Dissertation Proposal and Final Defense

Find upcoming proposal and defenses, as well as previous proposal and defenses listed below.

Upcoming Dissertation Proposal

Student Name Details Advisor Committee Names Date and Time Link to Join

Upcoming Final Defense

Student Name Details Advisor Committee Names Date and Time Link to Join
Mei Li Essays on Tax Impacts on Corporate Finance, Corporate Governance and Regional Disparity Timothy Goodspeed

Armen Hovakimian, Punit Arora

March 21st, 2023 9:00 AM EST https://gc-cuny.zoom.us/j/99471630235

PRevious Dissertation Proposal/Defenses

Student Name Details Advisor Committee Names Date and Time
Doo Kyun Wang (Defense) Essays on Financial Openness and Development Merih Uctum Thom Thurston, Nadia Doytch, Hyung Ju Cha February 23rd, 2022 7:30 PM EST 
Ernesto Garcia (Defense)   Wim Vijverberg Christos Giannikos, Chu-Ping Vijverberg January 21st, 2022 3:00 PM EST
Jonathan Lopez Camara (Proposal) "The Fed Funds Futures Rate as a Forecast of the Fed Funds Rate: A LASSO Regression Approach" and "The Fed Funds Futures Rate as a Forecast of the Fed Funds Rate: A Machine Learning Approach" Christos Giannikos Thom Thurston, Sebastiano Manzan January 14th, 2022 1:00 PM EST
Yoshiko Oka (Proposal) "Essays on Entrepreneurship" Wim Vijverberg Alexandru Voicu, Zadia Feliciano December 14th, 2021 10:00 AM EST
Miguel Orozco Vazquez (Defense) "Essays in Development Macroeconomics" Sangeeta Pratap Merih Uctum, Jonathan Conning November 22nd, 2021 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Meng Ting Chen (Proposal)   Sangeeta Pratap   November 19th, 2021 2:30 PM Eastern Time
Lucas Dowiak (Proposal)   Wim Vijverberg Chu-Ping Vijverberg, Sebastiano Manzan November 5th, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time
Archil Dvalishvili (Proposal)   Thom Thurston Christos Giannikos, Sangeeta Pratap October 15th, 2021 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Jiakai Zhang (Proposal) “Essays on Federalism and Local Finance in China” Timothy Goodspeed Chu-Ping Vijverberg, Thom Thurston October 14th, 2021 10:00 AM Eastern Time
Mani Bayani (Proposal)   Lilia Maliar Wim Vijverberg, Sebastiano Manzan September 30th, 2021 4:00 PM Eastern Time
Philipp Erfurth (Proposal)   Christos Giannikos Thom Thurston, Paul Krugman, Branko Milanovic, Janet Gornick September 20th, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time
Mikheil Dvalishvili (Defense) "Essays in Monetary and Macroprudential Policies" Thom Thurston Christos Giannikos, Sangeeta Pratap September 17th, 2021 12:30 PM Eastern Time
Shankar Narayanan (Defense) "Divergent Expectations and Dynamic Price Discovery" Partha Deb Michael Grossman, Robert Schwartz September 10th, 2021 2:00PM Eastern Time
Shuo Gao (Proposal)   Christos Giannikos Thom Thurston, Chun Wang September 3rd, 2021 1:00 PM Eastern Time
Azza Mansour (Defense) "Three Essays on Exchange Rate Models and Their Applications"   Chun Wang, Thom Thurston, Merih Uctum August 17th, 2021 11:00 AM Eastern Time
Laxman Timilsina (Defense) "Essays in Applied Microeconomics"   Christos Giannikos, Jonathan Conning, Wim P.M. Vijverberg, Prabal De July 29th, 2021
Ye Yang (Defense) "Three Essays in Spatial Econometrics: The Matrix Exponential Spatial Specification" Wim P.M. Vijverberg Suleyman Taspinar, Sebastiano Manzan May 10, 2021
10:30 AM Eastern Time
Ercio Munoz Saavedra (Proposal) "Essays on Intergenerational Mobility in Education" Nuria Rodriguez-Planas, Wim P.M. Vijverberg Jonathan Conning, Roy van der Weide May 7, 2021 12:00 PM Eastern Time
Nicholas Bauer (Defense) "Essays on Market Structure, Price-Setting, and Spillovers​" Merih Uctum Thom Thurston, Sangeeta Pratap, Christos Giannikos April 20, 2021
10:00 AM Eastern Time
Somayeh Ahmadi (Defense) "Essays on Empirical Asset Pricing Models" Chu-Ping Vijverberg Wim P.M. Vijverberg, Christos Giannikos April 19, 2021
1:00 PM
Eastern Time
Nishant Yonzan (Defense) "Institutions, State Capacity, and Intra-State Conflict: Evidence from a decade-long civil war in Nepal​​" Miles Corak and Wim P.M. Vijverberg Jonathan Conning and Christos Giannikos April 16, 2021
2:00PM Eastern Time
Humenghe Zhao (Defense) "Essays on Economic Uncertainty and Housing Market in China​" Chu-Ping Vijverberg Christos Giannikos, Wim P.M. Vijverberg, Chun Wang April 14, 2021
10:00AM Eastern Time
Shankar Narayanan (Proposal)   Partha Deb Michael Grossman, Robert Schwartz March 1, 2021
11:30 AM
Eastern Time
Nishant Yonzan

