Provost Professor • Faculty Director
Finance • Professional Effectiveness

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Whether advising Fortune 500 companies or using his work experience at the U.S. Securities Exchange Commission to illustrate a point in class, Professor Sanjai Bhagat is easily able to explain complicated financial theories to students.

Throughout his more than 20-year teaching career, Bhagat has been recognized for excellence in education. He was the Graduate Professor of the Year and winner of the Frascona Undergraduate Teaching Excellence Award and an Educator of Distinction Award Finalist.

In addition to teaching finance at the Leeds School of Business, Bhagat is also connected to the start-up community in Colorado and is the founding director of TiE-Rockies (The Indus Entrepreneurs)—a professional group for technology entrepreneurs.

His work “The Promise and Perils of Corporate Governance Indices,” was recently selected as one of the “Best Corporate and Securities Articles of 2009” by the Vanderbilt Law School publication Corporate Practice Commentator. The European Corporate Governance Institute also awarded the article the De Brauw Blackstone Westbroek Law Prize for best paper in a law series.

His work shows that corporate governance indices, which are designed to measure a firm’s quality and inform investors, are flawed. The indices fail to capture the diverse ways governance operates. Bhagat served on an expert panel in Washington, D.C., and answered financial policymakers questions on this topic. He is a sought- after expert on corporate governance and financial issues whose work is often cited in publications such as the Wall Street Journal, the Economist, AOL Daily Finance and the New York Times.