Professor Steve Slezak is the director of the Carl H. Lindner III Center for Insurance and Risk Management. As director, Slezak is committed to creating a platform that explores the synergies between finance, insurance and risk management at the academic and industry level, all while respecting the rich perspective and methodologies each discipline offers.
Slezak is a professor of finance and real estate. His research, which examines the effect of asymmetric information and adverse selection on incentives and the measurement and pricing of risks, appears in top-tier finance and economics journals, including the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Journal of Economics and Management Strategy.
His recent research includes work on liquidity and liquidity risk, fraud and incentives, asset bubbles, the pricing of idiosyncratic risk and optimal portfolio choice under uncertainty aversion and model uncertainty. His work has also utilized conditional survival models to determine the effect of corporate governance structures on the likelihood of surviving financial distress.
Slezak joined the University of Cincinnati in 2002. His teaching at Lindner College of Business currently focuses on investments (including portfolio management, fixed income and derivatives) and risk management, has received the Harold J. Grilliot Award for Exemplary Service to Undergraduate Organizations and the Michael L. Dean Excellence in Classroom Education and Learning EXCEL Graduate Teaching Award.
Slezak has also served in various administrative and leadership roles in the College, including Academic Director of MBA Programs, Undergraduate Program Director for Finance, Finance Department Head, and Faculty Advisor to the Johnson Investment Counsel Student-Managed Fund.