Kent Daniel is the William von Mueffling Professor of Business in the Finance and Economics Division at the Graduate School of Business at Columbia University. From 1996 to 2006, Kent was at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, where he was the John and Helen Kellogg Distinguished Professor of Finance (on leave from 2004-2006). Previously, he served on the faculties of the University of Chicago and the University of British Columbia.

Between 2004 and 2010, Kent was with the Quantitative Investment Strategies group at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. He became a managing director and head of the QIS equity research effort in 2005, and a co-chief investment officer in 2009.

Kent's academic research, both theoretical and empirical, has been primarily in the areas of behavioral finance and asset pricing. In addition to other awards, his academic papers received the 1997 and 1999 Smith-Breeden awards for the best paper in the Journal of Finance. His papers have been reprinted in several books. He received 2016 Dean's Award for teaching excellence at Columbia Business School, and the Sidney J. Levy Teaching Award for 1996-1997 and 2000-2001 at the Kellogg School.

Kent is a research associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He has served as an associate editor for the Journal of Finance, as a director of the American Finance Association, and as a director of the Western Finance Association. Kent received a B.S. with honors in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1981 and an M.B.A. from UCLA in 1987. He received his Ph.D. in Finance from UCLA in 1992.

Academic Experience

2010 -Professor of Finance, Graduate School of Business, Columbia University
2001-2007 John L. and Helen Kellogg Distinguished Professor of Finance, Kellogg School, Northwestern University
    - on leave 2005-2007
1999-2001 Associate Professor, Kellogg-Northwestern.
1996-1999 Assistant Professor, Kellogg-Northwestern.
1992-1996 Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago
1991-1992 Assistant Professor, University of British Columbia.

Industry Experience

2009-2010Co-Chief Investment Officer and Head of Equity Research, Quantitative Investment Strategies, Goldman Sachs Asset Management.
2005-2009Managing Director and Head of Equity Research, QIS-GSAM.
2004-2005Vice-President, QIS-GSAM.


1992PhD (Finance), University of California, Los Angeles
1987M.B.A (Finance), University of California, Los Angeles
1981B.S. (Physics), California Institute of Technology

Academic Honors and Awards

2013Swiss Finance Institute Outstanding Paper Award
2006Smith Breeden Award Nominee.
1999 Smith Breeden Award for the best paper in the Journal of Finance.
1997 Smith Breeden Award for the best paper in the Journal of Finance.
1998 & 2000Best Paper Award for the 1998 NTU International Conference on Finance.
1997AIAA Award for the Best Paper on Investments at the WFA Conference