Qingzhong Ma, PhD

Dr. Qingzhong Ma earned his PhD in finance and business economics from University of Southern California Marshall School of Business. He also holds an MBA degree in finance from University of Oklahoma Michael F. Price College of Business and a bachelor of electronic engineering from Tsinghua University in Beijing, China.

Prior to joining California State University, Chico, Dr. Ma has taught at University of Southern California and Cornell University, where he won numerous teaching awards. At Chico State, Dr. Ma teaches the finance major required course “Investments” (FINA 351) and finance major elective “Financial Management: Applications” (FINA 480). In teaching, Dr. Ma emphasizes rigor of the contents, stimulates students’ interest in the subject matter, and helps students achieve their potential.

Dr. Ma maintains an active research agenda. His current research interests include mergers and acquisitions, insider trading, behavioral finance, stock market anomalies, investor sentiment, limits to arbitrage, etc. He has published academic articles in premier journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of Behavioral Finance, Journal of Business Research, and Management Science, among others. Dr. Ma has presented his research in leading national and international academic conferences such as the Financial Management Association (FMA) and the American Finance Association (AFA) annual conferences. For his research, Dr. Ma has won a first-place award at the Chicago Quantitative Association (CQA) academic competition. His research gained attention from both the investment profession and academia, including Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance. Dr. Ma’s cutting-edge research activities help enrich his quality teaching.

Dr. Ma enjoys thinking about important issues in research, teaching, and life while cooking for or golfing with his family.