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Current Ph.D. Students

We are pleased to showcase our current Ph.D. students.



Haosi (Chelsea) Chen

Chelsea Chen entered the finance doctoral program in the Fall of 2013. She received an undergraduate finance degree from Central University of Finance and Economics in Beijing, China. Chelsea then continued her education at the University of Delaware, where she graduated with an MS in finance. Her research interests include institutional investors and sell-side analysts. She has passed the Financial Risk Manager (FRM) Part 1 exam.


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 Peter Dixon


Peter Dixon holds a Bachelor's degree in Financial Economics from Brigham Young University-Idaho and a Master's degree in Econometrics from the University of Utah.  Prior to pursuing his Ph.D. Peter was a financial analyst for Intermountain Healthcare in Salt Lake City, Utah.  His research interests include Empirical Asset Pricing and Empirical Market Microstructure.  He currently has one working paper analyzing front running of large trades by predatory traders, and another studying how investors use options and futures to trade on different types of information.  Both working papers are available on SSRN.  Peter is also the creator of numerous Finance with Excel instructional videos available on YouTube.  


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Ryan Farley

Ryan Farley entered the finance doctoral program in the spring of 2015.  He  received a BS in Computer Science from Loyola University New Orleans and an MS in Economics from the University of Tennessee.  Prior to joining our program, he worked in the finance industry for over ten years on the sellside.  At Abel Noser Corp. he worked as a systems analyst, specializing in trade cost analysis and equity trading systems.  He then joined ITG Inc. to working in client and trading venue connectivity.  While at ITG, he joined their international equity desk as vice president of sales and trading to focus on electronic trading for US clients trading in international markets.  His last position before coming to the University of Tennessee was with Deutsche Bank.  At Deutsche Bank he served as product manager for electronic, portfolio and ETF trading in the US.  At the time of his departure from Deutsche Bank, he was the global equity program manager responsible for algorithmic, dark, and routing strategies.


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Corbin Fox entered the finance doctoral program in the Summer of 2014. Prior to his start, Corbin graduated Summa Cum Laude, from Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), in 2013 with a Bachelors of Science in Business with a concentration in Finance. He then continued his education at VCU and earned his Masters of Science, in Business with a concentration in Finance, in 2014. During his time at VCU, Corbin worked at the Virginia State Corporation Commission (SCC) as a Financial Analyst. Also, during his time at VCU, Corbin worked as a research assistant for faculty in both the Finance and Accounting departments.


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 Asa Lambert joined the Ph.D. program at the University of           Tennessee in the summer of 2015.  After earning a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Mercer University, Asa worked in retail lending and security sales at Wachovia Bank. He later worked as a credit analyst at Atlantic Southern Bank in Macon, Georgia. Asa then earned a Master’s of Business Administration at Georgia College while serving in an advisory role for an affiliate of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling. Asa continued his education at Florida State University, earning a Master’s of Science in Finance while serving as a teaching assistant. He has previously conducted research on tests for long memory in the presence of structural breaks, the use of multiple variance ratio tests in determining short-term predictability of commodity futures returns, and on long run post-offering performance of ADRs.


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Guanhuan (Jack) Wang entered the finance doctoral program in the Fall of 2017. He received an undergraduate finance degree from Shaanxi Normal University in Xi’an, China. Guanhuan then continued his education at the Southern Methodist University. He earned the Master’s of Science in Finance while serving as a research assistant.


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