- B.A., Hendrix College; MA, University of Arkansas; M.S. and Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Madison
- Prof. Riddick is currently investigating the links between climate change and firm value. A recent paper investigating the impact of TBTF international financial regulation on large international insurance firms appears in the journal of Banking and Finance. Additional research interests include international portfolio choice, with a focus on the home asset bias puzzle, and corporate cash policy. Related academic articles appear in the Journal of Banking and Finance, the Journal of Empirical Finance, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of International Money and Finance, and the Journal of Regulatory Economics. Prof. Riddick's publications include an edited book on international finance with Oxford University Press.Her teaching interests include managerial economics and strategy, introductory finance, investments and portfolio management. Professor Riddick recently completed a term as Interim Chair in the Dept. of Finance and Real Estate. She has also previously served as Faculty Trustee on the American University (AU) Board of Trustees, Chair of the AU Faculty Senate, Chair of the Faculty Council in the Kogod School of Business, and as Department Chair and Director of the M.S. in Finance Program in KSB. Prof. Riddick has also served as a Board Member of the Eastern Finance Association. Prior to joining KSB, Prof. Riddick was on the faculty of Emory University. Before she received her Ph.D., Prof. Riddick was a regulatory economist for the Public Service Commissions of Arkansas and Wisconsin, and was active in the implementation of marginal cost pricing standards in the public utility area. She also worked as a regulatory utility consultant and served as a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the National Regulatory Research Institute at Ohio State University. She has testified on professional issues in U.S. Tax Court, U.S. District Court, and before utility regulatory bodies in various states.
Area of Expertise
International investments, financial markets, portfolio management, utility and energy markets and related policy
Leigh Riddick's most recent publication covered firm cash policy and appeared in the Journal of Finance. Currently she is working on A Survey of International Finance for Oxford University Press with Professor Kent Baker. Additional research interests include the home asset bias puzzle and international bankruptcy. Her teaching interests include managerial economics and strategy, introductory finance, investments, and portfolio management. She previously served as department chair and as director of the MS in finance program and is currently past chair of the Faculty Senate and a faculty trustee on the AU Board of Trustees. Before joining American University, she was a faculty member at Emory University. Prior to receiving her PhD, Riddick was a regulatory economist and consultant and a member of the Research Advisory Committee for the National Regulatory Research Institute.