Department of Finance Faculty

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  • Wonhi Synn
    Wesley R. Elingburg Professor and Professor of Finance and Chair of the Department of Finance
    Koury Business Center 228
    2075 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5927
  • Adam Aiken
    Assistant Professor of Finance
    Koury Business Center 216
    2075 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5762

    My research interests include financial institutions and performance measurement, with a particular focus on hedge funds. My co-authors and I have a paper on hedge fund reporting biases that was published in the Review of Financial StudiesAnother paper on the use of discretionary liquidity restrictions by hedge funds was recently published in the Journal of Financial Economics. Our work on how funds-of-hedge-funds form their portfolios is published in Management Science. Recent work on the influence of ideology on the investment decisions of members of Congress has been accepted for publication by Management Science. 

    Our research has been featured by The Economist, The Financial Times, Alpha, and Reuters.

  • Jongwan Bae
    Assistant Professor of Finance
    Koury Business Center 251
    2075 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5921
  • Chris Baker
    Instructor in Finance
    Koury Business Center 312
    2075 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5362
  • Raj Gupta
    Associate Professor of Finance
    Koury Business Center 222
    2075 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5962

    Neeraj “Raj” J. Gupta, associate professor of finance at Elon University, has a doctorate in finance from the University of Connecticut, and is an active CFA charterholder.  He received an MBA from Babson College and a bachelor’s degree in engineering from the University of Delhi.  He has over ten years of industry experience in Asia, Europe, North America, and South America, having worked for Nestlé, Xerox, and Claridges Investments (a boutique asset management firm).

    Raj has taught various finance courses, including principles of finance, corporate finance, and investments, to undergraduate and MBA students at both Elon and UConn.  He has led study abroad business courses to the Pacific Rim (Australia, Cambodia, China, Hong Kong SAR, Indonesia, Macau SAR, Malaysia, Myanmar, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, and Vietnam) and to the Indo-Gulf (India and Dubai).

    His research interests are in investments, corporate finance, financial planning and international finance with ongoing research in sustainable investing, designing efficient retirement portfolios, valuing intangible investments, fund-flows & returns in emerging markets, and valuing long-dated options. His research has been published in high-quality peer-reviewed journals such as Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Economics and Finance, Financial Services Review, and others.

    In the recent past, Raj has consulted for The Clearing House, the Business North Carolina magazine, and the NC Special Court for Complex Business Cases.  He served as director of the Reed Finance Center at Elon University from 2013 to 2018.

  • Chris Harris
    Assistant Professor of Finance
    Sankey Hall 218A
    2075 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5909

    Dr. Harris has a passion for finance, specifically in understanding how individuals and companies manage the finite resources they have available to them.  He enjoys teaching classes that help students understand how companies make financial decisions, and how individuals can make wise financial decisions to achieve major financial goals.  When not thinking about finance, he loves to spend time with family playing and coaching sports, or working on their "farm".

    Dr. Harris received a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (2013) and a B.S. in Business Administration (Finance) from Middle Tennessee State University.  Prior to working at Elon he worked as a hedge fund analyst with Greenwich Alternative Investments.


  • Margarita Kaprielyan
    Assistant Professor of Finance
    Koury Business Center 114A
    2075 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5964
  • Todd Stonitsch
    Assistant Professor of Finance
    Koury Business Center 252
    2075 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5477
  • Kate Upton
    Assistant Professor of Finance and Director of the William Garrard Reed Finance Center
    Koury Business Center 214
    2075 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5469
  • Amanda Zamzes
    Business and Data Manager
    Global Commons 318
    2375 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-6700
  • Lin Zhao
    Assistant Professor of Finance
    Koury Business Center 220
    2075 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5963
  • Don Dancer
    Adjunct Professor of Finance
    Koury Business Center 121
    2075 Campus Box Elon, NC 27244
    (336) 278-5911

    Donald R. Dancer is an accomplished business executive and former General Counsel for three international corporations. He is a member of Elon University School of Law’s national advisory board.

    Dancer served at International Rectifier Corporation, a world leader in advanced power management semiconductor technology, from 2002 to 2009, as Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Acting Chief Executive Officer, and Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer.

    At General Electric Company, Dancer served in several executive and counsel positions from 1980 to 2002, including General Counsel for GE Industrial Systems Solutions in Duluth, Georgia from 1998 to 2002, General Counsel for GE Power Controls in Barcelona, Spain from 1997 to 1998, Counsel, Asia Pacific Operations, for GE Information Services and GE Electrical Distribution & Control, in Hong Kong, from 1995 to 1997, and Senior Vice President and General Counsel for GE Fanuc Automation NA, Inc. in Charlottesville, Virginia from 1987 to 1995.

    Dancer earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Virginia and his juris doctor degree from DePaul University.