Dr. Michael Hughes

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Dr. Michael Hughes

Professor of Finance

Office: FH 264
Phone: 843-661-1422


Ph.D., Finance
University of Central Florida

M.B.A., Business Administration
University of Central Florida

B.S.E.T., Engineering Technology – Operations
University of Central Florida

A.A., General Education
Eastern Florida State College (formerly Brevard Community College)

A.S., Scientific Measurements
Community College of the Air Force

Areas of Expertise

  • Financial Markets
  • Market Microstructure
  • Investments
  • Real Estate Finance
  • Government & Defense Finance
  • Business (Corporate) Finance
  • Financial-Econometrics


Dr. Michael P. Hughes joined the Francis Marion faculty in 2003. He teaches Financial Markets, Real Estate Finance, Investments, and Corporate Finance. His research is focused in the areas of Market Microstructure, Financial Markets, Central Banking and Monetary Policy, Investments, Defense Finance, and Financial-Econometrics. His scholarly research has appeared in the Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Journal of Economics and Business, Journal of Economics and Finance, International Advances in Economic Research, Journal of Business Case Studies, Journal of Case Research in Business and Economics, and Journal of Business Cases and Applications.  Dr. Hughes also has published related articles in The Conversation, Scientific American, Stars & Stripes, Washington Spectator, Agence Global, UPI, Reaction, Global Defense News, Knowridge Science Report, The Commoner, Citizen Truth, The Reader, and several other periodicalsHe also previously published over 65 motorcycle-related articles in American Iron, Motorcycle Tour & Cruiser, Motorcycle Tour & Travel, and Road Bike.   

Prior to his joining the ranks of academia, Dr. Hughes served over 21-years in the U.S. Air Force, beginning during the Vietnam era. During that time he spent over 14-years in nuclear treaty monitoring and related activities, while the initial 7-years were in the aircraft maintenance and engineering support (propulsion) arena with F-4 and F-15 aircraft.