Faculty Profiles

A Passion for Teaching

The cornerstone of the entire Berkeley MFE program is its distinguished faculty and the high quality of their courses. At Haas, effective teaching is the top priority. MFE faculty members have regularly earned a median score of "Club 6" in their student evaluations-that is, their median ratings are 6 or higher on a 7-point scale.

In the Berkeley MFE classroom, faculty members emphasize both theory and practice by using a variety of teaching methods. Case studies, seminars, simulations, guest speakers, and group projects all facilitate the learning process.

Kevin Coldiron


MBA, London Business School

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Laurent El Ghaoui


Professor, EECS and IEOR department, and Berkeley Center for New Media

PhD, Aeronautics and Astronautics, Stanford University

Research interests: Robust optimization, large-scale text analytics, machine learning

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Nicolae Garleânu

The Paul H. Stephens Chair in Applied Investment Analysis

Faculty Research Fellow, National Bureau of Economic Research

PhD, Finance, Stanford University

Research Interests: Asset pricing in real business cycle models, asset pricing in imperfect markets

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Terrence Hendershott

Cheryl and Christian Valentine Chair

Visiting Economist, New York Stock Exchange

PhD, Operations, Information and Technology, Stanford University

Research Interests: Management of information systems, role of information technology in financial markets, Electronic Communication Networks (ECNs) and stock market design

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Ronald N. Kahn


Managing Director and Global Head of Equity Research, BlackRock

Author (with Richard Grinold), Active Portfolio Management: Quantitative Theory and Applications

PhD, Physics, Harvard University

Research interests: Portfolio management, risk modeling, and quantitative analysis

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Ananth Madhavan


Managing Director, Global Head of iShares Research, BlackRock Inc

PhD, Economics, Cornell University

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Terrance Odean

The Rudd Family Foundation Chair

Executive Director, Experimental Social Science Laboratory, UC Berkeley

PhD, Finance, UC Berkeley

Research Interests: Behavioral finance; investor behavior; investor welfare; influence of individual investors on asset prices

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Eric Reiner


Managing Director, Firm-wide Risk Control and Methodology, UBS AG

PhD, Chemical Engineering, UC Berkeley

Research Interests: Derivatives valuation and hedging; risk measurement; enterprise risk management and definition of firm-wide risk appetite; asset price dynamics; applied mathematics and computational methods; employee share option pricing; interaction between valuation, accounting and risk management

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Richard Stanton

Professor, Barbara and Gerson Bakar Faculty Fellow

PhD, Finance, Stanford University

Research Interests: Mortgage markets-prepayment modeling, valuation and hedging, term structure modeling and valuation of derivative securities, application of nonparametric estimation techniques to the hedging and pricing of derivatives

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Nancy Wallace


PhD, Urban and Regional Planning, University of Michigan

Research interests: Mortgage contract design, mortgage prepayment and valuation models, asset-backed securitization and pricing, real estate price dynamics, real options in real estate

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