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H. Kent Baker

University Professor
Department of Finance and Real Estate

  • 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 University Scholar/Teacher of the Year at American University. He also has extensive industry experience and has provided consulting and training services to more than 100 organizations. Professor Baker is highly prolific researcher and author. In fact, The Journal of Finance Literature recognized him as among the top 1% of the most prolific authors in finance during the past 50 years. He is one of the leading survey researchers in finance. Professor Baker has published more than 150 peer-reviewed articles in such outlets as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Financial Management, Financial Analysts Journal, and Journal of Portfolio Management. Professor Baker is also the author or editor of 21 books including several textbooks. His publishers include Oxford Uiversity Press, John Wiley & Sons, Inc., and Blackwell. Some recent books include: Portfolio Theory and Management (2013), International Finance: A Survey (2012), Socially Responsible Finance and Investing (2012), Survey Research in Corporate Finance (2011), Capital Structure and Corporate Financing Decisions (2011), The Art of Capital Restructuring (2011), Capital Budgeting Valuation (2011) Behavioral Finance (2010), Corporate Governance (2010), and Dividends and Dividend Policy (2009). Forthcoming books include Alternative Investments - Balancing Opportunity and Risk (2013), Market Microstructure in Emerging and Developed Markets (2013), Investor Behavior - The Psychology of Financial Planning and Investing (2014), and Real Estate - Markets and Investment Opportunities. Outside of the academic realm, he is a professional musician, who has toured and recorded.
  • Degrees

    B.S.B.A. (management), Georgetown University; M.B.A., finance, M.Ed., educational administration, and D.B.A., finance, University of Maryland; M.S., quantitative methods, M.A., training and career development, Ph.D., educational administration and organ

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Area of Expertise: Corporate finance, dividend policy, corporate governance, behavioral finance, change management, organization transition

Additional Information: H. Kent Baker has written or edited more than 10 books, including Behavioral Finance—Investors, Corporations and Markets; Corporate Governance—A Synthesis of Theory, Research and Practice; Survey Research in Corporate Finance; Dividends and Dividend Policy; and Understanding Financial Management: A Practical Guide. He has published more than 225 articles on accounting, finance, education, and management.  Baker’s articles have appeared in such journals as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, Financial Management, Financial Analysts Journal, Journal of Portfolio Management, and Harvard Business Review.

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