Professor of Finance
School of Business
1 Towerview Drive
Durham, NC 27708
Phone: (919) 660-7784
Fax: (919) 681-6246
S. ``Vish'' Viswanathan is the F.M. Kirby Professor of Finance at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University.
Professor Viswanathan’s recent research focuses on financial intermediation and risk management, collateral and the regulation of financial markets and banking system. His research on collateral, risk management and the capital structure decision has been published in the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Financial Economics. His prior research on leverage and liquidity and episodic illiquidity in financial markets has been published in the Journal of Finance. Other relevant recent research includes merger waves and non-cash auctions. Professor Viswanathan's research has been presented at a number of international and national conferences and has been published in the Journal of Finance, the Review of Financial Studies, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Rand Journal of Economics, the Journal of Finance and Quantitative Analysis, the Journal of Business and the Journal of Business Economics and Statistics.
Professor Viswanathan teaches Corporate Restructuring (EMBA 658) in the Executive MBA Program, Advanced Corporate Finance (MBA654) in the daytime MBA program and the Ph.D. Seminar in Corporate Finance. In the past he has taught Corporate Finance (MBA646), Advanced Corporate Finance (MBA654) and Corporate Restructuring (MBA658) to daytime and executive MBA students.. He taught Advanced Corporate Finance at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in the years 1996-1998 and Cases In Corporate Finance at the University of Chicago in the year 2004. He has taught in the IIMA-Duke Global Leaders Program, the Infosys Senior Executives Program, the Price Waterhouse Executive Development Program, the Deutsche Bank Executive Development Program, the Fuqua Mergers Program, the IBS/Fuqua Strategic Management Program in Moscow, Russia, the RJR Nabisco/Fuqua Executive Education Program in St. Petersburg, Russia, the Ernst and Young/Fuqua VISION program, the Financial Executive Institute/Fuqua Strategic Financial Management program, the Program for Managerial Development, the Global Financial Management Program, the International Marketing Leadership Program and the Young Professionals Program.
Professor Viswanathan received his Bachelor's Degree in Science (First Class with Distinction) from the University of Bombay, his Master of Management Studies from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies at the University of Bombay and his Ph.D. in Finance from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.
Professor Viswanathan is one of the few faculty members at the Fuqua school to be recognized for teaching in three different programs. Professor Viswanathan received the Outstanding Faculty Award at the Fuqua School of Business in 1994. In 1995, the MBA Association of the Fuqua School of Business recognized him for "For efforts above and beyond the call of duty". In 1995 Business Week survey of the Fuqua School of Business, he was rated as a FOUR STAR teacher (highest rating). In 1997, students at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania nominated him for the Helen Kardon Moss Anvil Award. In 1999, he received the Weekend Executive MBA Class of 1999 Outstanding Professor Award. In 2001 and 2008, he received the Outstanding Professor Award from the Global Executive MBA class.
Professor Viswanathan is a Fellow of the Finance Theory Group and the Vice President Elect of the Financial Intermediation Research Society. He was a Co-Editor of the Journal of Financial Intermediation from 2005 to 2013 and is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Financial Markets and is on the Program Committee of the Western Finance Association and the Financial Intermediation Research Society. He was an Associate Editor of the Review of Financial Studies from 1996 to 1999 and Management Science from 2000 to 2005. Twice, he has received awards from the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance. In 1997, Professor Viswanathan won the NYSE Best Paper Award on Equity Trading at the Western Finance Association.