Professor Francis holds a Ph.D. degree in Financial Economics from the University of Toronto. He has been at the Lally School since 2005 where he is currently the Bruggeman Professor of Finance.
He is a finance scholar that is an internationally known expert on international and corporate finance. He is the author of more than 70 articles and book chapters relating to financial markets, exchange rates and managerial decision making. His work has been published in the top finance journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Journal of Business, Journal of Money Credit and Banking, Journal of Banking and Finance, Contemporary Accounting Research, The Journal of American Tax Association, Journal of Corporate Finance and the Journal of Financial Intermediation. He is on the editorial board of several journals including The Journal of Financial Stability, Economic Analysis and Law Review, International Journal of Banking, Accounting and Finance. He has won several best papers and teaching awards. He has presented numerous papers and has participated in numerous colloquiums both nationally and internationally. Prior to joining The Lally School of Management at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, he held appointments at the University of South Florida and at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. At the University of South Florida he held the Bank of America Professorship.