Pace online master’s in finance faculty members are distinguished finance and business professionals, accomplished scholars, and practitioners. They are invested in the achievement of our students and utilize their research and day-to-day experiences in finance to help students delve into the real-world applications of what they’re learning.


Niso Abuaf, PhD
Niso Abuaf, PhD
Clinical Professor
Niso Abuaf, PhD
(212) 618-6414

Niso Abuaf, PhD

Clinical Professor
Finance

Education

  • PhD, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    International Finance
  • MBA, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    Finance
  • MSc (High Honors), Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
    Electrical and Biomedical Engineering
  • BSc (High Honors), Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois
    Electrical Engineering

Niso Abuaf has been a clinical professor of financial economics for more than 10 years. He has also taught at NYU, University of Chicago, and Bosphorus University. Professor Abuaf is also an investment banker with over 35 years of experience on Wall Street. He currently works as chief economist and financial strategist at Samuel A. Ramirez and Co. Professor Abuaf’s former positions included head of global financial strategy at Credit Suisse, head of International Financial Strategy at Salomon Brothers/Citigroup, and senior international economist and derivatives specialist at JP Morgan Chase. Professor Abuaf was also a founder at the Financial Strategy Group, the analytical think tank of investment banking.

When advising clients and formulating his strategies, Professor Abuaf specializes in synthesizing the global macro outlook with econometric analysis, modern finance theory, behavioral-finance “irrationalities,” quantitative reasoning, and what-if scenario analysis.

Professor Abuaf’s current research interests include global macroeconomics and the economics of emerging markets, corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance, investment strategies, and applied econometrics.

Marcus Braga-Alves, PhD
Marcus Braga-Alves, PhD
Associate Professor
Marcus Braga-Alves, PhD
(212) 618-6578

Marcus Braga-Alves, PhD

Associate Professor
Finance

Education

  • PhD, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
    Finance
  • MBA, Pace University, New York, New York
    Financial Management

Academic and Professional Engagement Activities
Marcus Braga-Alves is an associate professor of finance at Pace University. He earned his MBA from Pace University and his PhD in finance from the University of Pittsburgh. His research analyzes problems that confront market participants and the academic community in the areas of investment management, corporate finance, and international finance. He is especially interested in the study of the development of capital markets in emerging countries. His work was published in the Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Financial Markets, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Journal of International Money and Finance, among other journals. He has served as an ad hoc reviewer for several academic journals. He has also served on the program committees of the annual meetings of the Financial Management Association and the Eastern Finance Association.

Before moving to the US, Professor Braga-Alves worked for five years as a consultant in the spot and derivatives markets for agricultural commodities in Brazil. His prime responsibility during that time was to promote the use of commodity derivatives for price risk management by local farmers, who faced new challenges resulting from increasing deregulation and globalization.

Burcin Col, PhD
Burcin Col, PhD
Associate Professor
Burcin Col, PhD
(212) 618-6478

Burcin Col, PhD

Associate Professor
Finance

Education

  • PhD, McGill University, Montreal, Canada
    Finance

Academic and Professional Engagement Activities
Professor Burcin Col’s research interests lie in the general area of international corporate finance spanning topics such as corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, political risk, tax avoidance, and corporate social responsibility. She has published on these topics in academic journals such as Management Science, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Journal of Business Ethics. Her papers have been featured in prestigious conferences such as American Finance Association (AFA) meetings, National Tax Association (NTA) meetings, and Global Corporate Governance Colloquia (GCGC). Her research was awarded grants by the Canadian Foundation for Governance Research and by the NSE-IGIDR Corporate Governance Research Initiative and received a best paper award in Corporate Finance & Financial Institutions by the Financial Management Association (FMA).

Her teaching interests are in corporate finance and international finance. She has received Excellence in Teaching Awards from Pace University and McGill University.

Natalia Gershun, PhD
Natalia Gershun, PhD
Associate Professor
Natalia Gershun, PhD
(212) 618-6515

Natalia Gershun, PhD

Associate Professor
Finance

Education

  • PhD, Columbia University, New York, New York
    Finance

Academic and Professional Engagement Activities
Professor Natalia Gershun is the chair of the undergraduate program in finance. She joined Lubin School of Business in 2002. Her research interests focus on financial asset pricing in general equilibrium and real business cycles. She has published her work in journals including the Journal of Economic Theory, Macroeconomic Dynamics, and Review of Financial Economics. Professor Gershun’s work on the effects of executive compensation was cited in the Financial Times, Business Week, Bloomberg, and Vox.

