Anjan V. Thakor, Ph.D., has been named the John E. Simon Professor of Finance at the John M. Olin School of Business, it was announced by Olin Dean Stuart Greenbaum. Thakor joins the Olin School from the University of Michigan, where he served as the Edward J. Frey Professor of Banking and Finance from 1996 to 2003 and as the chairman of the finance department from 2000 to 2003.
Thakor also served on the faculty of Indiana University from 1979 to 1996. At Indiana, he served twice as chairman of the finance department; from 1989 to 1990 and from 1992 to 1996, and was the INB National Bank Professor of Finance from 1992 to 1994, and the NBD Professor of Finance from 1994 to 1996.
From 1987 to 1988, Thakor was a visiting professor at UCLA and from 1983 to 1985 he was a visiting associate professor at Northwestern University.
“Anjan Thakor is an award-winning scholar, teacher, and academic leader of global renown,” said Greenbaum. “He is a true franchise player and we couldn’t be more proud to have him join the Olin team and Washington University.”
Thakor is the editor of the prestigious Journal of Financial Intermediation (founded by Greenbaum), and is the author of four books including Contemporary Financial Intermediation (with Stuart Greenbaum, The Dryden Press, 1995) and The Value Sphere: Secrets of Creating and Retaining Shareholder Wealth (with John Boquist and Todd Milbourn, VIA Press, 2000). He holds a Ph.D. in Finance from Northwestern University.
Thakor and his wife Severina and their two sons, Richard and Cullen, reside in Clayton, Missouri. Richard Thakor is an undergraduate student at Washington University in St. Louis.