Joel M. Vanden

Joel M. Vanden

Education & Credentials

  • BS, Engineering – University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • MBA – University of California, Los Angeles
  • Ph.D., Finance – University of California, Berkeley



Joel Vanden is an Associate Professor of Finance at the Smeal College of Business at The Pennsylvania State University. Before joining the Smeal College of Business in 2008, Professor Vanden was an Associate Professor at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. Prior to obtaining his Ph.D. and joining the Tuck School, Professor Vanden held positions at Bank of Boston Corporation, SunAmerica Life Insurance Company, Financial Engineering Associates, Chalke Incorporated, and Westinghouse Electric Corporation.

Professor Vanden has extensive experience in the areas of derivatives markets, asset pricing, debt markets, and mutual funds. He has published articles on these and other topics in leading finance and economic journals such as Journal of Financial & Quantitative Analysis, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Economic Theory, Journal of Business, Journal of Empirical Finance, and Mathematical Finance. He is a past recipient of the Paul Raether Tuck ’73 Fellowship for outstanding scholarly achievements and he has received research funding from The Institute for Quantitative Research in Finance (The Q-Group). His teaching expertise includes the topics of derivative markets, debt markets, asset pricing, financial institutions, asymmetric information, and mutual funds.