Stephen S. Smith Center



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Steven Frankel, Ph.D.

Academic Coordinator, Smith Scholars Program

Professor Steven Frankel received his Ph.D. from the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago in 1997. Upon graduation, Professor Frankel joined the faculty at the American University of Paris, where he received the Board of Trustees Award for Distinguished Teaching in 2001. In 2003, Professor Frankel moved to Xavier where he teaches for the Department of Philosophy and Philosophy, Politics, and the Public (PPP).  At Xavier, he established an international exchange program and a summer study program with the University of Paris.  He also established a summer study program with the Jesuits at the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Jerusalem. In 2017, the Xavier student body selected Professor Frankel as the "Bishop Fenwick Teacher of the Year.”


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R. Stafford Johnson, Ph.D.

Director, Smith Center

R. Stafford Johnson is Director of the Smith Center and Professor of Finance at the Williams College of Business.  Since receiving his Ph.D in Economics from the University of Kentucky in 1975, he has taught at Central Michigan University, Southern Illinois University, University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and the University of Connecticut. He also was the Director for Research, Center for Public Affairs, University of Kentucky and Research Economist for the Center for Energy Research. At Xavier, he was department chair from 1988-1998, fund professor of the Xavier Student Investment Bond and Equity Funds from 2004 to 2010, and the Director of the Fifth-Third Trading Center from 2010-2011. In 2011 and 2015, he served as the Interim Dean of the Williams College of Business. His current research focuses on option pricing, fixed-income and debt management, efficient gambling markets, monetary theory, and international economics. He is the author of five monographs and seven books:  Equity Markets and Analysis, Derivative Markets and AnalysisOptions and FuturesIntroduction to Derivatives, two editions  of Bond Evaluation, Selection, and Management, and  Debt Markets and Analysis.  He has also authored or co-authored over 50 academic articles. Professor Johnson teaches undergraduate and MBA classes in investments, options and futures markets, debt markets, financial markets, and global finance. He was twice the recipient of the Delta Sigma Pi Teacher of the Year Award and recipient of the Williams College of Business MBA Teacher of Year Award.


Smith Professors

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Kathleen McGarvey Hidy, J.D.


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John Ray, Ph.D.


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Timothy Quinn, Ph.D.

Professor and Chair, Philosophy Department

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Dr. Thomas Strunk

Associate Professor of Classics

Director, Classics and Philosophy Honors Program

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Dr. E. Paul Colella 

Professor, Philosophy Department

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David Yi, Ph.D.


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Dr. Hasan Faruq

Professor and Chair, Economics Department

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Dr. Kan Yue, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Economics Department

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Dr. Nancy Bertaux

Professor, Economics Department






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