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Sean M Davis

Associate Professor

Accounting & Finance | Coggin College of Business

Areas of Expertise

Teaching:  Investments, International Finance, Financial Markets

Research:  Mergers & Acquisitions, Short-selling, Growth Options, International Finance

      Dr. Davis has experience in the capital markets, corporate governance, and behavioral finance. He has also been involved in public/private M&A, venture capital deals and is currently focusing his research on growth options and mergers.


Ph.D. Florida Atlantic University - Finance (2011)
M.B.A. University of Rhode Island
B.A. Vassar College


      Dr. Davis joined UNF in 2011 and teaches Investments (FIN4504, FIN6515) as well as Advanced Financial Management (FIN6406) for Coggin College. He is the faculty advisor for the CFA Institute Research Challenge and advises the student Finance & Investment Society.

      He worked in high tech and financial services in various roles, and these experiences significantly influence and inform his teaching and research. Long an avid traveler, he has presented his research internationally and co-led multiple study abroad trips for the Coggin College International Business Flagship Program.   


Outstanding Finance Teacher of the Year, 2015, 2016, & 2017, University of North Florida

Grants and Contracts Awarded

Kip Fellow Research Grant - 2011 to 2013

Publications & Presentations

“Acquisition Experience and Production Resource Efficiency: Evidence from US Manufacturing Industries” Journal of Manufacturing Technology Management, 2019, 30:4, 772-795, with Dong-Young Kim.

"Short Interest in Mergers: Anomalies in the Overvaluation Hypothesis," Managerial Finance, 2018, 44:8, 972-991, with Jeffrey M. Coy and Fernando Guillen Solis.

"Premiums, announcement returns and desperation in high tech mergers: A growth options analysis," Journal of High Technology Management Research, 2017, 28, 61-78, with Jeff Madura.

"Growth Options and Acquisition Likelihood in High Tech," Journal of High Technology Management Research, 2015, 1-13, with Jeff Madura.

"How the Shift to Quality Distinguished Winners from Losers During the Financial Crisis" Journal of Behavioral Finance, 2012, 13:2, 81-92, with Jeff Madura.

"Global Diversification: A Longitudinal Analysis of Diversification's Impact on Firm Value" Global Business and Finance Review, 2009, 14:2, 159-175.

"Performance and Risk Among Types of Exchange-Traded Funds During the Financial Crisis" Guide to Exchange Traded Funds & Indexing Innovations, 2009, 1-7, with Jeff Madura and Marek Marciniak



Multinational Finance Society -- 2018 (Budapest)

World Finance Conference -- 2014 (Venice), 2010 (Portugal)

Eastern Finance Association -- 2013, 2010

Southern Finance Association -- 2013, 2010, 2009

Financial Management Association -- 2010, 2009

Midwest Finance Association -- 2010

European Financial Management Association -- 2009 (Turin)


Contact Information

Building 42, Room 3208

(904) 620-3928

Office Hours

FALL/SPRING: MW 4:00-5:50pm | 8:45-9:30PM -- appt preferred, phone and video options avail. SUMMER: email, phone, video only.