Amin Shams joined the Department of Finance at Fisher College of Business in 2019. He earned his Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to his Ph.D., Amin received an MA degree in Global Policy Studies specializing in International Trade and Finance from the LBJ School of Public Affairs. His primary research interests are empirical asset pricing with a focus on FinTech and derivative markets.

His works on market manipulation of the Volatility Index (VIX) derivatives and Bitcoin prices have been published in top finance journals. He has other research projects on FinTech and the cryptocurrency market. His research has appeared in media outlets such as Bloomberg, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, U.S. News, Reuters, and Los Angeles Times. Professor Shams teaches FinTech to undergraduate and graduate students at Fisher.

Areas of Expertise

  • Asset Pricing
  • Derivatives
  • Financial Markets
  • FinTech
  • Investments
Real Estate
  • Real Estate


Ph.D. in Finance, University of Texas at Austin

M.A. in Global Policy Studies specializing in International Trade and Finance, LBJ School of Public Affairs


BUSFIN 4234 - FinTech
'FinTech' refers to financial sector innovations involving technology-enabled business models that can facilitate disintermediation, revolutionize how existing firms create and deliver products and services, address privacy, regulatory and law-enforcement challenges, provide new gateways for entrepreneurship, and seed opportunities for inclusive growth. Prereq: 4211 and 4221.
BUSFIN 7234 - FinTech
Financial technology (FinTech) is revolutionary and rapidly changing the financial services industries. This graduate course provides an introduction to FinTech such as blockchain, cryptocurrencies (e.g., Bitcoin and Ethereum), alternative lending, machine learning, and robo-advising. Prereq: MBA 6223, or concur BusFin 7210 or 7220 or 7230, or enrollment in SMB-Finance program.