Heather Knewtson

Heather Knewtson


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  • Assistant Professor of Finance, College of Business
  • PhD, Finance, Washington State University, 2011
  • MA, Applied Economics, Washington State University, 2010
  • BA, Actuarial Science, Roosevelt University, 1999


Dr. Knewtson earned a Bachelor of Arts in Actuarial Science from Roosevelt University in 1999, working in industry as a pension actuary. Knewtson earned a Master of Arts in Applied Economics (2010) and Doctorate in Business Administration – Finance (2011), both from Washington State University. Knewtson researches financial technology (FinTech), 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 has been nominated for Michigan Technological University’s Distinguished Teaching Award three times (2018, 2019 and 2020). 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, Program Chair and President-Elect for the 2021 MBAA Academy of Finance Annual Meeting. Knewtson serves the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette as a member of the Diocesan Finance Council. At Michigan Technological University, Knewtson serves as faculty advisor for the Finance Club and as a member of the College of Business Undergraduate Programs, Ad Hoc Building, and Ad Hoc Technology Committees.

Teaching Interests

  • Derivatives and Financial Engineering
  • Equity Analysis
  • Investment Analysis
  • Principles of Finance

Research Interests

  • FinTech
  • Insider Trading
  • Investor Attention
  • Market Efficiency