Professor John Griffin is currently the James A. Elkins Centennial Chair in Finance at the University of Texas, McCombs School of Business. He has also served on the faculty at Arizona State University, Yale University, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Harvard Business School. He serves as the associate editor for the Review of Financial Studies and has been elected as an Academic Director of the Financial Management Association.

Areas of Expertise and Research

Dr. Griffin is an expert in the structured finance field with respect to mortgage backed securities (MBS) and collateralized debt obligations (CDO). His expertise also includes international finance, institutional investment, and forensic finance. Topics of these papers include:

  • Mortgage misreporting
  • Credit ratings
  • Insider trading
  • The role of reputation
  • Investment banking
  • IPOs
  • Hedge fund performance
  • Co-movement
  • Anomalies
  • Pricing models
  • International finance

Dr. Griffin’s recent research focuses on understanding the role that conflicts of interest and misreporting by credit rating agencies and investment banks played in the financial crisis.