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Joshua T. White

joshua t white, economist

Assistant Professor of Finance, Former SEC economist

Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Dean’s Faculty Fellow

Joshua T. White is an Assistant Professor of Finance and a Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Dean’s Faculty Fellow at Vanderbilt University’s Owen Graduate School of Management. He is an award-winning teacher of corporate finance in Vanderbilt’s MBA, Master of Science in Finance (MSF), and Executive MBA programs; and managerial finance in the Master of Management in Health Care program. Learn more about Professor White’s teachings.

Professor Josh White has contributed to corporate finance and corporate governance research to leading academic journals such as the Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Review of Corporate Financial Studies, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Journal of Banking & Finance. He has also published in law reviews and has written policy white papers for numerous organizations such as the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Joshua White’s academic research interests include corporate finance, securities regulation, and other related topics. He has testified before the U.S. Congress on the shareholder voting process.

Before joining the faculty at Owen, Joshua T. White was a Financial Economist, Visiting Academic Scholar, and Expert Consultant for the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) over 2012 to 2018, where he worked in the Division of Economic and Risk Analysis conducting cost-benefit analyses of SEC rulemaking under the Dodd-Frank Act and JOBS Act for the Office of Corporate Finance; and analyzing market manipulation for the Office of Risk Assessment, where he interacted frequently with the SEC’s Microcap Fraud Task Force within the Division of Enforcement. From 2014 to 2017, he also taught as an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. Josh White holds a BS, MBA, and PhD in finance from the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business.

Josh White has received numerous awards throughout his teaching career. Some of the notable awards he has received include Vanderbilt University’s Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Dean’s Faculty Fellowship (2021-2025), Vanderbilt University’s James A. Webb Award for Teaching Excellence (2023), FARS Excellence in Reviewing Award (2017, 2021, 2022), University of Tennessee–Haslam’s Outstanding PhD Alumnus Award (2018), U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission Director’s Award for Outstanding Work (2013), ESPN Scholar (2011-2012), and the University of Tennessee’s Top Collegiate Scholar (2007). See his full CV.