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Sean Wilkoff

Assistant Professor of Finance
"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor , and some style." - Maya Angelou


Dr. Wilkoff is an assistant professor of finance at the University of Nevada, Reno. He is also the current visiting scholar at the Municipal Securities Rulemaking Board. He received his PhD, in Finance and Real Estate, from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. He joined the faculty of University of Nevada, Reno in 2020.

After graduating from UC Berkeley, he worked as a financial economist at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Following the SEC he worked as an associate at Cornerstone Research, an economic litigation consulting firm. Prior to working at UNR, he was a visiting faculty at Penn State. He has published in journals such as Real Estate Economics and the Journal of Regional Science and been cited by The Economist. His research explores current issues in real estate, the municipal bond market, and blockchain technology. He has been cited by the media (e.g. wallethub) for his real estate expertise.

He teaches investments and real estate investments.

Curriculum Vitae

Research Interests

  • Real Estate
  • Municipal Finance
  • Cryptocurrency and NFTs

Courses Taught

  • Investments (undergraduate)
  • Real Estate Investments (Undergraduate, Masters, and MBA)
  • Contemporary Issues in Real Estate (Undergraduate)


Ph.D. in Finance and Real Estate, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, 2012

M.S. Business Administration in Finance, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, 2008

B.A. Mathematics, Economics, and Statistics, UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, BERKELEY, 2005

Study Abroad, UNIVERSITY OF ADELAIDE, Adelaide, Australia, 2004-2005