Heather Knewtson

Heather Knewtson


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  • Assistant Professor of Finance, College of Business
  • PhD, Finance, Washington State University


Dr. Knewtson earned a Bachelor’s in Actuarial Science from Roosevelt University in 1999, working in industry as a pension actuary. Knewtson earned a Master’s in Applied Economics (2010) and Doctorate in Business Administration – Finance (2011), both from Washington State University. Knewtson’s research focuses on insider trading and investor sentiment, with publications in the Financial Analysts Journal, the Journal of Business Research, the International Review of Economics and Finance, the Journal of Financial Education, and Managerial Finance.

Dr. Knewtson teaches Equity Analysis, Investment Analysis and Principles of Finance. Knewtson was inducted into Michigan Tech’s Academy of Teaching Excellence in 2018 and into Michigan Tech's Dean's Teaching Showcase in 2017. In 2013, Knewtson received the College of Business Administration Dean's Teaching Award as a faculty member at Central Michigan University. In 2010, Knewtson received Washington State University's Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Knewtson serves as a Director and Secretary-Elect of the Academy of Finance. Knewtson serves at St. Ignatius Loyola Parish as a lector and in the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette as a member of the Diocesan Finance Council. At Michigan Tech, Knewtson serves as faculty advisor for the Finance Club and as a member of the College of Business Undergraduate Programs Committee. Knewtson is a flutist in the Copper Country Community Band.

Teaching Interests

  • Principles of Finance
  • Investment Analysis
  • Equity Analysis

Research Interests

  • Insider Trading & Managerial Compensation
  • Investor Attention & Sentiment
  • Market Efficiency & Perceived Mispricing