Diane K. Denis

Katz Alumni Chair in Finance, Professor of Business Administration, and Area Director for Finance
368B Mervis Hall


PhD in Finance, 1990, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, MI
MBA, 1981, Cranfield Institute of Technology, UK
BS in Finance, 1980, Oakland University, Rochester, MI

Courses Recently Taught

Corporate Restructuring & Mergers, Undergraduate level, University of Pittsburgh, Purdue University
Seminar in Managerial Finance, PhD seminar, University of Pittsburgh, Purdue University
Mergers, Acquisitions, & Corporate Restructuring, Masters level, Purdue University


Diane Denis is Professor & Katz Alumni Chair in Finance. Professor Denis has published widely in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, corporate diversification, corporate restructuring, and other areas of corporate governance and corporate finance. She has published in the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Finance, and the Journal of Accounting and Economics, as well as in other finance journals. She serves as an associate editor for a number of finance journals and is the co-editor of a two-volume book of readings on international corporate governance. Her teaching interests are in corporate finance and mergers and acquisitions at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Professor Denis received a BS in Finance from Oakland University in 1980, an MBA from the Cranfield Institute of Technology in the UK in 1981, and a PhD in Finance from the University of Michigan in 1990. She joined Katz in 2011, following 16 years on the faculty at Purdue University and six years on the faculty at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. She served as the Senior Associate Dean for Faculty & Research at Purdue from 2006-2009.

Recent Publications

"Mandatory Clawback Provisions, Information Disclosure, and the Regulation of Securities Markets," Journal of Accounting and Economics, forthcoming

"Earnouts: A Study of Financial Contracting in Acquisitions Agreements," with Matthew Cain and David Denis, Journal of Accounting and Economics 51 (2011), pp. 151-170.

"International Corporate Governance Research," in Corporate Governance: A Synthesis of Theory, Research, and Practice, Edited by H. Kent Baker and Ronald Anderson, John Wiley and Sons, Inc., 2010

"Duration, Outcome, and Post-Reorganization Performance," Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 42 (2007), pp.101-118, with Kimberly Rodgers

"Leverage and Investment in Diversified Firms," Journal of Financial Economics 79 (2006), pp. 317-337, with Seoungpil Ahn and David Denis

Recent Working Papers

Breaking the Ties that Bind: Board Structure Following Corporate Spinoffs, with David J. Denis and Mark D. Walker

Awards and Honors

Teaching Academy Fellow, Purdue University, 2004-2011

Salgo Noren MBA teaching award, 2004, Krannert Graduate School of Management, Purdue University

Krannert Faculty Fellow, 2003, Krannert Graduate School of Management, Purdue University

Dean's Office Faculty Service Award, 2003, Krannert Graduate School of Management, Purdue University

Best Paper Award, Financial Management, 1992 annual meetings of the Financial Management Association

External Service and Assignments

Fellow of the Center for Corporate Governance, Drexel University, 2009-2012

Editorial Advisory Board, Corporate Governance: An International Review, 2009-present

Board of Directors, Financial Management Association, 2008-2010

Associate Editor, Journal of Corporate Finance, Journal of Financial Research, Review of Financial Economics, Financial Review (through 2009), Financial Management (1997-1999)

Guest Editor, Review of Financial Economics, Special issue on corporate governance

Personal Interests

In her spare time Diane enjoys cooking and eating, collecting wine, hiking, biking, books, and movies. She especially enjoys sharing these things with her husband, Dave, and their adult children, Matt and Ellen.