Professor Gershun has presented her research at the European Finance Association, Midwest Finance Association, Eastern Finance Associations, Asian Finance Association, European Financial Management Association, and other conferences.

Professor Gershun teaches Investment Analysis; Portfolio Analysis and Management; Risk Management in Capital Markets; Strategies in Investments, Options, and Futures; and Principles of Investments courses.

Elena Goldman, PhD
Elena Goldman, PhD
Professor
Elena Goldman, PhD
(212) 618-6516

Elena Goldman, PhD

Professor
Finance

Education

  • PhD, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey
    Economics

Academic and Professional Engagement Activities
Elena Goldman is a professor of finance and economics at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. Her research and teaching are in the fields of financial econometrics, bayesian econometrics, risk management, and international finance. She was undergraduate finance program chair between 2012 and 2015. Professor Goldman was a fellow at the Securities and Exchange Commission in 2016. She currently serves on the education committee at the Professional Risk Managers’ International Association.

Aron Gottesman, PhD
Aron Gottesman, PhD
Professor, Department Chairperson
Aron Gottesman, PhD
(212) 618-6525

Aron Gottesman, PhD

Professor, Department Chairperson
Finance

Education

  • PhD, York University, Toronto, Ontario
    Finance
  • MBA, York University, Toronto, Ontario
    Finance
  • BA, York University, Toronto, Ontario
    Psychology

Academic and Professional Engagement Activities
Aron Gottesman is professor of finance and the chair of the Department of Finance and Economics at the Lubin School of Business at Pace University. He has published more than 30 academic articles and books, including publications in the Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance, and the Journal of Financial Markets, among others. His research has also been cited in newspapers and popular magazines.

In 2017, Professor Gottesman authored a book titled Understanding Systemic Risk in Global Financial Markets (Wiley Finance), coauthored with the DTCC’s Michael Leibrock. In 2016, Professor Gottesman authored a book titled Derivatives Essentials: An Introduction to Forwards, Futures, Options and Swaps (Wiley Finance), based on the popular course that he teaches at Pace University.

Professor Gottesman received Pace University’s Keenan Award for Teaching Excellence in 2017. He teaches undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses on financial markets, derivative securities, and asset management. His approach to teaching is to show students that while quantitative skills are important, success in finance is fundamentally driven by one’s ability to comprehend, reason, and communicate. He strives to give each student a sense of “ownership” of every topic that he teaches, as well as the tools that they require to succeed during their professional careers.

Iuliana Ismailescu, PhD
Iuliana Ismailescu, PhD
Associate Professor
Iuliana Ismailescu, PhD
(212) 618-6524

Iuliana Ismailescu, PhD

Associate Professor
Finance

Education

  • PhD, University of Massachusetts Amherst, Amherst, Massachusetts
    Finance

Academic and Professional Engagement Activities
Iuliana Ismailescu, PhD, is an associate professor of finance and co-chair of the Middle States Self Study Executive Committee. Her research interests include emerging debt and equity markets, international finance, and credit risk. Her research was published in the Journal of Banking and Finance, International Review of Finance, Review of Pacific Basin Financial Markets and Policies, and Journal of Investment Management, among others. She co-authored a mathematics book in Romanian and contributed several book chapters to Interest Rate Risk Modeling and Dynamic Term Structure Modeling. Ismailescu received the FMA 2007 Best Dissertation Proposal Award in International Finance for her PhD thesis “Three Essays on Emerging Capital Markets.” Professor Ismailescu frequently presents her research at domestic and international conferences, and serves as an ad-hoc reviewer for top tier finance journals.

Professor Ismailescu currently teaches courses in financial management, international finance, and investment analysis at undergraduate and graduate levels. She also runs a seminar in capital markets in the doctoral program.

Padma Kadiyala, PhD
Padma Kadiyala, PhD
Professor
Padma Kadiyala, PhD
(914) 773-3620

Padma Kadiyala, PhD

Professor
Finance

Education

  • PhD, The Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio
    Finance

Academic and Professional Engagement Activities
Padma Kadiyala’s primary area of research interest is US capital markets, both equity and debt. On the equity side, her research encompasses investor reaction to information, IPOs, mutual funds, and ETFs. On the debt side, her work has examined the pricing of corporate bonds, and fundamental information that can be extracted from bond prices. One of her recent research areas has been trading and market microstructure. Here, she examined trading strategies in the post-Reg H era, of informed investors around earnings announcements.

Professor Kadiyala’s work has been published in the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Business, and Financial Management. She has consulted for quantitative equity fund managers, helping to formulate and track investment strategies.

