Yelin Zhang, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Finance

Dr. Yelin Zhang teaches Principals of Finance at undergraduate level, Advanced Corporate Finance and Alternative Investments in Financial Markets at graduate level. Dr. Zhang’s research interest covers corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance,...

Yelin Zhang

Contact Information

Education & Curriculum Vitae

Ph.D.,Finance, Schulich School of Business, York University, Canada
M.S., Finance, Auburn University, USA
B.S., Material Science and Control Engineering, University of Shanghai for Science and Technology, China

Courses Taught

BFIN 320 - Principals of Finance

MBUS 662 - Advanced Corporate Finance

MBUS 699 - Alternative Investments in Financial Markets


Dr. Yelin Zhang teaches Principals of Finance at undergraduate level, Advanced Corporate Finance and Alternative Investments in Financial Markets at graduate level. 

Dr. Zhang’s research interest covers corporate finance, entrepreneurial finance, and financial markets. His research works are published in Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance, Journal of International Financial Markets Institutions &Money, Small Business Economics, Emerging Markets Review and Oxford Review of Economic Policy. He has presented scholarly works at Northern Finance Association annual meeting, Financial Management Association international conference, Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, Small Business Economics entrepreneurship conference and Canadian Law and Economics Association’s Annual Conference. 

Dr. Zhang’s expertise in finance allows him to serve frequently as a referee for internationally reputable journals and academic conferences, including the Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice, British Journal of Management, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Banking and Finance and Financial Management Association International Annual Meeting, among others. 

Journal Publications:

  • Quality Revealing Versus Overstating in Equity Crowdfunding, with Sofia Johan, Journal of Corporate Finance, forthcoming
  • The Role of Diligence in Crowdfunding Platforms, with Douglas Cumming and Sofia Johan, Journal of Banking and Finance, Volume 108, November 2019, 105661
  • What is mutual fund flow?, with Douglas Cumming and Sofia Johan, Journal of International Financial Markets, Institutions & Money, Volume 62, September 2019
  • Public policy towards entrepreneurial finance: spillovers and the scale-up gap, with Douglas Cumming and Sofia Johan, Oxford Review of Economic Policy, Volume 34, Issue 4, September 2018
  • Governance in Entrepreneurial Ecosystems: Venture Capitalists vs. Technology Parks, with Douglas Cumming and Jochen Christian Werth, Small Business Economics, 2017
  • Alternative Investments in Emerging Markets: A Review and New Trends, with Douglas Cumming, Emerging Markets Review, Volume 29, December 2016

Other Publications:

  • Chapter "Collaboration in Entrepreneurial Finance”, with Douglas Cumming and Sofia Johan, The Oxford Handbook of Entrepreneurship and Collaboration, Oxford University Press; ISBN: 9780190633899, September 2019
  • 2016 Alternative Finance Crowdfunding in Canada (Industry Report), as Primary Research Team Member, National Crowdfunding & Fintech Association of Canada, December 13, 2016
  • A Dissection of Mutual Fund Fees, Flows and Performance, with Douglas Cumming and Sofia Johan, The Canadian Securities Administrators (CSA), October 22, 2015

Ad-Hoc Journal Reviewer:

  • Entrepreneurship Theory and Practice
  • British Journal of Management
  • Journal of Corporate Finance
  • Journal of Banking and Finance
  • Emerging Markets Review
  • Small Business Economics
  • Corporate Governance: An International Review
  • The European Journal of Finance
  • Journal of Industrial and Business Economics
  • Eurasian Business Review
  • International Journal of Revenue Management
  • Asia-Pacific Journal of Financial Studies
  • Economics and Business Letters
  • Journal of Financial Research
  • International Journal of Business and Systems Research

Academic Service as Conference Organizer:

  • Financial Management Association 2018 Annual Meeting, session chair
  • Financial Management Association 2019 Annual Meeting, program committee member, session chair
  • Financial Management Association 2020 Annual Meeting (Virtual Conference), program committee member, session chair

Editorial Board Member:

  • International Journal of Business and Systems Research