Brian Davis

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Associate Clinical Professor, Discipline Coordinator

Department Finance
Office Address 365 Business Building
Phone Number 814-865-9590
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Brian S. Davis, Clinical Assistant Professor of Finance
Brian Davis comes to Smeal from York College of Pennsylvania, where he served as assistant professor of management since 2006. He has also served on the faculty at Ohio University and at the University at Albany-SUNY, where he earned his Ph.D. in Public Administration and Policy. Prior to joining academia, Davis worked as an economic consultant to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

In addition to his Ph.D., Davis holds a bachelor's degree in Economics from Colgate University and a master's degree in Economics from George Mason University.


International Financial Services Regulation, The Basel Accords, Oil Markets, Welfare and Social Service Reform and Public Finance


Ph D, Public Policy and Administration (Organizational Theory and Behavior), State University of New York at Albany, 2006

MA, Economics (Public Finance, Monetary Economics), George Mason University, 1996

BA, Economics (Monetary Economics, Labor Economics, International Economics), Colgate University, 1990

Courses Taught

FIN 408 – Fin Mrkts and Insts (3)
Functional analysis of major credit institutions; sources and uses of funds; impact of government regulation.

FIN 494H – Research Projects (Variable)
Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

FIN 408H – Fin Mkts Inst Hnr (3)
Introduction to bonds, equities, derivatives, and financial institutions including insurance, pension funds and mutual funds. FIN 408H - Financial Markets and Institutions (Honors) (3) Finance 408H is about financial institutions and markets. The markets section will include approximately 9 classes on debt markets, and another nine classes on equity markets (e.g. NYSE, NASDAQ) and derivatives (options and futures). The primary institutions covered in this course include insurance companies, mutual funds, pension funds, securities firms, and investment banks. We hope to include an analysis of personal financial planning issues as well. Reading assignments at various web sites will be made. The course will include weekly spreadsheet assignments that focus on the course concepts presented in class. These assignments ought to provide a rigorous understanding of the concepts recently presented in class and they will develop and improve the students' Excel skills. The overarching objective is for each student to develop an understanding of markets and institutions that will provide lifetime enjoyment.

FIN 596 – Individual Studies (1)

BA 595 – Internship (3)
Supervised off-campus, nongroup instruction, including field experiences, practicums, or internships. Written and oral critique of activity required.

FIN 494 – Research Projects (Variable)
Supervised student activities on research projects identified on an individual or small-group basis.

PSU 006 – First-Year Seminar Business (1)
Facilitate student's adjustment to the high expectations, demanding workload, increased academic liberties, and other aspects of the transition to college life.

FIN 496 – Independent Studies (Variable)
Creative projects, including research and design, which are supervised on an individual basis and which fall outside the scope of formal courses.

FIN 555 – Global Finance (3)
International Finance

FIN 305W (3)
Development of advanced practices of financial management and their application to decision making in a business firm.

Selected Publications

Bittner G., Davis B., "United States and Economic Nationalism." Wiener Blatter-zur friedensforschung, vol. 140, 2009,
Davis B., Job Satisfaction in the Public Sector, vol. 33, no. 1, 2005,
Davis B., Basel I and Basel II: Understanding Policy and Process., (VDM Publishing), pp. 237 pages,


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