Jason Sturgess

Assistant Professor of Finance
Ph.D. Finance, London Business School, 2008
Suite 5526
1 E Jackson Blvd, Chicago, IL 60604

Jason Sturgess is an Assistant Professor of Finance at Driehaus College of Business, DePaul University. Jason was previously Assistant Professor of Finance at McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University. Before continuing with his graduate studies, Jason worked at Royal Dutch Shell in roles spanning M&A, project finance, and strategy.

Jason’s research lies in the boundaries of corporate finance, corporate governance, and financial intermediation. Most recently, his attention has been drawn to understanding better how banks make lending decisions that in turn affect the real economy via firm-level investment and financing constraints. Additionally, some new work examines the role of information in decision-making by financial experts such as investment analysts and bank loan managers. His work on corporate governance focuses on the role of monitors, such as institutional investors or lawyers; and also on establishing the value of shareholder democracy through identifying the value of the vote. Finally, his work on corporate investment policy attempts to understand determinants of corporate investments. This work has examined organic investment as well as mergers and acquisitions, both domestically and globally.

Jason’s work has been published at The Review of Finance and The Journal of Corporate Finance, and has been presented at international conferences including the annual meetings of the American Finance Association, Western Finance Association, European Finance Association, and Financial Management Association.

Sturgess was born near Oxford, England. He received a Bachelors degree in Mathematics from Nottingham University, and a Masters degree in Weather, Climate and Modeling from the University of Reading. He then worked in corporate finance and banking for seven years, earning a Masters in Finance part-time at London Business School. The Masters in Finance gave Jason a taste of academia and he returned to London Business School to complete a Masters in Research and PhD in Finance.

Jason has experience of teaching both MBA and undergraduate classes in finance at Georgetown University and London Business School. He will be teaching advanced elective courses in Mergers & Acquisitions, Problems in Corporate Financial Policy, and Cases in Financial Decision Making.

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Academic Degrees


Ph.D. Finance, London Business School, 2008

M.Res. Finance, London Business School, 2005

M.Sc. Finance, London Business School, 2003

M.Sc. Weather, Climate and Modeling, University of Reading, 1998