David J. Denis
Roger S. Ahlbrandt, Sr. Chair in Finance


324 Mervis Hall


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Professor Denis joined the Katz faculty in 2011 after previously serving on the faculty at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (1989-1995) and Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management (1995-2011). His primary teaching and research interests are in the area of corporate finance. He is the author of over 50 published articles in leading peer-reviewed journals on topics related to corporate governance, corporate financial policies, corporate organizational structure, corporate valuation, and entrepreneurial finance.

Courses Recently Taught

  • BFIN 2410 Financial Management 2
  • BFIN 2036 Corporate Finance
  • BFIN 3012 PhD Seminar in Corporate Finance

Awards and Honors

Distinguished Scholar, Drexel University Center for Corporate Governance, 2019

Keynote Speaker, Australasian Banking and Finance Conference, Sydney, December, 2019.

Keynote Speaker, Financial Management Association Asia/Pacific Meeting, Hong Kong, May, 2018.

Keynote Speaker and Distinguished Scholar, Eastern Finance Association Annual Meeting, April, 2012.

Keynote Speaker and Distinguished Scholar, Southern Finance Association Annual Meeting, November, 2008.

Keynote Speaker, MidEast Research Conference in Finance, 2006.

Professional Service and Activities

President, Financial Management Association, 2015-16.

Board of Trustees, Financial Management Association, 2017-present.

Editor, Review of Financial Studies, 2013-2019.

Co-Editor, Journal of Corporate Finance, 2001-2011.

Editor, Journal of Corporate Finance, special issue on Venture Capital and Entrepreneurial Finance, 2002.

Editor, Journal of Corporate Finance, special issue on Financial Flexibility and Corporate Liquidity, 2011.

Associate Editor, Journal of Finance, 2000-2003.

Associate Editor, Review of Financial Studies, 2010-2013.

Associate Editor, Journal of Financial Research, 1996-2015.

Associate Editor, Financial Review, 1998-2015.

Associate Editor, Journal of Applied Finance, 2002-2006.

Associate Editor, Annals of Finance, 2004-2016.

Academic Director, Financial Management Association, 2006-2008.


PhD, University of Michigan

MBA, University of Michigan

BS, Syracuse University

Recent Publications

“Corporate Cash Holdings,” Handbook of Corporate Finance, Edward Elgar Publishing (forthcoming), with Luxi Wang.

“Rising Intangibles, Negative Cash Flows, and Corporate Funding Practices,” Journal of Applied Corporate Finance 34 (4), Fall, 2022, 17-26.

“The SEC’s Misguided Climate Disclosure Rule Proposal,” Banking and Financial Services Policy Report 41 (10) (2022), 1-9.

“Persistent Negative Cash Flows, Staged Financing and the Stockpiling of Cash Balances,” Journal of Financial Economics, 142 (2021), 293-313, with Stephen McKeon.

“Is Managerial Myopia a Persistent Governance Problem?” Journal of Applied Corporate Finance 31 (3), Summer, 2019, 74-80.

“Financing Investment Spikes in the Years Surrounding World War I,” Journal of Financial Economics, 130 (2) (2019) 215-236, with Leonce Bargeron and Kenneth Lehn.

Current Working Papers

“CEO Compensation Following Acquisitions,” with Leonce Bargeron.

“Unraveling the Mystery of Zero Leverage Firms,” with Jared Smith.

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