Xinting Zhen Assistant Professor of Business Administration

Xinting Zhen


Ph.D Illinois Institute of Technology
M.B.A University of the Pacific

Areas of Expertise:
Empirical Corporate Finance
Financial Institutions and Markets
Risk Management

Courses I Teach:
Business Finance


My research interests are in the areas of financial intermediaries, capital markets, risk management and corporate governance. My research consists of a series of empirical investigations into the links between bank competition, bank regulation, the loan market, and the product market.

Awards & Recognition

American Economic Association
Financial Management Association

Recent News

Xinting Zhen, assistant professor of business administration at Saint Michael’s, recently achieved another research publication in June 2021. Xinting’s research paper, “Banking Deregulation and Investment Cash Flow Sensitivity”, co-authored with Dawei Jin, Haizhi Wang,  and Tianyu Zhao,  has been published in Review of Business in June 2021.
(posted July 2021)

Xinting Zhen of the College’s business faculty co-authored with Desheng Yin, “Employment Protection and Banking Power: Evidence from Adoption of Wrongful Discharge Laws,” in the journal Sustainability. 2021; Volume 13 (No.4):1635.  This article belongs to the Special Issue “Harnessing Sustainability to Corporate Finance and Financial Institutions).” Xinting alsoadvises a student team preparing for the Chartered Financial Analysts (CFA) Challenge, an annual global competition to be held in February. In December, she joined with Brandon Majmudar of Institutional Advancement to arrange for three highly successful alumni finance professionals to be practice “judges” for the five students of the team, who made a virtual presentation and received helpful feedback from the alumni judges, much as will happen in the actual competition. The alumni volunteer judges were: Grace Hoefig ’81 (Senior Vice president/director of research and portfolio manager for Franklin Templeton Investments; Robert Hopper ’94 director of high yield and emerging market corporate credit research for AllianceBernstein; and Dan Lagan ’87 (CFA, CEO/portfolio manager for Congress Asset Management Company). Business faculty joining the Zoom meeting were Karen Popovich, Steven Doyon, Paul Olsen along with Zhen.
(posted February 2021)

Xinting Zhen, who joined the Saint Michael’s Department of Business Administration and Accounting in fall 2018 to teach finance, obtained a research award recently from Emerald Publishing. Her doctoral research entitled “Three essays in financial institutions and corporate finance,’ has been chosen by the editorial team of Managerial Finance as a Highly Commended Award winner of the 2018 Emerald/EFMD Outstanding Doctoral Research Awards in the Finance category.  Founded in 1967, Emerald Publishing has continued to champion innovative ideas that ‘would advance the research and practice of business and management.’ The Awards help to foster, celebrate, encourage and recognize excellence in scholarly research all over the world. Xinting also had a research paper entitled ‘Whom you borrow from matters: Universal banks and firm innovation,’ co-authored with Haizhi Wang, Desheng Yin, and Xiaotian Zhang, which has been published by Managerial Finance on April 6, 2019.”
(posted February 2020)

Xinting Zhen of the Saint Michael’s business and accounting faculty led and mentored the College’s team that traveled to Manhattan to participate in the Americas Regional CFA Institute Research Challenge in late April. The CFA Research Challenge is an annual global equity research competition that “provides university students with hands-on mentoring and intensive training in financial analysis. Working in teams, students gain real-world experience as they assume the role of research analysts and are judged on their ability to value a stock, write a research report, and present their recommendations.” The Saint Michael’s team won Vermont, and so competed against more than 50 colleges and universities from throughout the world. Paul Olsen of the St. Mike’s business faculty was along on the trip, which included a visit to NASDAQ on Times Square.
(posted June 2019)

Xinting Zhen joined Saint Michael’s College at the start of fall semester as tenure-track faculty in business administration & accounting.
(posted January 2019)