Best Prof: Heather Tookes

Heather Tookes of Yale's School of Management is among the best 40 business school profs under 40

Heather Tookes of Yale’s School of Management is among the best 40 business school profs under 40.

Heather E. Tookes

Associate Professor of Finance

Age: 36

Institution: Yale School of Management

Hometown: Various (Norwalk, CT; Windsor, CT)

Marital Status:  Married

Children: None

Education: Cornell University, PhD, Finance

Brown University, BA, Economics

Courses: Corporate Finance

At Yale Since: 2004

Before Yale: Visiting Assistant Professor of Finance at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management

Fun Fact: “I did a stint on the Rugby team when I was at Brown.”

Professor Tookes’ research focuses on market microstructure and price discovery across related assets. Her current projects examine convertible bond markets; the role of capital structure in trading, liquidity, and price dynamics; and the impact of product market competition on financing decisions. The 36-year-old has presented her research papers to some of the leading financial institutions and regulating bodies including the United States Securities and Exchange Commission and Barclay’s Global Investors. In April, the Yale SOM alumni association awarded Tookes with a 2010 teaching award.

Students Say:

“I really feel like I learned a new language that can help me evaluate why things are priced as they are, and whether a strategy makes sense or not, in business or other sectors.  I think I most appreciate that in Professor Tookes’ class, even as she made the class one of my most rigorous, she met us where we were.” — Morgan Hall, Yale MBA Class of 2010

Heather Tookes is among The World’s 40 Best B-School Profs Under the Age of 40


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