Department of Finance

Department Chair:

Frank Ohara


Ivan Oscar Asensio has been part of the finance faculty at USF since 2015. He brings a wealth of professional experience to his classroom instruction…


Ph.D., Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2013, M.A., International Economics, University of California, Santa Cruz, 2011, M.S., Statistics, University of California, Los Angeles, 2005, B.S., Finance, University of Southern California, 1998, B.A., Mathematics, University of Southern California, 1998
Professor Ludwig B. Chincarini brings to USF over fifteen years of professional experience in the financial industry, specializing in portfolio…


Ph.D., Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1995, B.A., Economics (Summa Cum Laude), University of California at Berkeley, 1991

Xiaoya (Sara) Ding

Associate Professor

(415) 422-4558

Xiaoya (Sara) Ding is an associate professor of finance in the School of Management. Her research interests are primarily in international finance,…


Ph.D., Finance, School of Business, Queen’s University, Canada, M.A., Economics, College of Business and Economics, University of Guelph, Canada, M.A., Finance, School of Economics, Nankai University, China, B.A., Finance, School of Economics, Nankai University, China


International finance, empirical corporate finance, and empirical asset pricing

Yuri Fedyk

Adjunct Professor

Cathy Goldberg

Associate Professor

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Cathy Goldberg joined USF's Department of Finance as a faculty member in 2001. Cathy has a PhD in finance from the University of Colorado at…


Ph.D. , Finance, University of Colorado At Boulder, Boulder, Colorado, 2001 , MAT, Mathematics, Tulane University, New Orleans, LA, 1996, Bachelor Commerce, McGill University, Montreal, Quebec, 1986

John Gonzales

Assistant Professor

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Assistant Professor John Gonzales is internationally recognized for his service work as an economist focusing on transition economies, emerging…


Ph.D., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1983, M.A., Economics, University of Wisconsin, 1980, B.A., Economics, California State University, Fullerton, 1978

Robert Mefford


(415) 422-6408

Robert Mefford, Professor of Finance, brings a breadth of international experience to USF, with research emphasis on global supply chains, lean…


Ph.D., International Business, University of California, Berkeley, 1983, M.A., Economics, University of California, Berkeley, 1981, M.B.A., Management, University of California, Los Angeles, 1966, B.S., Industrial Management, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, 1965

Frank Ohara

Department Chair / Professor

(415) 422-6406

Finance Department Chair Frank Ohara is recognized for his dedication to teaching excellence by the School of Management as the eight-time recipient…


Post Doctorate, Finance & Accounting, Hough Graduate School of Business, University of Florida, J.D., Santa Clara University, CA, B.S., Cornell University, Ithaca, NY