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Assistant Professor, Personal and Family Financial Planning, University of Arizona

Dr. Thomas Korankye is a Certified Financial Planning (CFP®) professional with over 10 years of teaching and research experience from universities in the United States and Ghana. Currently, he is an Assistant Professor in Personal and Family Financial Planning at the University of Arizona’s Norton School of Family and Consumer Sciences. He has a MS and PhD in Personal Financial Planning from Texas Tech University. He also has other MS degrees, two in Finance and one in International Fisheries Management from the United States, Sweden, and Norway, respectively. His industry experience includes serving as a finance consultant, financial coach, and entrepreneur. With over 10 publications in peer-reviewed journals, Dr. Korankye’s current research focuses on families and individuals' financial decisions and well-being.


  • 2020–present
    Assistant Professor, University of Arizona


  • 2020 
    Texas Tech University, Ph.D. Personal Financial Planning


  • 2021
    Applied Economics Letters, Korankye, & Guillemette, M. (2021). Student debt and stock-ownership decisions of U.S. households. Applied Economics Letters, 28(5), 387–390.
  • 2021
    Journal of Personal Finance, Thomas Korankye, & Charlene M Kalenkoski. (2021). Student Loan Debt and Financial Well-Being of the Borrower: Does It Matter Whom the Debt Is For? Journal of Personal Finance, 20(2), 74–88.
  • 2021
    Journal of Family and Economic Issues, Korankye, & Kalenkoski, C. M. (2021). The Effect of Households’ Student Debt on Life Satisfaction. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 42(4), 757–772.

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