Washington University in St Louis Olin Business School

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​Faculty and Research

Research in finance is mostly based on economic models, which are used to address problems such as the allocation of capital, risk, and rewards in the economy. Empirical work also widely uses the tools of econometrics -- the application of statistics to economics. Mathematical tools are extremely important in finance, helping to solve sophisticated models that reflect, as closely as possible, the important features of the market.

Because financial research is analytical, we look for a strong quantitative background in potential applicants, as evidenced by an undergraduate training in economics, mathematics, engineering, or any other quantitative discipline as well as GMAT/GRE scores.

The faculty members in the finance group at the Olin Business School are active and renowned researchers dedicated to advancing the understanding of financial economics. Faculty research interests encompass many areas of finance, including both empirical and theoretical topics. Some areas of current interest are banking and financial intermediation, corporate finance, corporate control and capital structure, mergers and acquisitions, asset pricing models, investments and portfolio allocation models, and market microstructure.

Research papers by faculty members have recently been published in well-respected journals such as:
  • American Economic Review
  • Journal of Finance
  • Review of Financial Studies
  • Journal of Economic Theory
  • Journal of Financial Economics
  • Journal of Financial Intermediation


Endowed Professors

Philip H. Dybvig

Boatmen’s Bancshares Professor of Banking and Finance
PhD, Yale University

Todd T. Milbourn

Hubert C. and Dorothy R. Moog Professor of Finance
PhD, Indiana University

Anjan Thakor

John E. Simon Professor of Finance
PhD, Northwestern University

Guofu Zhou

Frederick Bierman and James E. Spears Professor of Finance
PhD, Duke University


Ohad Kadan

Professor of Finance
PhD, Hebrew University

Hong Liu

PhD, University of Pennsylvania

Associate Professors

Armando Gomes

PhD, Harvard University

Radhakrishnan Gopalan

PhD, University of Michigan

Mark Leary

PhD, Duke University

Assistant Professors

Jennifer Dlugosz

PhD, Harvard University

Jason Donaldson

PhD, London School of Economics

Roni Kisin

PhD, University of Chicago

Isaac Kleshchelski

PhD, Northwestern University

Jeongmin Lee

PhD, University of Maryland

Asaf Manela

PhD, University of Chicago

Thomas Maurer

PhD, London School of Economics

Giorgia Piacentino

PhD, London School of Economics

Matthew Ringgenberg

PhD, University of North Carolina

Janis Skrastins

PhD, London Business School

Ngoc-Khan Tran

PhD, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Senior Lecturers

Charles J. Cuny

PhD, Stanford University

Richard Ryffel

MBA, Boston University

Adjunct and Other Faculty

Anatoliy Belaygorod

PhD, Washington University

Jeremy Degenhart

BS, BA, Washington University

William R. Emmons

PhD, Northwestern University

David Fischer

MBA, Indiana University

Mark B. Lewis

MBA, Washington University

Ryan Rakestraw

MBA, Washington University

Professors Emeriti

Stuart I. Greenbaum

Former Dean and Bank of America Professor Emeritus of Managerial Leadership