Amit Seru

The Steven and Roberta Denning Professor of Finance

Senior Fellow, Hoover Institution
Senior Fellow, Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research
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Additional Administrative Titles

Co-Director, Directors’ Consortium
Co-Director, The Emerging CFO: Strategic Financial Leadership Program

Research Interests

  • Financial Intermediation and Regulation
  • Resource Allocation and Internal Organization of Firms
  • Performance Evaluations and Incentives


Amit Seru is the Steven and Roberta Denning Professor of Finance at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, a Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution and Stanford Institute for Economic Policy Research (SIEPR), and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). He was formerly a faculty member at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

Professor Seru’s primary research interest is in corporate finance. He is interested in issues related to financial intermediation and regulation, interaction of internal organization of firms with financing and investment, and incentive provision in firms. His papers in these areas have been published in several journals, including, the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Political Economy, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. He is a co-editor of the Journal of Finance and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Political Economy. He was previously Editor of Review of Corporate Finance Studies and a Department Editor (Finance) of Management Science. His research has been featured in major media, including the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times and the Economist.

Seru earned a B.E. in electronics and communication and an MBA from the University of Delhi. Subsequently, he received a PhD in finance from the University of Michigan before. He was a senior consultant at Accenture before pursuing his Ph.D. Seru was the recipient of a Rackham Pre-Doctoral Fellowship at University of Michigan and received a Lt. Governor’s gold medal for overall academic excellence at the University of Delhi.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD, Finance, University of Michigan, 2007
  • MBA, University of Delhi, 1998
  • B. E (Electronics & Communication), University of Delhi, 1996

Academic Appointments

  • Professor of Finance, Stanford GSB, 2016–present
  • Denis and Karen Chookaszian Professor of Finance, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, 2015–2016
  • Professor of Finance, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, 2013–2014
  • Associate Professor of Finance, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, 2011–2012
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, University of Chicago, Booth School of Business, 2007–2010

Awards and Honors

  • R. Michael and Mary Shanahan Faculty Fellow for 2019–2020
  • R. Michael and Mary Shanahan Faculty Fellow, Stanford GSB, 2018–2019
  • MBA Distinguished Teaching Award, Stanford GSB, 2018
  • National Science Foundation Award, 2016
  • Rising Star in Finance Award, 2016
  • Hillel J. Einhorn Excellence in Teaching, University of Chicago GSB, 2016
  • Journal of Financial Economics Paper Prize in Corporate Finance (First Prize), 2015
  • Emory Williams Annual (School wide) Teaching Award, 2015
  • IMF Generation Next Award, 2014
  • AER Excellence in Refereeing, 2014
  • QJE Excellence in Refereeing, 2014
  • AQR Insight Award, 2014
  • Crowell Memorial Prize, Panagora Asset Management, 2014
  • Finalist, MacArthur Foundation Grant, 2014
  • Best paper, Red Rock Conference, 2012
  • Chookaszian Endowed Risk Management Prize, 2011
  • Best paper awards at European Finance Association, CAF Research Conference, NSIM Conference and Mistsui Research Conference, 2008
  • BSI Research Award, 2008


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