Dr. Han Xia

Assistant Professor of Finance

Sydney Smith Hicks Faculty Fellow

Xia joined the Naveen Jindal School of Management in 2011 after earning his PhD in finance from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

His research interests are in empirical and theoretical corporate finance with a focus on financial institutions, including credit ratings and rating agencies, and securitization. He teaches Financial Markets and Institutions at the graduate level.

Xia’s research has been published in The Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics and the Journal of Economics & Management Strategy.

“My research focuses on financial institutions, especially the agency problems these institutions face,” he said. “Financial institutions played an undeniable role in contributing to the 2008 financial crisis.  There is a tremendous opportunity for research to uncover the problems they face and to help policymakers carry out regulations that can avoid or manage a crisis like this in the future.”

Xia earned a master’s degree in financial economics from Oxford University, and a bachelor’s degree in finance and economics from Guangdong University of Foreign Studies.

Dr. Ashiq Ali

Naveen Jindal School of Management


In 2014, Dr. Sydney Smith Hicks established the faculty fellowship to recognize outstanding, early career assistant professors in the Naveen Jindal School of Management.


Xia’s achievements include a best paper award at the Entrepreneurial Finance and Innovation Conference in 2015; a competitive earmarked research grant from the Research Grants Council, Hong Kong for 2010-2012; a best paper award in corporate finance from Midwestern Finance Association in 2010; and a graduate student fellowship at the Kenan-Flagler Business School at UNC-Chapel Hill from 2007 to 2011.


“It is a great honor to be named the Sydney Smith Hicks Faculty Fellow. This fellowship is not just a reward. It is an inspiration for me to do more valuable research to contribute to my school and profession.”