Steven N. Kaplan is the Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (GSB). He is the faculty director of the GSB’s Polsky Entrepreneurship Center. Professor Kaplan has been a member of the faculty since 1988. He earned his Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University. He received his A.B., summa cum laude, in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard College. Prior to completing his Ph.D. studies, Professor Kaplan held positions with Kidder, Peabody & Co. and Booz, Allen & Hamilton.
Professor Kaplan's research and teaching focus on issues in private equity and entrepreneurial finance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, e-commerce, and corporate finance. He has published papers in a number of academic and business journals. He received the Smith Breeden Prize for the First Prize Paper in the Journal of Finance in 1998. Professor Kaplan is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a former director of the American Finance Association.
Professor Kaplan teaches advanced M.B.A. and executive courses in entrepreneurial finance and private equity, and in corporate financial management. He has been one of the top-rated teachers at the GSB in Business Week's surveys since 1992. Professor Kaplan was named one of the top twelve business school teachers in the United States in Business Week's 1994 survey of M.B.A. programs. He was named one of the top four teachers of entrepreneurship in the United States in Business Week's 1996 survey.
Professor Kaplan was awarded the GSB’s McKinsey Prize for
Teaching Excellence in 1998.
Professor Kaplan serves on the board of directors of Liberty Acorn Funds and Morningstar, and on several advisory boards.