Areas of Expertise
Teaching: Investments, International Finance, Financial Markets
Research: Mergers & Acquisitions, 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 undergraduate and graduate Investments for Coggin College. He previously taught Advanced Managerial Finance, Investment Analysis and Principles of Financial Management while at Florida Atlantic University.
Long an avid traveler, he has presented his research internationally and co-led two study abroad trips to Italy. In 2016, Dr. Davis will co-lead a trip to London & Paris with Prof. Mark Leininger.
He successfully escaped from corporate life in 2003 and is delighted with the transition to academia. He worked in high tech and financial services in various roles as a manager, executive, and entrepreneur, and these experiences significantly influence and inform both his teaching and research.
Outstanding Finance Teacher of the Year, 2015, University of North Florida
Grants and Contracts Awarded
Kip Fellow Research Grant - 2011 to 2013
Publications & Presentations
"Premiums, announcement returns and desperation in high tech mergers: A growth options analysis," Journal of High Technology Management Research, forthcoming, 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
World Finance Conference – 2014, 2010
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