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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.

Professor Josh White has contributed corporate finance and corporate governance research to leading academic journals such as the Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Review of Finance, and Review of Corporate Finance Studies. 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, which have influenced numerous SEC rulemakings. Joshua White’s academic research interests include corporate finance, securities regulation, and other related topics.

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. Josh wrote two SEC White Papers that contributed to new rulemaking and won an SEC Director’s Award for his work. From 2014 to 2017, he was an Assistant Professor of Finance at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business.

Professor White has testified before the U.S. Congress multiple times on corporate governance and disclosure topics. He is frequently quoted in the media, including the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Bloomberg, Reuters, CNN, and Washington Post. Joshua White has also been interviewed live numerous times by outlets such as CNBC, Fox Business, NPR, and Bloomberg Radio. He has contributed several blog posts to the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance.

Josh White has received numerous awards throughout his scholarly career. Some notable awards include Vanderbilt’s Brownlee O. Currey Jr. Dean’s Faculty Fellowship (2021-2025), Vanderbilt’s James A. Webb Award for Teaching Excellence (2023), and the FARS Excellence in Reviewing Award (2017, 2021, 2022).

Josh White holds a BS, MBA, and PhD in finance from the University of Tennessee’s Haslam College of Business, where he was recognized as an ESPN Scholar (2011-12), the College of Business’ Top Graduate Award (2007), and the University’s Top Collegiate Scholar (2007). Professor White was awarded the Outstanding PhD Alumnus Award by the Haslam College of Business in 2018.

See his CV.