Denver H. Travis

Chase/Francis C. Doyle Distinguished Professor; Assistant Professor of Finance

Ph.D., Finance, University of Kentucky, 2006; M.S., Economics, University of Kentucky, 2003; B.S., Chemical Engineering, University of Kentucky, 2001

*During this time of social distancing Dr. Travis is not holding in-person office hours. His virtual office hours are Tuesdays and Thursdays 9:20am-10:50am, 12:20pm-1:50pm, and by appointment. Please email him ( to set up a meeting time.

Denver H. Travis, PhD, CFA is the Chase/Francis C. Doyle Distinguished Professor in the College of Business at Loyola University New Orleans. His area of expertise is investments, specifically exchange-traded and mutual funds, fixed income and derivative securities, financial modeling, and portfolio management. His research has been published in the Journal of Investing, the Journal of Fixed Income, CFA Digest, Financial Decisions, the Journal of Financial Education, and Advances in Financial Education.

As a lifelong lover of mathematics and its applications, Denver majored in chemical engineering at the University of Kentucky while minoring in both mathematics and business. During his studies of economics and finance, he became fascinated with the mathematical similarities between the fields of physics and finance. Upon finishing a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering, he entered the finance doctoral program at the University of Kentucky. In graduate school, his research focused on interest rate term structure modeling using stochastic differential equations, option pricing models, and numerical computer simulations. Upon completion of the doctoral program, Professor Travis sought to complement his research background with extensive practitioner training in investment management; he completed all three levels of the Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) program and became a CFA Charterholder in 2009. His current research areas are mutual funds and exchange-traded funds (ETFs).   

Prior to joining Loyola, Dr. Travis has taught a wide range of graduate and undergraduate finance courses at Saint Joseph’s University, Eastern Kentucky University, California State University-Sacramento, and the University of Kentucky. He truly enjoys training and developing students to become business and financial professionals with the highest levels of critical thinking ability, technical skill, and ethical decision-making ability. The success of our modern financial markets depends on well trained professionals who have their clients’ best interests at heart.