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Giovanni Fernandez, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Finance
School of Business Administration

  • B.A., Florida International University
  • Ph.D., Florida International University

Giovanni Fernandez is a Miami Beach native who has lived in a large city all his life, taught at a large school and said he wants a “change of pace.” He looks forward to living in a smaller community and teaching smaller classes in a smaller school.

“Teaching is much more enjoyable with smaller classes,” Fernandez said. “It allows one to truly understand the students’ needs.”

Fernandez teaches Business Finance, Advanced Financial Management and Statistics, but he has numerous areas of teaching interests, including the “exciting field” of sports finance. Research interests include bankruptcy, mutual fund performance and microstructure.

“The literature on mutual fund performance is extensive, but many questions are still left unanswered, and mutual funds make up a large portion of most people’s investments,” he said. “I also enjoy research on bankruptcy prediction.”

His FIU undergraduate degree is in Finance, and he has instructed there in Financial Management classes since 2010. Before that, he was a teaching assistant for three years. Fernandez presented a conference paper on mutual fund performance last year and has numerous working papers and works in progress.

Fernandez is a first-generation Cuban American who enjoys travel, “a good cigar,” exercising and eating out at different restaurants. The latter two “don’t sound like they mix, but one compensates for the other. And I love the Food Network, but I can count on one hand how many times I’ve cooked.”


Business Finance
Principles of Insurance and Risk Management
Sports Finance
Advanced Financial Management


Office: Lynn Business Center, 314-A
Tel: 386-822-7395
FAX: 386-822-7491

Giovanni Fernandez