Stuart Gillan
Department of Finance

Professor and Mercer W. Hull Professor in Finance

B351 Amos Hall
620 S. Lumpkin St.
Athens, GA, 30602
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Dr. Gillan’s experience includes time as Associate Chief Economist at the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, Senior Research Fellow with the TIAA-CREF Institute, along with Academic appointments at Texas Tech University, Arizona State University, the University of Delaware, the University of Hong Kong, and the University of Otago. He has also been a visiting scholar at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Renmin University, University of Canterbury, and a William Evans Fellow at the University of Otago.

He has served as co-editor of the Journal of Corporate Finance, Associate Editor at the Review of Financial Studies, and is on the editorial boards of Accounting and Finance and the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance. He has written and published extensively on corporate finance and corporate governance including: corporate audit fees, corporate restructuring, directors’ and officers’ liability insurance, executive compensation, ownership structure and shareholder value, shareholder activism, shareholder voting, and the structure and activity of corporate boards. His research has been published in the Journal of Applied Corporate Finance, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Risk and Insurance and the Review of Financial studies, amongst others. His research has received best paper awards from academic finance groups including the Financial Management Association International, the Indian School of Business Center for Analytical Finance, and the Western Finance Association.

Dr. Gillan received his Ph.D. from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Texas, Austin. His Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) and Masters of Commerce degrees are from the University of Otago, New Zealand. 

Prior Professional Positions

Texas Tech University, Associate Professor, 2006 to 2011

Arizona State University, Visiting Assistant Professor, 2004 to 2006

Research Interests

  • Corporate Governance
  • Ownership Structure
  • Executive Compensation

Editorial Appointments

Co-Editor, Journal of Corporate Finance, 2011 - 2017

Associate Editor, Review of Financial Studies, 2013 - 2016