Lei Zhou is the Jones, Diedrich, Mennie Professor of Finance at Northern Illinois University. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Florida in 2002. His research focuses on fixed income securities, credit ratings, and mutual funds. Given his expertise on credit ratings, he had worked at the US Securities and Exchange Commission as an Academic Visiting Scholar from 2017 – 2018. Dr. Zhou’s research has been published in premier finance journals, include Journal of Money, Credit and Banking , Journal of Bank ing and Finance , Financial Management , Journal of Corporate Finance , and Financial Analyst Journal . Dr. Zhou also has research interest in Chinese bond market. Prior to joining NIU in 2005, Dr. Zhou had taught at Miami University of Ohio from 2002 – 2005.