Michigan Ross' Martin Schmalz Recognized as One of the 40 Best Business Professors Under 40


Congratulations are in order for Michigan Ross Professor Martin Schmalz, who has been recognized by Poets&Quants on its annual list of “40 Under 40” outstanding business school professors.

Schmalz is the NBD Bancorp Assistant Professor in Business Administration, the Harry H. Jones Research Scholar, and an assistant professor of finance. His research covers empirical and theoretical topics in industrial organization, corporate finance, behavioral finance, asset pricing, and financial economics. He teaches all levels of students at Ross, from BBA to PhD. He earned his PhD from Princeton in 2012.

“Students, administrators, and other academics consistently called attention to this professor’s outstanding performance in the classroom coupled with his prowess in academia as a top researcher,” said Poets&Quants in their write up of Schmalz.

So what does Schmalz enjoy most about teaching business students? “Seeing the big change, from the beginning to the end of a course, in students’ ability to structure a problem through the lense of financial decision makers,” he said. “If my students can ask themselves the right questions, then I’ve done my job as their professor.”

Michigan Ross wouldn’t be an incredible place to learn without educators like Professor Schmalz. Congratulations, and go blue!

Read More About Schmalz in Poets&Quants

The University of Michigan is well-represented on this year’s 40 Under 40 list. Schmalz is joined by a Ross PhD alum and a U-M PhD alum:

James Alvarez Mourey, PhD in Business Administration (Marketing) ‘13, teaches at DePaul

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Ed O’Brien, PhD Psychology ‘14, teaches behavioral science at Chicago Booth

Read more about O’Brien