Benjamin E. Hermalin
Thomas and Alison Schneider Distinguished Professor of Finance
and Professor , Department of Economics
Updated January 22, 2017
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Benjamin E. Hermalin holds professorships in both the Economics Department and in Berkeley's Haas School of Business. In the latter, he is the Thomas & Alison Schneider Distinguished Professor of Finance. Professor Hermalin received his PhD from MIT in 1988, the same year he joined UC Berkeley as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and the School of Business. He became a full professor in 1998. From 1999-2006 he was the Willis H. Booth Chair in Banking & Finance. He received the Schwabacher Award for outstanding teaching and research in 1993, and the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award in 1991. From 1999 to 2002, he served as the Haas School's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Faculty. He was the Interim Dean of the Haas School for most of 2002. He served as the Economics Department Chair from 2005 until 2008. He served from 2009 until 2012 (chair, 2011-12) on the campus's Budget Committee, which reviews all academic personnel matters on the campus including appointments, tenure, and promotions. He is a former co-editor of the RAND Journal of Economics. In 2014-15, he was the Vice Chair of the Academic Senate and served as Chair from August 26, 2015 until March 9, 2016. He is currently the Vice Provost for the Faculty.
His areas of research include corporate governance, the study of organizations (especially leadership), industrial organization, and law & economics.
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