Yi Zhou

Yi Zhou, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Phone: (415) 338-2661
Email: yizhou88@sfsu.edu
Location: CA 251G


Office Hours:

  • MONDAYS:            7:00 - 8:00 AM
  • WEDNESDAYS:     7:00 - 8:00 AM and 12:15--13:15 PM (Online)



Professor Yi Zhou is an associate professor of finance at San Francisco State University (SFSU). Her research interests are Empirical Asset Pricing, Derivatives, Credit Risk, Default Risk, Volatility, and Art and Finance. 

Professor Yi Zhou's publication record comprises nine (9) published papers, three (3) of which are published in the Journal of Financial Economics (JFE) (2016 and 2017) and the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis (JFQA) (2019), both of which the Financial Times designates as a top-fifty journal used in business school research rankings. Both journals are among two (2) of the top-four (4) journals in finance and on the list of the twenty-four (24) leading journals used for the University of Texas at Dallas top-100 business school research rankings Her six (6) other papers are published in the Journal of Banking and Finance (JBF) (2013), Journal of Empirical Finance (JEF) (2015), European Journal of Finance (EJF) (2017), Journal of Financial Markets (JFM) (2022), Journal of Cultural Economics (JCE) (2022), and Financial Management (FM) (2023).

Professor Yi Zhou's papers have been awarded the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP) Research Award (2009 and 2013), the American Association of Individual Investors Award (2013), and the Center for Hedge Fund Research (CHFR) Award (2009). Her papers have been awarded the Publication Incentive Award of LFCoB three (3) years in a row for 2022–2023, 2021–2022, and 2020–2021, and the Exemplary Research Award two (2) years in a row for both 2017–2018 and 2016–2017. In 2017, she won the Development of Research and Creativity (DRC) Grant, a prestigious and highly selective award/grant, funded by the California State University (CSU) Chancellor’s Office. Additionally, she won the Pacific Basin Finance Journal Research Excellence Award in 2016.

Professor Yi Zhou is in the top 10% of authors on the Social Science Research Network (SSRN) by total new downloads and by all-time downloads. Her papers have been on the SSRN's Top 10 download list in various fields.

Professor Yi Zhou has taught various courses in Investment, Derivatives, Risk Management, Business Finance, and Corporate Finance.

Professor Yi Zhou has served as the Academic Senator representing the Lam Family College of Business in the Academic Senate from 2018 to 2023, the Curriculum Review & Approval Committee (C.R.A.C.) from 2018 to 2019,  the Academic Program Review Committee (A.P.R.C.) from 2017 to 2019, the Academic Master Plan from 2018 to 2019, and the Faculty Affairs Committee (F.A.C.) from 2019 to 2023. She is currently serving on the Professional Development Council (P.D.C.) and Library Advisory Committee (L.A.C.).

Professor Yi Zhou holds a PhD in Finance, MA in Statistics, and MA in Economics from the University of California, Los Angeles. She also holds a MA in Astrophysics from the University of California, Berkeley.