Biography

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I am an Associate Professor of Finance and the Daniel Taylor Emerging Scholar in Finance at the Villanova School of Business (Philadelphia, PA).  I am also a  Fellow at the Center for Financial Research in the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (Washington, DC).

My primary research interests are in corporate finance, credit risks, credit derivatives and real estate.  My articles on these topics have appeared in peer-reviewed publications such as the Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial Intermediation, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Economic Dynamics and Control, Annals of Operations Research, and the Journal of Investment Management. My research has been presented in seminars and conferences at leading financial, regulatory and academic institutions and relayed in national media outlets such as the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Indianapolis Star, the Denver Post and Motley Fool. Notably, my research on executive compensation has been mentioned in the US Senate in the debate to reform executive compensation.

Currently, I am examining with colleagues at the FDIC, the SEC and George Mason U., contagion effects in strategic mortgage defaults and with colleagues at the Indian School of Business and Santa Clara U. how investment focus increases venture capital performance.

At Villanova University, I teach Corporate Finance, Fixed Income and Advanced Financial Modeling in the MBA and MS in Finance programs. I have also taught at the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University, the Leavey School of Business at Santa Clara University, the Indian School of Business, and the International Monetary Fund.

Prior to academia, I was a Research Analyst at LECG Inc. and Associate at Navigant Inc. There I worked on a variety of consulting and litigation support cases involving securities fraud, patent infringement, and the valuation of interests in closely held firms, intangible assets, warrants, restricted stock, and employee stock options.

I was born in Oakland, California and raised in Paris, France and I am bilingual in English and French. I received a PhD in Finance from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University (2005) and a BS in Business Administration from the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley (1997). I am a member of the American Finance Association, the European Financial Association, the Western Finance Association and the Financial Management Association.