Dr. Rodriguez specializes in investments, derivatives, and international finance. His courses delve into derivative asset pricing, financial risk management, and the mechanics of futures, options, and forex trading. Additionally, Dr. Rodriguez's varied research interests include the impact of gender diversity on firm risk and institutional investor trading, the impact of moral hazard and information asymmetry on organizational decision-making, and drivers of salary differentials and inequities.
Co-Founder of EMU's Financial Empowerment and Equity Center (FEEC)
The Financial Empowerment and Equity Center (FEEC) seeks to advocate for and encourage all individuals to gain equal access to financial services and professional opportunities that can help them generate greater financial wellness and equity. FEEC aims to foster a culture of belonging, study the causes of wealth and socioeconomic disparities, and bridge the wealth gap that currently exists for women, underrepresented minorities, and vulnerable populations among students, faculty, staff, and local communities.
FEEC’s mission is to serve as an incubator for institutional organizations, programs, and initiatives that align well with FEEC’s purpose and advocate for impactful public policy to ensure women, underrepresented minorities, and vulnerable populations can better attain upward social and economic mobility, gain and/or preserve financial independence, and are better able to increase their wealth.
The FEEC aims to accomplish its mission through curricula-, service-, research-, awareness-, and advocacy-related activities.
Rodriguez, J., Dandapani, K., Lawrence, E. R. (2023). Does Board Gender Diversity Affect Firms Risk?Studies in Economics and Finance (Accepted)
Rodriguez, J., Lawrence, E.R. (2019). Institutional Investment Patterns in Gender Diverse Firms. Journal of Behavioral Finance 20(4) 437-450.