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MSF Faculty

The Carlson School faculty are globally ranked #11 for business and economics. These scholars are engaged in innovative and influential finance and economic research, have a wealth of experience working with leading companies and are well-informed about the challenges today’s organizations face.

MS Finance students learn from these and other scholars at the Carlson School (subject to change each semester):

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Hengjie Ai

Hengjie conducts research on asset pricing, corporate finance, and macroeconomic theory. His research is published in top journals such as the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. Hengjie holds a PhD in Economics from University of Minnesota and formerly taught at Duke University.

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Murray Frank

Murray Frank

Murray Frank received his PhD in economics from Queens University and his master's in economics from the University of Alberta. He serves as associate editor of the Review of Financial Studies and Finance Research Letters and as the editorial advisor of the Canadian Journal of Economics. He received the 2004 Best Paper Award at the NTU International Conference on Finance, and has been published in the Journal of Finance, Management Science, the European Economic Review, and the Journal of Financial Economics among many others. 

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 Robert Goldstein

Robert Goldstein

Professor Goldstein's areas of interest include the term structure of interest rates, credit risk, capital structure theory, and general equilibrium. He serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and the Journal of Investment Management. He has been published in Econometrica, the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, and the Journal of Business.

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Xiaoji Lin

Xiaoji Lin

Professor Xiaoji Lin is academic director of the MSF program. His research fields include asset pricing, corporate finance, and macroeconomics. He has published at leading academic journals including American Economic ReviewJournal of Political Economy, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Monetary Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. His doctoral thesis won the Trefftzs award at 2008 Western Finance Association annual meetings.

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John Molloy

John Molloy

John Molloy is a Senior Lecturer in Finance at the Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota. He has worked in a variety of roles ranging from federal examiner, internal auditor to strategic planning and financial analyst. His corporate experience, working in accounting and finance, has been primarily in the telecom and financial services industries. John has a BBA and MS in Finance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

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Helen Moser

Helen Moser

Helen found a passion for finance during her 5-year stint with the U.S. Army.  Post-Army, she earned her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Finance.  She spent several years in the banking industry, working her way up from credit analyst to CFO.

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Timothy Nantell

Timothy Nantell

Professor Nantell initiated the Carlson Funds Enterprise. His current research and teaching interests concern valuation models and their application. He has been recognized for teaching excellence in the MBA Program a number of times and was named 'Dedicated Faculty Member of the Year' by the MBA classes of 2002 and 2003. In 2004 he was given an Outstanding Service Award by the Carlson Scool.

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Raj Singh

Raj Singh

Professor Raj Singh's research interests include corporate finance, auction theory, agency theory, and market-microstructure. He received the 2002 Best Corporate Finance Paper Award from the Western Finance Association, was a runner-up for the 2002 Glucksman Institute Research Prize, and was recognized for his teaching in BusinessWeek's Guide to the Best Business Schools in 1997, 1999, and 2001.

His research has appeared in publications such as the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of LawEconomics & Organizations, and Journal of Accounting Research. He currently serves on the editorial board of the International Review of Finance.

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ryan sougstad

Ryan Sougstad

Ryan Sougstad earned his PhD in Business Administration - Information and Decision Sciences from our own Carlson School of Management, and earned his MBA from the University of Texas at Dallas. A senior lecturer in our Carlson Department of Information and Decision Sciences, Dr. Sougstad teaches cutting edge computing and programming skills to our MSF students.

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 Tracy Yue Wang

Tracy Yue Wang

Tracy Wang joined the Carlson School of Management in 2005. Her expertise lies in the fields of law and economics and corporate governance. Her current research interests include corporate securities fraud, securities market regulation, the value impact of management, and behavioral finance.

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Colin Ward

Colin Ward

Colin Ward earned a PhD from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. His expertise is focused on asset pricing. In 2015 he was a recipient of the AQR Insight Award, an honor designated for exceptional unpublished papers that provide original, intelligent approaches to important issues in the investment world. His paper, “Commodity Trade and the Carry Trade: A Tale of Two Countries," was co-written by Robert Ready of the Simon School of Business and Nikolai Roussanov of the Wharton School.

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