Laurie Simon Hodrick

Visiting Fellow
Biography: 

Laurie Simon Hodrick is a visiting fellow at the Hoover Institution and the A. Barton Hepburn Professor Emerita of Economics in the Faculty of Business at Columbia Business School.

Professor Hodrick is known for her groundbreaking research on corporate financial decisions, with a particular interest in corporate cash holdings and capital allocation, including share repurchases and dividends, takeovers, and equity offerings. In recognition, she has been awarded the National Science Foundation Presidential Young Investigator Award, a Smith Breeden Prize for Distinguished Paper in the Journal of Finance, the Western Finance Association's Trefftzs Award, a Roger F. Murray Award for Excellence from the Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance, and numerous research grants. She has previously served as a national fellow at the Hoover Institution, and she was selected  as one of “Forty under Forty” by Crain’s Chicago Business. She has also received many awards for teaching excellence, including the Columbia University Presidential Award for Outstanding Teaching. She has received the Singhvi Prize for Scholarship in the Classroom at Columbia Business School three times and has been named the most popular professor at Columbia Business School by Business Week. Prior to joining the Columbia Business School faculty in 1996, Hodrick was a professor at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University, where she was recipient of the Teacher of the Year award. She was a visiting professor of law and Rock Center for Corporate Governance Fellow at Stanford Law School from 2015 to 2021. She has also taught at the 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019 Stanford Director’s College and at the 2017, 2018, and 2019 Stanford Rock Center Program for Journalists: A Primer in Corporate Governance.

Professor Hodrick served as the founding director and chair of the Advisory Board of the Program for Financial Studies at Columbia Business School from 2010 to 2015.

Professor Hodrick currently serves as an independent director for Roku and PGIM (formerly Prudential retail) Funds. She chairs Roku’s audit committee and is designated as an audit committee financial expert. Professor Hodrick formerly served as an independent director for SYNNEX, Kabbage, Corporate Capital Trust, and Merrill Lynch Investment Managers.

Professor Hodrick received a BA in economics summa cum laude from Duke University and a PhD in economics from Stanford University.

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