Portrait of Kumar Venkataraman


Kumar Venkataraman is the James M. Collins Chair in Finance at the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He has a Ph.D. in Finance from Arizona State University. Between 2012 and 2015, he served as the Chairman of the Finance Department.

Research: Venkataraman specializes in the area of market microstructure and writes about financial market design; evaluation of trading strategies; and functioning of equity, fixed-income and energy markets. He has  published his research in major international finance and accounting journals. His work has been featured in industry publications, such as The CFA Digest, in text books, and in the business press, including Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Financial Times, Economist and Bloomberg News. He has worked on consulting projects sponsored by Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA) and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), and served as expert witness in litigation involving price manipulation.

Teaching: Dr. Venkataraman teaches courses in the area of investments.

Awards & Honors: Venkataraman serves as Associate Editor of Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and Journal of Financial Research and on the Board of Directors of the Texas Hedge Fund Association. He is a recipient of the Boghetich Family Distinguished Teaching Award (the highest teaching award in the Cox School), the 2008 Gerald J. Ford Senior Research Fellowship and the Research Excellence Award for the Cox School. His research has won several best paper awards at international 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.

Academic Position

  • Present2014

    James M. Collins Chair in Finance

    Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University

Previous Appointments

  • 20142009

    Fabacher Endowed Professor of Alternative Asset Management

  • 20152012

    Chairman, Finance Department

  • 20122009

    Academic Director, ENCAP Investments & LCM Group Alternative Asset Management Center

Awards @ SMU

  • 2008
    Gerald J. Ford Senior Research Fellowship

  • 2004 & 2013
    Research Excellence Award

  • 2010 & 2015
    Boghetich Family Distinguished Award for Teaching

  • 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014
    Annual Teaching Award in BBA or MBA program


  • Ph.D. 2000

    Ph.D. in Business Administration (Finance)

    Arizona State University

  • M.M.S. 1994

    Master of Management Studies

    Birla Institute of Technology and Science, Pilani


  • 2011
    The Best 40 Business School Professors Under the age of 40 - Poets & Quants Ranking

  • 2010 & 2013
    NASDAQ Best Paper Award in Market Microstructure, Financial Management Association

  • 2015
    Best Paper Award, Multinational Finance Society

  • 2012
    Best Paper Award (2nd place), Theories and Practices of Securities and Financial Markets