Kumar Venkataraman

Professor of Finance and Maguire Chair in Energy Management, SMU Cox School of Business
Kumar Venkataraman


Ph.D., business administration (finance), Arizona State University; M.M.S., Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS-Pilani), India

Summary of Experience

Professor Venkataraman specializes in market microstructure and financial market design; the evaluation of trading strategies; and the functioning of equity, fixed-income, and energy markets. He has served as an expert witness in litigation matters involving trading strategies and price manipulation, and has consulted to the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority, the US Commodity Futures Trading Commission, and the US Department of Justice, among other organizations. He serves on the US Securities and Exchange Commission’s (SEC’s) Fixed Income Market Structure Advisory Committee, which advises the SEC on the efficiency and resiliency of fixed-income markets. Professor Venkataraman is an associate editor of the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and the Journal of Financial Markets. His research has been published in academic journals and featured in media outlets such as The Wall Street JournalBarrons, the Financial TimesThe Economist, and Bloomberg News, and has won best paper awards at international conferences. Professor Venkataraman teaches courses in investments and energy finance, and serves as the academic director of the Maguire Energy Institute. He has served as chairman of the Cox School of Business’s finance department. Professor Venkataraman is the recipient of multiple SMU awards, including the Altshuler Distinguished Teaching Professor Award and the Gerald J. Ford Senior Research Fellowship, and was named among “The Best 40 B-School Profs Under the Age of 40” by Poets&Quants.

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