On the corporate bond side, she maintains a blog on emerging market USD corporate bond issuance.

Matthew R. Morey, PhD
Matthew R. Morey, PhD
Professor
Matthew R. Morey, PhD
(212) 618-6471

Matthew R. Morey, PhD

Professor
Finance

Education

  • PhD, University of California, Irvine, Irvine, California
    Economics
  • BA, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Economics

Academic and Professional Engagement Activities
Matthew R. Morey, PhD, is a full professor of finance and NYSE Research Scholar at Pace University. His research is in mutual funds, behavioral finance, and emerging markets. He has been a professor at Pace since 2000. Before coming to Pace Morey taught at the University of California, Irvine, Fordham University, and Smith College (all in economics). Morey was a Fulbright Scholar to Bangladesh in 1993-1994 and worked for the US State Department in Kuwait in 1989. His research has been published in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Money and Finance, Journal of Empirical Finance, Omega, and the Journal of Financial Research (among many others) and has been cited in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, CNBC, and many other outlets. He has consulted with TIAA-CREF and AllianceBernstein. Morey primarily teaches Introduction to Finance and Behavioral Finance and Economics.

Jouahn Nam, PhD
Jouahn Nam, PhD
Associate Professor
Jouahn Nam, PhD
(212) 618-6589

Jouahn Nam, PhD

Associate Professor
Finance

Education

  • PhD, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
    Finance
  • MS, Georgia State University, Atlanta, Georgia
    Finance
  • BBA, Chonnam National University, Gwangju, South Korea
    Management

Academic and Professional Engagement Activities
Jouahn Nam, PhD, is an associate professor of finance at the Lubin School of Business. His research interests are corporate finance, financial markets, risk management, and quantitative investment analysis. His work has been published in more than 21 articles in leading journals, including Journal of Finance, Financial Management, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial Research, and Journal of Risk and Insurance. Professor Nam has taught courses in introductory corporate finance, advanced corporate finance, real estate in finance, and data analysis in finance at both the undergraduate and master’s levels. He teaches doctoral corporate finance theory at Lubin, investment and portfolio management, mergers and acquisition, and real estate in finance in the Masters in Finance for Professionals (MFP).

Professor Nam was a recipient of The New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) Scholar in 2003 for a period of two years to conduct research on issues important to the exchange. At a time when executive pay packages seemed to be going through the roof, Professor Nam conducted research in the area of corporate governance and executive compensation—specifically, what are the best compensation structures to provide the most incentives to managers to maximize stock value rather than maximize their own wealth. Professor Nam has been a member of Eastern Finance Association, Financial Management Association, and Southern Finance Association.

PV Viswanath, PhD
PV Viswanath, PhD
Professor, Graduate Program Chair
PV Viswanath, PhD
(212) 618-6518

PV Viswanath, PhD

Professor, Graduate Program Chair
Finance

Education

  • PhD, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    Finance
  • MBA, University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois
    Economics & Management Science
  • MBA, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky
    Management Science

Academic and Professional Engagement Activities
Professor PV Viswanath is graduate program chair in the Department of Finance and Economics. His research spans the more traditional areas of corporate finance, investments, insurance, and law and economics, but also the treatment of economic issues in world religions, primarily Judaism and Buddhism; most recently, he has been interested in microfinance and financial market development in emerging economies.

His research has appeared in a variety of journals including the Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, Journal of Futures Markets, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Risk and Insurance, and Financial Management. His most recent work has appeared in the following journals: International Journal of Financial Studies, Post-Communist Economies, Journal of Financial Research, Journal of Business Ethics, ACRN Journal of Finance and Risk Perspectives, and the International Journal of Financial Studies.

He is on the editorial advisory board of The Open Ethics and Law Journal and is a referee for several journals, including Economic Modelling and the International Journal of Financial Research.

He reads and speaks French, Spanish, Tamil, Hindi, Urdu, and Yiddish fluently and has varying degrees of fluency in German, Italian, Hebrew, Marathi, Malayalam, and Bengali. He has also studied Arabic, Ancient Greek, Czech, Dutch, Armenian, Aramaic, Syriac, Swahili, Irish/Gaelic, Welsh, Sanskrit, and Mandarin. He uses several of these languages, such as Hebrew, Aramaic, Swahili, Malayalam, Mandarin, and Sanskrit in his research.

He teaches courses in a variety of areas including corporate finance, microfinance, film finance, and the Chinese financial system.

Mingming Zhou
Mingming Zhou
Associate Professor
Mingming Zhou
(212) 618-6584

Mingming Zhou

Associate Professor
Finance

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