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Associate Professor of Finance and the David A. Thompson Distinguished Scholar of Applied Investments, Appalachian State University

Dr. Brandy Hadley is an associate professor of finance and the David A. Thompson Distinguished Scholar of Applied Investments at Appalachian State University. She earned her Ph.D in Finance from the University of Tennessee with a Collateral in Economics. She teaches courses in FinTech & InsureTech, Corporate Finance, Financial Modeling & Valuation, and Investments. In addition, she has facilitated executive training in Data Analytics & Programming as a Teaching & Research Fellow with the Center for Analytics Research & Education at Appalachian State. Dr. Hadley is an active researcher in the areas of Corporate Governance and Political Financial Influence. Her 16 research articles have been published in the Journal of Corporate Finance, The Financial Review, European Financial Management, Managerial Finance, the Journal of Applied Financial Research, and the Journal of Financial and Economic Practice, among other academic and trade journals, earning four Best Paper Awards. In addition, she has made over 35 presentations at national and international industry conferences and has contributed as a financial expert to outlets such as MarketWatch, Bloomberg, and The Conversation.


  • 2022–present
    Associate Professor of Finance, Appalachian State University
  • 2017–2022
    Assistant Professor of Finance, Appalachian State University
  • 2015–2017
    Assistant Professor of Finance, California State University San Bernardino


  • 2015 
    University of Tennessee, Ph.D., Finance with a Collateral in Economics
  • 2011 
    Appalachian State University, MBA, Concentration in International Business
  • 2009 
    Appalachian State University, B.S.B.A, Finance & Banking and Risk Management & Insurance


  • 2022
    Game of Thrones: Internal CEO Succession & Outcomes, European Financial Management
  • 2021
    Financial consequences of reputational damage: Evidence from government economic incentives, Financial Review
  • 2021
    When CEOs Adapt: Manager Experience, Policy and Performance Following Recessions, Journal of Corporate Finance
  • 2020
    Political Sensitivity in the U.S. Bond Market: Evidence from Government Contractors, Corporate Governance
  • 2019
    Executive Compensation and Political Sensitivity: Evidence from Government Contractors, Journal of Corporate Finance
  • 2017
    Determinants of Disclosures of Alternative Pay Measures and Their Role in Say on Pay Approval, Managerial Finance