Faculty Profile

Will Gerken PhD

Real Estate Endowed Professor

Will Gerken is the Real Estate Endowed Associate Professor of Finance. He has a PhD in Finance from Michigan State University, MS and MBA degrees from Georgia Tech, and BS degrees from West Virginia University. He is a CFA charterholder and serves as the principal contact for the CFA Institute University Affiliation Programs (BS & MSF). Prior to joining the Gatton College of Business, he was an Assistant Professor at Auburn University.

His research focuses on financial advisors, financial misconduct, and governance. He has published his research in leading finance journals such as: Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis and Review of Finance. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Corporate Finance. His research has won best paper awards at leading international conferences. His research has also been featured in the international media such as the Wall Street Journal, Financial Times, and NPR and cited by Securities Exchange Commission.

Contact Information

Department: Finance and Quantitative Methods
Phone: (859) 257-2774
Email: will.gerken@uky.edu
Office: 345P
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PhD Finance, Michigan State University, 2009
MBA, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2004
MS, Georgia Institute of Technology, 2003
Dual BS, West Virginia University, 2001

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