Department of Finance - Bettis Scholars

Bettis Scholars

Mark Stapp

The Carr and Stephanie Bettis Distinguished Scholar Award Program makes it possible for top-notch finance researchers to spend one week in residence at Arizona State University to contribute to intellectual discourse in the W. P. Carey School of Business Department of Finance.

Every year, one or two Bettis Scholars are invited to give a seminar presentation to department faculty and students and a lecture to doctoral students on topics of their choosing. The scholarship includes a $5,000 honorarium.


The Carr and Stephanie Bettis Distinguished Scholar Award Program's 2013 Bettis Scholar is Brad M. Barber, the Maurice J. and Marcia G. Gallagher Professor of Finance at the UC Davis Graduate School of Management, where he is also the Director of the Center for Investor Welfare and Corporate Responsibility.

He has been recognized as one of the fifty most-cited financial economists in the world (ranking 38th in on recent citation survey). (See Professor Barber's Google Scholar page for a list of articles and citations by year.)

Professor Barber's research focuses on asset pricing and behavioral finance. He has written numerous scholarly articles, which have appeared in top academic publications including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Political Economy, Quarterly Journal of Economics, American Sociological Review, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and the Financial Analyst Journal. His research has been covered extensively in the financial press, including Business Week, Time, The Wall Street Journal, ABC News, NBC Nightly News, CNN, CNNfn, and CNBC.

Professor Barber is the current Vice President-Program for the Financial Management Association, Co-Principal Investigator for the CalPERS Sustainable Research Initiative (SIRI), and founder of the Napa Conference on Financial Markets Research. He has also served as the finance department editor for Management Science (2009-2012).

He received his Ph.D. in finance and an MBA from the University of Chicago, and a B.S. in economics from the University of Illinois. At UC Davis, he teaches introductory finance to MBA students

Previous Bettis Scholars include Professors Ravi Bansal, Duke University; Peter DeMarzo, Stanford University; Philip E. Strahan, Boston College; Richard C. Green, Carnegie Mellon University; Maureen O’Hara, Cornell University; Randall Morck, University of Alberta; Wayne Ferson, University of Southern California; and Kose John and David Yermack, New York University.

Carr and Stephanie Bettis, who created the program, founded Gradient Analytics, Inc., one of the country’s leading independent financial research firms, which employs ASU finance graduates.

The program is in line with their belief in the importance of giving back to the community, which they’ve both done by taking active roles in various charitable and philanthropic efforts.

“We’re fond of ASU,” Carr explains, “and our business ventures have been born out of technologies steeped in financial economics work. A visiting scholars program has real merit because it brings top-tier faculty from other universities here. They get exposure to the Tempe campus and what’s happening in the Finance Department. At the same time, faculty and students get a chance to learn from academic researchers who are leading the way in financial economics knowledge creation.”

To learn more the Carr and Stephanie Bettis Distinguished Scholar Award Program, see page 4 of the 2007-2008 issue of Finance Forum .

For further information about other seminars sponsored by the Department of Finance that are open to the public, refer to the Seminar Series.