Contact Information & Background
Director, International Affairs Program
Department of Management & Business
Office: PMH 212
Aiwu Zhao completed her B.S. degree in Economics at Tsinghua University in China.
She got a master’s degree in Financial Economics in 2003 and then received her Ph.D.
in Finance in 2008, both at Kent State University. Before switching her career to
academia, Aiwu worked as a reporter in a nation-wide newspaper in China for six years.
Aiwu’s primary teaching interests are corporate finance, investments, and global financial institutions. In addition to finance courses, Aiwu teaches first-year-experience seminar on topics related capitalism and globalization. She also works closely with students on various research projects ranging from corporate governance, emerging markets, to capital market efficiency. Besides teaching college students, Aiwu also had experiences in training new hires for top financial firms on Wall Street.
Aiwu’s research interests concentrate on corporate finance, investments, and international finance. She tackles research topics in corporate finance with a focus on agency cost and real options theories, a challenging field that is related to risk dynamics and strategic decisions, both are underdeveloped territories yet with potential to bring breakthrough to corporate finance studies. She also investigates market efficiency of several capital markets, such as that of U.S., Vietnam, and China.
Aiwu enjoys traveling. During her media and finance career in both the western and eastern world, she visited almost half of the 32 provinces, autonomous regions and municipalities on china’s mainland and five European countries. Aiwu now lives in Saratoga Springs with her husband Peng and daughter Stacy.