Rangarajan (“Raghu”) Sundaram is the Dean of New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business. He assumed the Deanship in January 2018. Sundaram, who joined Stern’s faculty a little more than two decades ago, is the Edward I. Altman Professor of Credit and Debt Markets and Professor of Finance. He was the Vice Dean of MBA Programs from 2016-2018. He was formerly at the University of Rochester from 1988-96.
As Vice Dean, Professor Sundaram’s record of innovation includes the establishment of the Creative Destruction Lab-New York City; the launch of new, specialized one-year MBA programs and development of new specialized masters programs joint with other schools at NYU; his outreach to industry, securing the support of business leaders from companies such as Amazon, Jigsaw, Microsoft, IBM, PayPal, and others to join the School’s newly created Tech MBA Advisory Board; the extension of the New York City-based Executive MBA program to downtown Washington, D.C., where it is now the highest ranked EMBA in that market; and Stern’s entry into online education, including launching the first in a series of online certificate programs, among others. Professor Sundaram also has a record of service to Stern and the University, including a two-year stint as the chair of the Tenured and Tenure-Track Faculty Senators Council, and membership on NYU’s Presidential Search Committee.
Professor Sundaram’s research in finance covers a range of areas including agency problems, executive compensation, corporate finance, derivatives pricing, and credit risk & credit derivatives. He has also published extensively in mathematical economics, decision theory, and game theory. His research has appeared in leading academic journals in finance and economic theory including, Econometrica, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Business, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Finance, and Review of Financial Studies, as also in several practitioner-oriented journals. He received the Jensen Award in 2001 from the Journal of Financial Economics and was a finalist for the Brattle Prize from the Journal of Finance in 2005.
Professor Sundaram is the author of A First Course in Optimization Theory (Cambridge University Press, 1996) and Derivatives: Principles and Practice (Mcgraw-Hill, 2010). He was Co-Editor of the Journal of Derivatives from 2002-08 and has served on several other editorial boards. In 2007, he became the inaugural recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award from the Stern School of Business.
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