Sudheer Chava

Areas of Expertise

IT Economics
Risk Management




Alton M. Costley Chair and Professor of Finance

Sudheer Chava, Ph.D, is an associate director of the Institute for Information Security & Privacy for the area of risk management, and professor of finance at Scheller College of Business at the Georgia Institute of Technology. He also serves as finance area coordinator at Scheller and as the director of the nationally top 10 ranked Master of Science in Quantitative and Computational Finance (QCF) program at Georgia Tech (a joint program by the School of Mathematics, Industrial and Systems Engineering, and Scheller).  Dr. Chava has taught a variety of courses at the undergraduate, masters, MBA and Ph.D. levels, including derivatives, risk management, valuation, credit risk, financial technology ("fintech"), and management of financial institutions. He also has taught both theoretical and empirical finance doctoral courses and is a faculty advisor to multiple doctoral students.
Dr. Chava's main research interests are risk management, credit risk and financial institutions. He has extensively published on these topics in the leading finance journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Monetary Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Management Science. His research won a Ross Award for the best paper published in Finance Research Letters in 2008, was a finalist for the Brattle Prize for the best paper published in Journal of Finance in 2008, and was nominated for the Goldman Sachs Award for the best paper for published in Review of Finance during 2004.  Dr. Chava is the recipient of multiple external research grants such as FDIC-CFR Fellowship, Morgan Stanley Research grant, Financial Service Exchange Research grant, Q-group Research Award (2010, 2012) and GARP Research Award. He has presented his research at finance conferences such as AFA, WFA, EFA, Federal Reserve Banks and at many universities in the United States and abroad.

Chava received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 2003. Prior to that he earned an MBA degree from the Indian Institute of Management – Bangalore, an undergraduate degree in Computer Science Engineering, and worked as a fixed-income analyst at a leading investment bank in India. In 2014, he was awarded the Linda and Lloyd L. Byars Award for faculty research excellence at Georgia Tech and he has also received multiple research awards and fellowships at Texas A&M University.