Faculty Directory

Kenneth R. French

Roth Family Distinguished Professor of Finance

Areas of Expertise

Portfolio theory, asset pricing, dividend policy, capital structure




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


Ken French is an expert on the behavior of security prices and investment strategies. He and co-author Eugene F. Fama are well known for their research into the value effect and the three-factor model, including articles such as "The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns" and "Common Risk Factors in the Returns on Stocks and Bonds." His recent research focuses on tests of asset pricing, the tradeoff between risk and return in domestic and international financial markets, and the relation between capital structure and firm value.