Athena Zhang

Athena Zhang

Assistant Professor, Finance and International Business
Faculty, Graduate Study in Business

Phone:(607) 274-5128
Office:435 Park Center
Ithaca, NY 14850


Ph.D.    Washington State University, Pullman, WA (Finance)

M.S.     University of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China (Finance)

B.S.      Universtiy of International Business and Economics, Beijing, China (Economics)

Courses Recently Taught

  • Business Finance
  • Personal Finance
  • Financial Accounting
  • First-Year Trading Room Seminar
  • Financial Analysis and Forecasting

Academic Appointments 

2009-present   Assistant Professor of Finance, Ithaca College

Professional Experience

2001-2003  Senior Accountant, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Beijing, China

Professional Affiliations

  • American Finance Association
  • Financial Management Association
  • Midwest Finance Association

Research Interests

  • Mergers and Acquisitions
  • Insider Trading

Refereed Journal Publications

“Market Condition and Merger Performance” 2013, International Research Journal of Applied Finance, Vol. 4 Issue 12

“Heterogeneous Market Responses and the Listing Effect in M&A,” with Qingzhong Ma and David A. Whidbee,    Quarterly Journal of Finance2012. 

"Value, Valuation, and the Long-run Performance of Merged Firms", with Qingzhong Ma and David Whidbee,        Journal of Corporate Finance, 2011, Issue 1, page 1-17.

"Cash Payout & Long Run Performance of Mergers", with Alka Bramhandkar, International Research Journal of Applied FinanceJuly, 2012

 “Stock Performance of Acquiring Listed and Unlisted Lodging Assets”,  with Qingzhong Ma, Namir Chowdhury, Cornell Hospitality Quarterly, 52 (3), 291-30l.

"Shareholder Rights, Financial Systems, and IPO Underpricing Across Countries", with Alka BramhandKar,            Journal of Current Research in Global Business, winter 2011

"Cash Payout in Mergers and Acquisitions", with Alka Bramhandkar, Journal of Current Research in Global Business, winter 2011

"Public or Private? The Hospitality Investment Decision", with Qingzhong Ma, Cornell Hospitality Report, Decemeber 2010, Vol. 10, No. 17.