group to help start-up companies. Prior to that he was a member of the academic council of Index IQ which was bought by NY Life in 2015...

  • PhD in Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995
  • BA in Economics (Summa Cum Laude), University of California at Berkeley, 1991
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Xiaoya (Sara) Ding, PhD, CFA, teaches Principles of Finance and International Financial Management at USF. Ding’s research spans international finance, corporate finance, and asset pricing. Her work has been published in numerous highly respected academic journals, including Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Pacific-Basin Finance Journal, Journal of Empirical Finance, etc. Ding is a recipient of best-paper awards at the Asian Finance Association Conference and China...

  • PhD, Finance, School of Business, Queen’s University, Canada
  • MA, Economics, College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph, Canada
  • MA, Finance, School of Economics, Nankai University...
SFH Downtown Campus, Room 604

Assistant Professor John Gonzales is internationally recognized for his service work as an economist focusing on transition economies, emerging market economics, and monetary policy. With the aim of helping his students develop a more comprehensive understanding of the intricate and interdependent network of variables that affect our global economy, Gonzales teaches courses in capital market theory, corporate finance, investment and analysis, micro and macroeconomics, monetary economics, equity...

  • Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1983
  • M.A., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1980
  • B.A., Economics, California State University, Fullerton, 1978
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Robert Mefford, Professor of Finance, brings a breadth of international experience to USF, with research emphasis on global supply chains, lean production systems, behavioral finance, and the productivity of global enterprises. Professor Mefford's business acumen is founded on senior management positions with leading health care providers including Blue Cross and Kaiser Foundation Health Plan.

In studying the productivity of off-shore operations, Professor Mefford has explored how management...

  • Ph.D., International Business, University of California, Berkeley, 1983
  • M.A., Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1981
  • M.B.A., Management, University of California, Los Angeles, 1966
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Malloy Hall, Room 203

Frank Ohara is recognized for his dedication to teaching excellence by the School of Management as the eight-time recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award. Establishing the USF National Honor Society Chapter of the International Financial Management Association, Ohara continues to serve as faculty advisor for the organization today. With over fifteen years' financial management and administrative experience in the computer manufacturing and financial services industries, he brings extensive...

  • Post Doctorate, Finance & Accounting, Hough Graduate School of Business, University of Florida
  • J.D., Santa Clara University, CA
  • B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY
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Professor Nicholas Tay’s research focuses on building theoretical models and conducting empirical studies to understand how human behaviors and market frictions interplay to affect the pricing of financial assets and the stability of financial markets. He uncovers relationships and patterns through financial econometrics and non-economic concepts, including agent-based modeling, social network analysis, cellular automata, genetic programming, fuzzy logic, chaos theory, fractal analysis, wavelet...

  • PhD, Finance, Price College of Business, University of Oklahoma, Norman, OK
  • ABD, Physics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • MS, Physics, Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL
  • BS with...

Part-Time Faculty

Daniel Amir is an experienced business professional and board member in the technology sector with over 25 years of finance, investor relations, and business development experience in Wall Street and Corporate. His background includes Corporate Development, Investor relations, Equity Research, Private and Public Investments, and Investment Banking. Daniel has detailed knowledge of all facets of corporate development, asset management, research and investment analysis, investor relations and...

  • UCLA, MBA in Finance, 2000
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, MA in International Relations, 1998
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, BA in Economics and International Relations, 1996
  • Finance
  • M&A
  • Capital Markets
  • Financial Statements
  • Technology

Ivan Oscar Asensio has been part of the finance faculty at USF since 2015. He brings a wealth of professional experience to his classroom instruction, having spent over 20 years advising multinational corporations and institutional investors on solving problems related to currency and financial market risks.

Professor Asensio's research focuses on two important strands in finance literature: solving the currency hedging puzzle and understanding the drivers that propagate the risk premium in...

  • PhD, Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2013
  • MA, International Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2011
  • MS, Statistics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005
  • BS...

Dr. Souza has over 30 years of experience in the commercial real estate industry and has been teaching college-level courses for the past 25 years at numerous colleges in the Bay Area. Companies he's previously worked at include New York Life Insurance Company/NYLIFE Securities, Charles Schwab Investment Management, Global Real Analytics, and the Quantum Financial Network. He has also held senior positions in strategic portfolio research and analysis with various real estate services firms. Dr...

  • Golden Gate University, DBA, Corporate Finance/Real Estate Management
  • San Francisco State University, MPA, MA, Political Science
  • San Francisco State University, MA, Applied Economics
  • University...

Faculty Emeritus

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Professor Barry W. Doyle is a much-admired leader and educator in the undergraduate, MBA, and Executive MBA programs, having been with the School of Management since 1984. Working with universities throughout the world, Professor Doyle helps coordinate and evaluate academic programs, serving as acting Faculty Director at China Resources Holding Company and Guangzhou Enterprises, overseeing their Executive MBA Distance Learning Program as well as teaching basic and advanced corporate finance.

  • Ph.D., Finance, University of Oregon, 1985
  • M.S., Management Science, University of California, Berkeley, 1979
  • B.A., Psychology, Dartmouth College, 1970
SFH Downtown Campus, Room 608

John Veitch, Professor of Finance, and Director of the M.S. in Financial Analysis program, is an esteemed faculty member with over two decades of academic and chief administrative service to the university. Specializing in financial analysis and risk management, Dr. Veitch is the co-author of a number of articles on country risk in Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and South Africa due to contributing factors of financial integration, currency devaluation and currency contagion. Professor Veitch served...

  • C.F.A. (Chartered Financial Analyst) designation, 1999
  • Ph.D., Economics, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois, 1985
  • Degree: B.A., Economics and Mathematics, Trinity College, University of...