QTM hosts a rich variety of visiting faculty and pre-doctoral students from around the world during the academic year and during the summer. These visiting faculty and pre-doctoral students engage in research, collaborate with Emory faculty on papers and other written material, deliver lectures, and participate in the Institute's many workshops, speakers series, and conferences, with the purpose of promoting quantitative literacy in all fields at Emory University.

Additionally, each year the Institute hosts a small number of undergraduate fellows who are active participants in the university's vital research environment.

Faculty & Pre-doctoral Fellows



Jue Ren / Assistant Professor of Finance in the M.J. Neeley School of Business, Texas Christian University 
  • Collaborating with Professor John Kim of the Department of Economics to develop a new measure of mutual fund performance accounting for the beta anomaly. She is planning to construct a model to explain the investment behavior and test the model implication by using mutual fund data.
  • Working with Professor Essie Maasoumi of the Department of Economics to apply stochastic dominance approach to measure mutual fund performance. This non-parametric framework has two advantages: 1) It imposes a minimal set of conditions on investors’ preferences; and 2) It analyzes the entire return distribution. She worked on this topic in her dissertation and plans to revise one dissertation chapter for journal submission during her fellowship at Emory.
  • Collaborating with Professors Kaiji Chen and Tao Zha of the Department of Economics on a paper related to China's rising shadow banking and its inextricably link to banks' balance-sheet risk that hampered the effectiveness of monetary policy on the banking system during the 2009-2015 period of monetary policy contractions. 
  • Collecting data with Professor John Kim on international equity markets, to explore the effects of social norms on financial markets.

Lauren Mattioli (pre-doctoral) / PhD candidate in the Department of Politics, Princeton University 

Lauren Mattioli is a doctoral candidate at Princeton University, QTM fellow, and instructor in Emory’s political science department. Lauren studies American political institutions. Her dissertation focusses on how presidents interact with the federal judiciary to pursue policy goals. For the 2017-2018 academic year Lauren is teaching undergraduate Research Design and developing a book manuscript based on her dissertation research.

Paul Zachary (pre-doctoral) / PhD candidate in the Department of Political Science, University of California, San Diego

Paul Zachary is a PhD candidate in political science at the University of California, San Diego and a visiting scholar at Emory University's Institute for Quantitative Theory and Methods. His research focuses on the behavioral impacts of exposure to policing and crime. Methodologically, he is developing new tools to infer political and social context from social media data.

Ka Ming Fung (pre-doctoral) / PhD student in the Department of Earth and Atmospheric Sciences, Chinese University of Hong Kong

Ka Ming Fung's dissertation research develops new parameterizations for modeling sustainable farming practices in mechanistic climate-chemistry-biosphere models, including DNDC, GEOS-Chem and CESM, for studying their beneficial effects on global food production, air quality, and the environment. He is working with Prof. Eri Saikawa of Department of Environmental Sciences on a project to investigate how such farming practices would influence the global nitrogen cycles. 

Undergraduate Fellows



Isabel Goddard

Isabel is a QSS and Cultural Anthropology Major conducting a cross-cultural study of the gender of friendship-networks at the University of Copenhagen and at Emory. She will analyze how these relationships embody larger socio-cultural structures in American and Danish culture for her honors thesis. She is also a cellist in the Emory University Symphony Orchestra and and organizes student musical performances as president of Rock the Row. 

Isabel's project focuses on studying the relationship between increased population size and winning a tournament based on innate ability or hard work.

Ryan Joye

Ryan Joye is a senior pursuing a major in Quantitative Sciences with a concentration in Economics and a minor in Mathematics.  He is interested in the fields of statistics and data science. As a QTM fellow he is assisting Dr. Adam Glynn with his research focused on causal inference.

Zihan Qian

Zihan Qian is an Applied Math & Statistics and Economics double major. Zihan's research project focuses on spectral clusting and exploring Selected Personality Data from the SAPA project - a collaborative data collection tool for assessing psychological constructs across multiple dimensions of personality - using R. Zihan is working with Dr. Yunxiao Chen.

Eukyung Yhang

Eukyung Yhang is a senior in the College of Arts and Sciences double majoring in Quantitative Sciences and English & Creative Writing. She is interested in using statistics in the field of psychology and health. She has been working in the Bauer Memory Lab and currently doing a meta-analysis on the topic of emotional memory.