Economics and Finance Faculty
CHAIR  
 

Kenneth Hunsader, Ph.D.
MCOB 330
251-414-8259
khunsader@southalabama.edu

Hunsader

Dr Hunsader received a Ph.D. and B.S. in Finance from Florida State University and has been teaching in the Mitchell College of Business at USA since 2003. Prior to earning his doctorate he was vice president of Hunsader Farms Inc., a family agricultural firm in Bradenton, Florida.

Dr. Hunsader’s research interest is primarily corporate finance in areas such as competitive strategy, transparency, and mergers and acquisitions. He is also interested in energy and futures markets. He has published in journals such as Applied Financial Economics, Quarterly Journal of Finance and Accounting, Financial Decisions, Review of Accounting and Finance, and Managerial Finance. Dr. Hunsader currently teaches the undergraduate courses Intermediate Business Finance, Multinational Finance, and Derivative Securities. He is also on the graduate faculty and teaches corporate finance courses in the MBA program. He is the faculty advisor for the student chapter of the Financial Management Association and was named the Mitchell College of Business Professor of the Year for 2009-2010 and 2012-2013.
 
 
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James Swofford, Ph.D.
Current Research | CV
MCOB 317
251-460-6705
jswoffor@southalabama.edu

james Swofford

Dr. Swofford received a B.A. in Economics and Political Science from the University of Richmond and a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Florida.

Dr. Swofford teaches Principles of Macroeconomics, Intermediate Microeconomics, Money and Banking, and Current Global Economic Issues. His research interests are in the microeconomic foundations of common currency areas and monetary aggregation and economic (Divisia) monetary aggregates.






ASSOCIATE PROFESSORS  

Philip Forbus, Ph.D.
MCOB 129
251-460-6708
pforbus@southalabama.edu

Dr. Forbus received a Ph.D. in economics from the University of Arkansas.

Dr. Forbus teaches Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Microeconomics, Current Global Economic Issues, and History of Economic Thought. His research interests are in economic development and macroeconomic theory.



Kenneth Hunsader, Ph.D.
MCOB 331
251-414-8259
khunsader@southalabama.edu

Hunsader

Dr. Hunsader received his Ph.D. (2005) and B.S. (1989) in Finance from Florida State University. He was vice president of a family agricultural firm in Bradenton, Florida, before earning his Ph.D.

Dr. Hunsader’s research interest is primarily corporate finance in areas such as competitive strategy, transparency, and mergers and acquisitions. He is also interested in energy and futures markets. He has published in journals such as Applied Financial Economics, Quarterly Journal of Finance and Accounting, and Financial Decisions. Dr. Hunsader currently teaches the undergraduate courses Business Finance, Multinational Finance, and Derivative Securities. He is also on the graduate faculty and teaches corporate finance courses in the MBA program. He is co-advisor of the FMA student association and was named the Mitchell College of Business Professor of the Year for 2009-2010.
 
 
ASSISTANT PROFESSORS

Ermanno Affuso, Ph.D.
MCOB 314
251-460-7908
eaffuso@southalabama.edu

eaffuso

Dr. Affuso received his Ph.D. in Applied Economics from Auburn University and a Masters degree in Civil Environmental Engineering from the Bari Polytechnical University, Italy. Prior to joining the Mithcell College of Business, he was the Andrew W. Mellon Faculty Fellow in the Department of Economics at Rhodes College in Memphis, TN.

Dr. Affuso has published in several scholarly journals and has given a number of invited lectures in several academic institutions in the U.S. and abroad. His research interests include applied microeconomics, environmental and natural resource economics, urban and regional economics and computational economics and econometrics. He currently teaches Principles of Microeconomics, Principles of Macroeconomics, Principles of Managerial Economics and Special Topics in Urban Economics.

 

Christopher M. Herrington, Ph.D.
MCOB 312
251-441-8053
cmherrington@southalabama.edu

Javine

Dr. Herrington joined the Mitchell College of Business faculty in August 2013 after completing a Ph.D. in Economics at Arizona State University (W.P. Carey School of Business) under the advisement of Professors Edward C. Prescott and Gustavo Ventura. A native of Birmingham, he attended Birmingham-Southern College as an undergraduate and completed a B.S. in Business Administration in 2005.

Dr. Herrington previously served as an Assistant Economist for the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond, and as a Research Analyst for the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. His research interests include macroeconomics, education, human capital, labor economics, and development. He currently teaches Principles of Microeconomics and Principles of Macroeconomics. For current versions of Dr. Herrington's research papers, please visit his site

 
 

Victoria Javine, Ph.D.
MCOB 334
251-461-1382
vjavine@southalabama.edu

Javine

Dr. Javine received a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Tennessee, Knoxville and a B.S. in Finance from the University of Alabama. She teaches Business Finance, Investments, and Security Analysis & Portfolio Management. Her research interests include investments, corporate governance, banking, and behavioral finance.



Gwendolyn Pennywell, Ph.D.
MCOB 310
251-461-1560
gpennywell@southalabama.edu

Pennywell

Dr. Pennywell joined the finance faculty in the fall of 2007. She received her B.S. in Electrical Engineering from Prairie View A&M University and her PhD in Finance from Georgia State University. Prior to beginning her academic career, Gwendolyn worked for a number of years as an engineer with Delphi Automotive Systems. She was involved in various aspects of automotive design and project management for tier one plants in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Dr. Pennywell teaches Business Finance, Financial Statement Analysis and Case Problems in Business Finance. Her research interests include earnings management and corporate governance.

 
 
STAFF

Lissa Williams
MCOB 315
251-460-7171
ldwillia@southalabama.edu


 

 
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