Portrait of Kumar Venkataraman


Kumar Venkataraman is the Professor of Finance and the Maguire Chair in Energy Management in the Cox School of Business at Southern Methodist University. He serves as Academic Director of the Maguire Energy Institute and the Kyle Miller Energy program.   He was the Chairman of the Finance Department between 2012 and 2015. He has a Ph.D. in Finance from Arizona State University.

Professor Venkataraman serves as an inaugural member of the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commissions’s Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee (FIMSAC). The Committee will provide advice to the Commission on the efficiency and resiliency of the fixed income markets and identify opportunities for regulatory improvements.

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.

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. His research has been published in top-tier academic journals, such as Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies, and featured in industry publications, such as The CFA Digest, in text books, and in the business press, including Wall Street Journal, Barrons, Financial Times, The 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 has served as expert witness in litigations, including the U.S. Department of Justice.

Teaching: Dr. Venkataraman teaches courses in the area of Investments and Energy Finance.

Awards & Honors: Venkataraman serves on the Editorial Board of several journals including Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and Journal of Financial Markets. He has received University-wide awards for teaching (the 2017-2019 Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor) and research (the 2008 Gerald J. Ford Senior Research Fellowship). He has also received multiple teaching and research awards from the Cox School of Business. His research has won several best paper awards at international conferences.

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

Academic Position

  • Present2019

    Maguire Chair in Energy Management

    Cox School of Business, Southern Methodist University

  • Present2018

    Academic Director, Maguire Energy Institute and Kyle Miller Energy Management Program

Previous Academic Appointments at SMU

  • 20152012

    Chairman, Finance Department

  • 20192014

    James M. Collins Chair in Finance

  • 20142009

    Fabacher Endowed Professor of Alternative Asset Management

  • 20122009

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

Editorial Appointments

  • Present2010

    Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis

  • Present2016

    Journal of Financial Markets

  • 20172011

    Journal of Financial Research

  • Present2016

    Journal of Empirical Finance

  • 20162013

    FMA Survey and Synthesis Series

  • 20112006

    Financial Management

Other Appointments

  • Present2017

    Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee

    U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission

  • Present2016

    Visiting Economist, Office of Chief Economist

    Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA), Inc.

  • Present2011

    Board of Trustees, Investment Committee

    SMU Endowment

  • 20152011

    Board of Directors

    Texas Hedge Fund Association


  • 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

Awards @ SMU

  • 2017-2019
    Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor (University-wide)
  • 2008
    Gerald J. Ford Senior Research Fellowship (University-wide)
  • 2004, 2013, 2016, 2017
    Research Excellence Award
  • 2010 & 2015
    Boghetich Family Distinguished Award for Teaching

  • 2007, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2014, 2017, 2018
    Annual Teaching Award in BBA or MBA program


  • 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

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