Nishant Dass, Ph.D.
Director, Financial Economics Institute
Nishant Dass is joining the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance as the Charles M. Stone Associate Professor of Finance. He is an empiricist by training and his field of research is Corporate Finance. He started his research career with a focus on two broad fields within Corporate Finance – Financial Intermediation and Corporate Governance. His interest in Financial Intermediaries was motivated by the important role that these entities play in capital allocation in the economy. His research in this field has highlighted both the effect that financial intermediaries have on firms as well as the internal functioning of these intermediaries, which include commercial banks, mutual funds, and venture capital firms. His interest in research on Corporate Governance is primarily driven by the fundamental role that Chief Executive Officers (CEOs) and Boards of Directors play within the firm. A special focus of his research has been the advisory role of directors and the effect of CEO’s incentive contracts. Over time, his research in financial intermediation and corporate governance intersected to highlight the role of innovative firms, thus sparking a new line of research on innovation over the last few years. He continues to research the many unique aspects of innovative firms and their special role in the economy.
Assistant to FEI Director
Nancy Faust began working at Claremont McKenna College in 2002 as the Administrative Assistant in Faculty Support East, which supported the economics faculty. From 2008-2009, she worked as Assistant to the Dean of the Faculty supporting the Dean and the Associate and Assistant Deans, as well as performing numerous administrative duties in support of various faculty committees. In 2009, Ms. Faust began working as Supervisor of Academic Support Services, which falls under the umbrella of the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, again supporting economics faculty and the Chair of the department, in addition to supervising the staff of the Faculty Support West office. She also managed the daily operations of the Bauer copy/mail room along with overseeing many other administrative responsibilities.
George Batta is an Associate Professor of Economics-Accounting, on the faculty of the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna College. He has been a member of CMC’s faculty since 2007. Before that, he was on the faculty at the University of Southern California and served as an auditor and consultant, respectively, at Ernst & Young and NERA Economic Consulting. He holds an A.B. in political economy from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Doctor of Business Administration (D.B.A.) from Harvard University. Professor Batta’s research focuses primarily on accounting information’s role in credit markets, but he has also contributed to research on both derivative instruments and political connections’ effect on accounting quality. His research has been published in top accounting journals, such as The Accounting Review and Contemporary Accounting Research. He teaches courses in financial accounting and financial statement analysis at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Professor Murat Binay is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Economics at CMC who has expertise in corporate finance, investments, and institutional investors.
Professor Richard Burdekin, Jonathan B. Lovelace Professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College, specializes in money and banking.
Professor Matt Delventhal received his Ph.D. from Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.His research interests are in the areas of Macroeconomics, Economic Geography and Trade.
Professor Gary Evans is the Ruth and Harvey Berry Professor of Entrepreneurial Leadership at Harvey Mudd College. He specializes in enterprise and entrepreneurship, financial institutions, and small business development.
Darren Filson is the James G. Boswell Professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College, Director of the Randall Lewis Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Academic Director of the Silicon Valley Program, and George R. Roberts Fellow, specializes in industrial organization and corporate policy.
Professor Ananda Ganguly, the Morcos Massoud Associate Professor of Accounting at CMC, has interests in behavioral accounting and economic decision-making and specializes in investors’ and accountants’ decision-making. He also specializes on the interface between individual decision-making and aggregate market outcomes.
Julio Garín received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame. His primary area of research is macroeconomics.
Professor Benjamin Gillen received his Ph.D. in Economics from the University of California, San Diego. His research interests center on two very distinct classes of inferential questions: Econometric methods for economic experiments and behavioral economic models and Inference in high-dimensional settings with applications to industrial organization and finance.
Professor Laura Grant is an Assistant Professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College and specializes in environmental and public economics.
Professor Eric Helland, William F. Podlich Professor of Economics and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College, specializes in law and economics and industrial organization.
Eric Hughson is the Don and Lorraine Freeberg Professor of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna College, Director of Graduate Programs at the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance, specializes in financial economics.
Professor Matthew Magilke is an Associate Professor of Economics-Accounting at CMC and specializes in capital markets and empirical financial accounting research.
Professor Marc Massoud is the Robert A. Day Distinguished Professor of Accounting and Director of the Accounting Program at Claremont McKenna College, and specializes in financial accounting.
Professor Lisa Meulbroek is the Fritz B. Burns Professor of Finance at Claremont McKenna College, and specializes in executive compensation, risk management, and insider trading.
Joshua G. Rosett is the Curb Family Associate Professor of Business and Law and George R. Roberts Fellow, on the faculty of the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance at Claremont McKenna College. He has been at CMC since 2003. Before that he was on faculty at Tulane University, The University of Chicago, The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He holds a B.A from the University of Chicago and both Masters and Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Professor Gary Smith is the Fletcher Jones Professor of Economics at Pomona College, and specializes in investments, financial markets, and statistics.
Janet Kilholm Smith is the Von Tobel Professor of Economics at Claremont McKenna College, specializes in industrial organization and new venture finance. She is also the Director of the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.
Professor Angela Vossmeyer joined the Robert Day School in 2015 after receiving her Ph.D. in economics from the University of California, Irvine. Her research interests include: econometrics, Markov chain Monte Carlo (MCMC), and banking.
Thomas Willett is the Horton Professor of Economics, holding joint appointments at Claremont McKenna College and Claremont Graduate University. He specializes in international finance and public policy.
Fan Yu is the Gordon C. Bjork Professor of Financial Economics and George R. Roberts Fellow at CMC, and is the current Chair of the Robert Day School of Economics and Finance. His research interests are credit risk analysis; fixed income and derivative securities; financial and operations risk management; credit liquidity; real options; municipal bonds; Chinese local government bonds.
Paul Zak, Ph.D.
Paul Zak is Professor of Economics at the School of Politics and Economics and the Director of the Center for Neuroeconomics Studies, both at the Claremont Graduate University. He specializes in neuroeconomics, macroeconomics, finance and General Equilibrium Theory.