New Faculty 2015/16

The Department of Finance is pleased to welcome five new members of faculty for the 2015/16 academic session, who will contribute to both our research profile and teaching excellence.

Ashwini Agrawal joins the Department as Assistant Professor from NYU Stern School of Business, where he worked since 2008. His primary research interests are in corporate finance / governance, labour economics, and the economics of information technology. Ashwini earned his BS in Economics and Mathematics and Computer Science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology before moving to Chicago for an MBA in Finance and a PhD in Economics. In 2011 he won the Review of Financial Studies Young Researcher Prize for work entitled 'Corporate Governance Objectives of Labor Union Shareholders: Evidence from Proxy Voting'.

A leading scholar in corporate finance, organisational economics and capital markets, Dirk Jenter joins LSE as Associate Professor from the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Born in Frankfurt and educated at Cambridge (MPhil) and Harvard (PhD), Dirk has also worked at the MIT Sloan School of Management, where he was recently recognised for excellence in teaching.

Peter Kondor joins the Department as Associate Professor from the Central European University in Hungary. A member of the editorial board for the Review of Economic Studies  and the Journal of Finance, Peter completed his PhD in the LSE Department of Finance in 2006. He was also a Visiting Lecturer at LSE in 2011-12. Peter's research focuses on asset pricing with frictions, information and learning and delegated portfolio management. He began his academic career at the University of Chicago Graduate Business School.

Martin Oehmke arrives at LSE as a Visiting Associate Professor from Columbia Business School. An expert in financial economics, corporate finance theory and financial intermediation, Martin received his PhD in Economics from Princeton University, having studied for an MSc in Finance and Economics at LSE in 2003. In 2013 he received a Brattle Group Distinguished Paper Award from the American Finance Association for his paper 'The Maturity Rat Race' (Journal of Finance, April 2013, co-authored with Markus K. Brunnermeier).

Hongda Zhong will join LSE as Assistant Professor from the Minnesota University Carlson School of Management. His PhD research, for which he won the Carlson School Dissertation Fellowship, focused on corporate finance, banking, and behavioural finance.