State Capacity and Armed Civil Conflict: Evidence from the decade-long civil war in Nepal


Wim Vijverberg
Miles Corak
Jonathan Conning Sept 17 at 3:00pm
Laxman Timilsina
TBA Wim Vijverberg
Prabal De
  Sept 22 at 3:00pm

Mikheil Dvalishvili
Housing, News Shocks, and Macroprudential Policy

Thom Thurston Julen Esteban-Pretel, Sangeeta Pratap, Christos I. Giannikos October 15 at 2:00pm
Aparna Anand
  Karna Basu Jonathan Conning, Wim Vijverberg, Partha Deb Dec 4, 2020 2:00 PM Eastern Time
Pablo Lara Hinojos
    Merih Uctum, Thom Thurston, Sangeeta Pratap Dec 18, 2020 4:00 PM Eastern Time
Richmond Kyei-Fordjour (Defense) Essays on Networks and Market-Microstructure Christos I. Giannikos Yochanan Shachmurove, Terence Agbeyegbe Jan 13, 2021 3:00 PM Eastern Time
Nana Mukbaniani (Defense) Essays on Universal Basic Income Sangeeta Pratap Randall K. Filer, Lilia Maliar, George Vachadze Feb 5, 2021
10:00 AM Eastern Time

Please Note

Please alert the APO of all Proposals and Defenses. Once alerted, the link will be added to the above list for public viewing and joining. All proposals or defenses must be organized and displayed on this site by the APO. Please keep in mind that it is the student's responsibility to notify advisors and committee members of possible defenses or proposals. It is also the student's responsibility to gather and ask for necessary documents for graduation.

Please request six weeks in advance for your final defense. You must fill out the below form and submit to the APO to be submitted to the Provost Office. Form

After permission is granted and on the day of the Defense please have all committee members fill out the attached form after the graduating student’s defense. Form

To submit the paperwork please either:

A. Each Professor sign the pdf report and email EO and APO the signed pdf for processing (Preferably all in one email chain)
B. Each Professor email the EO and APO that the defense is approved and concurred (or not)

Additional Note: We need signatures on the form or CUNY emails with approval or concurrence from the committee chair, the EO and all the committee members. All emails must come from the committee member’s CUNY or official university email address. Ideally, you would put all of those into one PDF but you can also forward individual emails to us if necessary. The email should state the name of the student, the program and the approval.