Xian Sun

Xian Sun, PhD

Professor of Practice
Academic AreaAccounting
Academic AreaFinance
Areas of InterestCorporate Finance, Financial Institutions

Xian Sun, PhD (Finance, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute) joined the Johns Hopkins Carey Business School in 2009. She is a professor of practice with expertise in the areas of emerging capital markets, institutional shareholders, and mergers and acquisitions.


  • ​Ph D, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2006: Finance
  • MBA, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, 2002 Major: Finance
  • BA, Shanghai Jiaotong University, 2000


Selected publications

Book Chapters

  • Patro, D. Siddique, A., and Sun, X. 2013. Stress testing for market risk. Stress Testing: Approaches, Methods and Applications. Risk Books.


  • Francis, B., Hasan, I., Sun, X., Zhou, M., 2021. Trust, Politics, and Post- IPO Performance: SOEs vs. Private Sector. Economic and Political Studies, Accepted July 2, 2021.
  • Li, M., Phan, H.P., Sun, X., 2021. Business Friendliness: A Double-Edged Sword. Sustainability 13 (4), 1819.
  • Liu,Q., Sun, X., and Wu, H., 2019. Premier Advisory Services for VIP Acquirers. Journal of Corporate Finance 54, 1-25.
  • Sun, X., Gunia, B., 2018. Economic Resources and Corporate Social Responsibility. Journal of Corporate Finance 51, 332-351.
  • Ma, M., Sun, X., Waisman, M., Zhu, Y. 2016. State ownership and market liberalization: Evidence from China's domestic M&A market. Journal of International Money and Finance Available online July 2016.
  • Francis, B., Hasan, I., Sun, X., Wu. Q. 2016. CEO Political Preference and Corporate Tax Sheltering. Journal of Corporate Finance 38, 37-53.
  • Francis, B., Hasan, I., Sun, X., Waisman, M. 2014. Can Firms Learn by Observing? Evidence from Cross-Border M&As. Journal of Corporate Finance 25, 202-215.
  • Francis, B., Hasan, I., Lothian, J. and Sun, X. 2010. The Signaling Hypothesis Revisited: Evidence from Foreign IPOs. Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 45, 81-106.

Working Papers

  • Francis, B., Hasan, I., Liu, Q. and Sun, X. Creditor Control and CEO Compensation.
  • Francis, B., Wu, Q., Sun, X., Do talented managers avoid more taxes?

Refereed Journal Articles under Submission

  • Jiang, E., Sun, X., Zhang, H., The rising De Facto Power: China Evidence, R&R
  • Francis, B., Sun, X., Wu, Q., Ren, N. Do Better Managers Get Better Loan Contracts? R&R
  • Francis, B., Hasan, I., and Sun, X., CEO Compensation and Covenant Violation. Submitted.



  • Accounting and Financial Reporting
  • Emerging Markets
  • Finance
  • Principles of Finance

Honors and distinctions

  • Excellence in Teaching Award, The Johns Hopkins University Alumni Association 2018-2022
  • Dean’s Award. Carey Business School, Johns Hopkins University 2017-2021
  • On-The-Spot Awards, Office of the Comptroller of Currency, September 2007, December 2007, August 2008
  • Del and Edith Karger Dissertation Prize in Management, RPI, May 2006