Amin Shams joined the Department of Finance at Fisher College of Business in 2019. He earned his Ph.D. in Finance at 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.

He has published on potential manipulation of the Volatility Index (VIX) derivatives in the Review of Financial Studies and has other research projects on derivatives and market volatility. He also has research projects on FinTech and 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
  • 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