Kumar Venkataraman serves as Chairman of the Finance Department and holds the James M. Collins Chair in Finance in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He received a Ph.D. in Finance from Arizona State University.

Research: Venkataraman specializes in the area of market microstructure and writes about financial market design; evaluation of trading strategies; and functioning of equity, debt and commodity markets. He has presented his research in many universities, Wall Street firms, academic conferences and regulatory bodies, including the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) and Commodities Futures Trading Commission (CFTC).

His research has been published in major international finance and accounting journals and featured in industry publications such as The CFA Digest, many text books, and in the business press, including Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Financial Times, Economist and Bloomberg News. He is involved with consulting projects sponsored by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the CFTC. He also serves as a consultant and/or an expert witness in enforcement cases.

Teaching: Dr. Venkataraman teaches courses on many investment topics including trading strategies of Hedge Funds.

Awards & Honors: Venkataraman serves as Associate Editor of Journal of Financial Research and Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and on the Board of Directors of Texas Hedge Fund Association. He has received many Research Excellence and Outstanding Teaching Awards including the 2010 Boghetich Family Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2008 Gerald J. Ford Senior Research Fellowship. His papers have received research awards at international academic conferences.

Notably, Kumar was named among “The Best 40 B-School Profs Under the Age of 40” in the 2011 Poets & Quants ranking of Business School professors.

Personal: Married to Kalyani, and has two daughters, Anushka and Sanjana. Kumar enjoys reading books and playing tennis.