Finance

Sam Adams

Sam Adams joined the Ph.D. program at the University of Tennessee in the fall of 2019. He received his BSBA in finance from the University of Arkansas and his MS in quantitative financial economics from Oklahoma State University. Sam worked as a fixed income analyst at Oaklawn Investments between his undergraduate and graduate degrees. His research interests include market microstructure, behavioral finance, and quantitative trading strategies.

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Dipesh Bhattarai

Dipesh Bhattarai joined the UT Department of Finance Ph.D. program in August 2019. He received a Master's of Business Administration at Mississippi State University, where he worked as a graduate teaching assistant. Dipesh earned a Bachelor's of Business Administration with specialization in banking and finance from Pokhara University, Nepal. His research interest includes banking, international finance, and corporate finance.


Connor Kasten

Connor Kasten joined the UT Department of Finance PhD program in August 2018. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in both economics and finance from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. Immediately prior to joining the doctoral program, he worked as a financial advisor and served clients by assisting them in retirement, education, estate, and insurance planning. His research interests include investments, financial intermediation, retirement and employee benefits, and behavioral finance

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Connor Kasten

Connor Kasten joined the UT Department of Finance PhD program in August 2018. He earned his Bachelor of Business Administration in both economics and finance from Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. Immediately prior to joining the doctoral program, he worked as a financial advisor and served clients by assisting them in retirement, education, estate, and insurance planning. His research interests include investments, financial intermediation, retirement and employee benefits, and behavioral finance

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Asa Lambert

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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Asa Lambert

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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Amanda Olsen

Amanda Olsen entered the doctoral program in the fall of 2017.  She received her BS in mathematics from LaGrange College in LaGrange, GA in 2010 and her MS in finance from Kaplan University in 2013.  Prior to joining the doctoral program, she worked for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and Total Systems (TSYS), an international credit card processing company.  At TSYS, she had been promoted within the banking terms and conditions department and was responsible for the maintenance of credit card transactions in excess of $1 billion.  Her research interests include banking, corporate finance, and corporate governance.

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Amanda Olsen

Amanda Olsen entered the doctoral program in the fall of 2017.  She received her BS in mathematics from LaGrange College in LaGrange, GA in 2010 and her MS in finance from Kaplan University in 2013.  Prior to joining the doctoral program, she worked for Wells Fargo Bank, N.A. and Total Systems (TSYS), an international credit card processing company.  At TSYS, she had been promoted within the banking terms and conditions department and was responsible for the maintenance of credit card transactions in excess of $1 billion.  Her research interests include banking, corporate finance, and corporate governance.

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Guanhuan (Jack) Wang

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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Miaoyin (Alexandra) Zhang

Alex Zhang joined the UT Department of Finance PhD program in August 2018. She received her BBM in international business from Huazhong University of Science and Technology in Wuhan, China, and her MS in finance from Johns Hopkins University, Washington D.C.