Paola Sapienza is the Donald C. Clark/HSBC Chair in Consumer Finance Professor at the Kellogg School of Management. She is a Trustee of the European Corporate Governance Research Foundation (ECGRF) and she also serves as a faculty research fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research's program on corporate finance and political economy. She previously served as a faculty fellow in the former Zell Center for Risk Research, a research affiliate of the Center for Economic Policy Research.
Sapienza's areas of expertise include banking and financial institutions, behavioral economics, behavioral finance, corporate finance, emerging markets and regulation of financial markets, private equity and venture capital. Her work has been published in such journals as the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and Science. She has been featured in the Thompson Reuter's list of most influential scientific minds in 2014, 2015, and 2016. Professor Sapienza has been an Associate Editor at the Journal of Economic Perspectives, Management Science, and the Journal of Finance. She was elected director of the American Finance Association in 2011 for a three year term. She serves on the board of the Academic Female Finance Committee (AFFECT) of the American Finance Association.
She received a bachelor's degree in economics from Bocconi University, and an MA and PhD in Economics from Harvard University.
Professor Sapienza was an independent board member of Assicurazioni Generali SpA, a publicly listed insurer, from April 2010 until May 2019. She was also a member of the investment and strategic committee and the related party transaction committee of Assicurazioni Generali.