Bhanu Balasubramnian, Ph.D.

Bhanu Balasubramnian, Ph.D.
Title: Associate Professor
Dept/Program: Department of Finance
Office: CBA 218
Phone: (330) 972-6332


  • Ph.D., Finance, The University of Mississippi, (2008)
  • MBA, MS-MBA, The University of Mississippi, (2004)
  • B.Sc., Physics, The University of Madras, Madras, India, (1981)

Professional & Academic Experience

Academic Experience

  • Associate Professor of Finance, The University of Akron (2017 to present)
  • Assistant Professor of Finance, The University of Akron (2011 - 2017)
  • Instructor, Assistant Professor of Finance, Emporia State University, Emporia  (2008 - 2011).

Business Experience

  • Deloitte & Touché LLP, Memphis, TN ( Summer Intern) (2003).
  • Manager State Bank of India Group, India  (1981 - 2001).

Professional Experience

  • Program Appearances
    • Discussant, FMA Annual Meeting, 2006, 2008.
    • Referee, Journal of Money, Credit and Banking, 2009.
    • Referee, Financial Review, 2010.
  • Organizational Involvement
    • Member, Financial Management Association.
    • Member, American Finance Association.
    • Member, Indian Institute of Bankers, India.
    • Member, Program Committee, FMA Annual Meeting, 2009.
    • Member, Program Committee, Southern Finance Association, 2008.

Teaching Interests

  • Corporate Finance, Investments, Institutions and Markets.

Research Interests

  •   Financial Intermediation, Institutions and Markets, Corporate Finance.


Refereed Journal Articles

  • Balasubramnian and Ken B. Cyree, "Market Discipline of Banks: Why are yield spreads on bank-issued subordinated notes and debentures not sensitive to bank risks?," Journal of Banking and Finance, forthcoming.
  • Balasubramnian with Kevin Coulson and Tanja Steigner, “A Recipe for Success: How cross-functional projects motivate MBA Students, bring the
    University and local community closer, and keep the AACSB happy,” Journal for Advancement of Marketing Education, forthcoming.

Conference Presentations

    • "Acquirer Returns, Private Information, and Regulation Fair Disclosure" with Kathleen Fuller and Tanja Steigner
      • Southern Finance Association Annual Meeting , 2010 (Scheduled)
    • "Cross-Functional Course Design for the Accelerated MBA Program" with Tanja Steigner and Kevin Coulson
      • Financial Management Association Annual Meeting, 2010 (Scheduled)
    • “The Default Risk Sensitivity and Determinants of Subordinated Debt Yield Spreads” with Ken Cyree
      • The 45th Annual Conference on Bank Structure and Competition by The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, Chicago, IL, 2009.
      • Financial Management Association Annual Meeting , 2009
      • Southern Finance Association Annual Meeting, 2009
    • “Recipe for Success: How Cross-functional Projects Motivate MBA Students, Bring University and the Local Community Closer, and Keep AACSB Happy", with Tanja Steigner and Kevin Coulson
      • Fall Educators' Conference of the Marketing Management Association, St. Louis, 2009
    • “Market Discipline of Banks – Do Short Sellers Monitor Banks?” with Ken Cyree
      • Financial Management Association Annual Meeting , 2008
      • Southern Finance Association Annual Meeting, 2008
    • “Why do banks issue trust-preferred securities?” with Ken Cyree
      • Financial Management Association Annual Meeting , 2006


      • The Audrey S. Major Fund Award, 2009.
      • Graduate School Honors Fellowship, 2004-2008.
      • Graduate School Summer Research Grant, 2005, 2008.
      • AFA Travel Grant, 2007.
      • FMA Travel Grant, 2006.
      • Graduate Achievement Award, 2004.
      • John Palmer Scholar, 2002 - 2004.
      • Government of India Scholarship, 1978 - 1981.
      • National Merit Scholarship, 1977.