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Thomas Root, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Finance

Thomas Root holds four degrees including a Ph.D. in Economics from the University of Kansas. He also serves as an economic advisor on the River Glen Investment Policy Committee. He has been teaching finance at Drake University since 1999. He has received the Graduate Teaching Award and the College of Business Research Award. He published in many academic journals such as Quarterly Journal of Accounting and Finance; Journal of Business and Behavioral Sciences; International Business: Research, Teaching and Practice; International Research Journal of Applied Finance; Journal of the Academy of Business Education; Energy Economics; Journal of Financial Education; and International Review of Financial Analysis.   

Contact Information

Phone: 515-271-4163
Mailing Address:
    2507 University Ave
    Des Moines, IA 50311
Office: Aliber Hall 317


  • Ph.D., University of Kansas
  • M.A., University of Kansas
  • B.S., University of Kansas

Areas of Expertise

  • Economics
  • Economy
  • Global economy
  • Management
  • Market fluctuations

Courses Taught

  • FIN 101 Corporate Finance
  • FIN 119 Financial Institutions and Markets
  • FIN 121 Introduction to Derivatives
  • FIN 129 Financial Institutions Management
  • FIN 197 Seminar in Finance - Derivatives
  • FIN 200 Financial Management
  • FIN 281 The Regulatory Environment
  • FIN 286 Financial Risk Management
  • FIN 288 Futures Options and Swaps
  • FIN 284 Analysis of Fixed Income Securities
  • MBA/MFM 253 Enhancing Firm Value
  • ECON 280 Business and The World Economy 
February 22, 2018
The Higher Learning Commission (HLC) has publicly reaffirmed accreditation of Drake University for an additional 10 years.