Walker K. Hughen, Ph.D.

Walker K. Hughen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Professor Hughen joined Sacred Heart University in 2015. Previously he held positions at University of North Carolina at Charlotte, University of Connecticut, University of California at Berkeley, and Duke University, where he taught courses in both Finance and Mathematics. He has also worked (briefly) as a quantitative analyst at an energy company.

Degrees and Certifications

    • Ph.D., Finance, August 2007
      University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
      Dissertation: A Maximal Affine Stochastic Volatility Model for Commodity Prices
      Coursework and prelims completed at University of California, Berkeley, CA

    • Ph.D., Mathematics, May 1995
      Duke University, Durham, NC
      Dissertation: The Sub-Riemannian Geometry of Three-Manifolds

    • B.S. magna cum laude, Mathematics, June 1988
      University of Georgia, Athens, GA

Teaching Responsibilities

    • Investment Management
    • Corporate Finance
    • Fixed Income Securities

Research Interests and Grants

    Professor Hughen’s main teaching and research interests lie in options and derivatives, commodity markets, and term structure models. 

    • Investments
    • Asset Pricing
    • Commodities
    • Energy Finance
    • Real Options
    • Fixed Income
    • Derivatives

Awards and Fellowships

    • Belk College Best Paper Award, 2015, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • Dean’s Scholar Grant, 2013, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • Belk Summer Research Grant, 2012, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • Belk Summer Research Grant, 2011, University of North Carolina at Charlotte
    • Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for 2003-2004, UC Berkeley
    • Dean’s Award for Excellence in Teaching (nominated), 1994, 1995, Duke University
    • L.P. and Barbara Smith Teaching Award, 1993, 1994, Duke University
    • Strahan Mathematics Award, 1987, University of Georgi

Publications and Presentations

Walker K. Hughen

Contact Information

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