David Basterfield
Economics, Business, and Accounting

G. F. David Basterfield

Associate Professor of Finance
“It is not so very important for a person to learn facts. For that he does not really need a college. He can learn them from books. The value of an education in a liberal arts college is not the learning of many facts, but the training of the mind to think something that cannot be learned from textbooks.”
— Albert Einstein

Faculty Information

Additional Faculty Information for G. F. David Basterfield


Ph.D. in Decision Theory, University of Manchester

M.S. in Computational Finance, Oregon Graduate Institute

MBA, Open University

B.S. (Honors) Pure Mathematics, University of Birmingham


Courses Taught

Financial Management

Futures and Options

Case Studies in Finance

Risk Management

Quantitative Methods

Research Interests

Investigating methods and algorithms for heuristic optimization methods

Forecasting financial time series

Financial trading

Risk measurement


David Basterfield has more than 20 years of experience working as a consultant and manager in Europe, with expertise in management, finance, computing, and mathematics. After moving to the U.S. in 1999, he has taught finance, mathematics, and computing courses at graduate and undergraduate levels. He has been at Hillsdale College since 2004.