Faculty Directory

Kenneth R. French

Roth Family Distinguished Professor of Finance



DegreePhD, University of Rochester, 1983; MS, University of Rochester, 1981; MBA, University of Rochester, 1978; BS, Lehigh University, 1975

AREAS OF EXPERTISEPortfolio theory, asset pricing, dividend policy, capital structure

Current Research Topics

  • Risk and return in domestic and international financial markets
  • Cost of capital
  • Financial regulation
  • Capital structure

Selected Publications

  • With E. Fama, “Dissecting Anomalies with a Five-Factor Model,” Review of Financial Studies, forthcoming 2015
  • “Incremental Variables and the Investment Opportunity Set,” Journal of Financial Economics, forthcoming 2015
  • With E. Fama, "Size, Value, and Momentum in International Stock Returns," Journal of Financial Economics 105, September 2012
  • With E. Fama, "Capital Structure Choices," Critical Finance Review 1, January 2012
  • With E. Fama, "Luck versus Skill in the Cross Section of Mutual Fund α Estimates," Journal of Finance 65, October 2010
  • With E. Fama, "Average Returns, B/M, and Share Issues," Journal of Finance 63, December 2008
  • "The Cost of Active Investing," Journal of Finance 63, August 2008
  • With E. Fama, "Dissecting Anomalies," Journal of Finance 63, August 2008
  • With E. Fama, "The Anatomy of Value and Growth Stock Returns," Financial Analysts Journal 63, November 2007, Awarded a Graham and Dodd Scroll by the editorial board of the journal
  • With E. Fama, "Migration," Financial Analysts Journal 63, May/June 2007, Awarded a Graham and Dodd Scroll by the editorial board of the journal
  • With E. Fama, "Disagreement, Tastes, and Asset Pricing," Journal of Financial Economics 83, March 2007
  • With E. Fama, "Profitability, Investment, and Average Returns," Journal of Financial Economics 82, December 2006

Working Papers

  • With E. Fama, "The Pecking Order, Opportunistic Financing, and the Mean Reversion of Leverage"

Professional Activities

Academic positions

  • Tuck School of Business, 2001–present
  • NTU Professor of Finance, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, 1998–2001
  • Managing Director, International Center for Finance, Yale School of Management, 1994–98
  • Edwin J. Beinecke Professor of Management Studies and Finance, Yale University, 1994–98
  • David T. McLaughlin Visiting Professor of Finance, Tuck School of Business, 1993–94
  • Leo Melamed Professor of Finance, 1991–94, Director, Center for Research in Security Prices, 1989–94, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Professor of Finance, 1989–91, Professor of Finance, 1987–89, Associate Professor, 1985–87, Assistant Professor, 1983–85, The University of Chicago
  • Research Fellow, Foundation for Research in Economics and Education, University of California, Los Angeles, 1982–83

Nonacademic positions

  • Machine Design Engineer, Eastman Kodak Co., 1975–77

Board memberships

  • Board of Directors, Dimensional Fund Advisors, 2006–present; Board of Overseers, International Rescue Committee, 2005–present
  • Board of Governors, The Smile Train, 2008–11; President, 2007–08, Director, 1991–94, 2003–09, American Finance Association

Editorial positions

  • Advisory Editor, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Banking and Finance

Research & Teaching

Through influential empirical studies, Kenneth French has established himself as a leading thinker in corporate finance and financial markets. He has served as director and president of the American Finance Association and is a board member and director of investment policy of Dimensional Fund Advisors. Professor French teaches the elective course Investments.