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Finance and Real Estate Department

About the Finance and Real Estate Department

The Kogod School of Business Finance and Real Estate Department has a distinguished faculty comprised of some leading researchers in the field.

 

Finance

The Finance program makes use of Kogod's Washington, D.C. location to invite leaders from local corporations, regulatory and government agencies to speak at Kogod. The school's location also provides a wide range of challenging internship, co-op positions, and job opportunities for Kogod students.


Real Estate

The Kogod real estate program offers courses on residential and commercial real estate principles, finance, development, and law. It encourages students to participate in work study projects around the DC metro area. Kogod students have worked on mortgage securities and trading projects for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac; on tenant improvements for the Charles E. Smith Companies; and have also been involved with the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts. The combination of these educational and work opportunities helps prepare Kogod students to serve in leadership positions after graduation.


Research Seminars

Learn more about the Accounting and Finance Research Seminars held at the Kogod School of Business.

 

Department Chair

  1. Jeffrey Harris, Professor

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    Dr. Jeffrey H. Harris is currently the Gary D. Cohn Goldman Sachs Chair in Finance at Kogod. Dr. Harris has an extensive background in market microstructure and regulatory issues. He recently served as Chief Economist at the U.S. Commodity Futures Tr… More

    Send email to Jeffrey Harris

    (202) 885-6669

Finance and Real Estate Faculty

  1. H. Kent Baker, University Professor

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    Professor Baker teaches finance and served as Chair of the Department of Finance and Real Estate for 11 years and headed the Finance Center of Excellence for 8 years. Professor. Baker has received many teaching, research, and service awards including… More

    Send email to H. Kent Baker

    (202) 885-1949

  2. Valentina Bruno, Associate Professor

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    Valentina Bruno holds a Ph.D. in Finance from the London School of Economics. Her research interests include corporate finance and governance, law and finance, financial intermediation and international finance. Prior to joining KSB, Prof. Bruno work… More

    Send email to Valentina Bruno

    (202) 885-1899

  3. Robert Hauswald, Associate Professor

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    Robert Hauswald received his Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University in 1995 and also holds M.S. degrees in Mathematics (Stanford) and Economics (London School of Economics). Before joining Kogod, he was an Assistant Professor of Finance at Kelle… More

    Send email to Robert Hauswald

    (202) 885-1996

  4. Octavian Ionici, Executive in Residence

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    Dr. Octavian Ionici is an Executive-in-Residence Professor of Finance in the Department of Finance and Real Estate at Kogod School of Business and the Director of the Financial Services Lab. He currently teaches Financial Modeling, Real Estate Financ… More

    Send email to Octavian Ionici

    (202) 885-1877

  5. Robin Lumsdaine, Professor

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    Robin Lumsdaine joined the Kogod School of Business at American University as the Crown Prince of Bahrain Chair in International Finance. She was previously an Associate Director in the Division of Banking Supervision and Regulation and Head of the Q… More

    Send email to Robin Lumsdaine

    (202) 885-1964

  6. Gerald Martin, Professor

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    Jerry Martin is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Kogod School of Business, American University, Washington, D.C. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in corporate finance and quantitative analysis. His research focuses on securities … More

    Send email to Gerald Martin

    (202) 885-3914

  7. Leigh Riddick, Associate Professor

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    Professor Riddick's recent research investigates the impact of TBTF international financial regulation on large international insurance firms. Additional research interests include international portfolio choice, with a focus on the home asset bias p… More

    Send email to Leigh Riddick

    (202) 885-1944

  8. Michel Robe, Associate Professor

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    Professor Robe teaches derivatives and international finance at KSB. His teaching has received multiple accolades, most recently with KSB teaching awards in 2015 and 2016. Students voted him Kogod Graduate Professor of the Year 2012 and he was nomina… More

    (202) 885-1880

  9. Timothy Timura, Executive in Residence

    Dr. Timothy J. Timura, CFA, joined the American University Kogod faculty after 30 years as a professional institutional investment manager. Timothy has held senior investment management positions with Federated Investors, Principal Financial, Newbol… More

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  10. Catalin Stefanescu, Executive in Residence

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    Catalin Stefanescu is an Executive in Residence at the Kogod School of Business at American University. He joined the Finance and Real Estate Department in January 2016. Prior to coming to American University, he was a Lecturer in Business Economics … More

    Send email to Catalin Stefanescu

    (202) 885-1921

FSIT Lab

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