James Nordlund


Financial Economist
Assistant Professor at Louisiana State University
Director of Graduate Studies, Finance Ph.D. Program


Current Courses

Financial Analytics

Lecture notes available at financedatascience.github.io. These notes are for the current (Fall 2020) semester. Notes are first distributed via course lecture videos, so the completed notes here are updated with a delay to encourage class participation. Advanced levels of this course (offered only to masters students) include different topics from the material included here, and the content varies year-by-year depending on student interest. For example, Spring 2017 focused more heavily on option pricing and market sentiment analysis, while Fall 2018 emphasized valuation and simulation of pro forma statements.

Fall 2020 (previously: Spring 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019)

Masters and Advanced Undergraduate Level

In Python 3:

For tasks such as:

Work related to this course lead to a $21,000 grant from the university to purchase a 64-core, 256GB RAM server for advanced instruction in computational finance.

Corporate Finance Theory

Fall 2020 (previously: Fall 2017, Fall 2018, Fall 2019)

PhD Level

Previous Courses and Guest Lectures



Introduction to Python for Academic Research

Web Scraping and Textual Analysis