World’s Best B-School Professors: Aswath Damodaran

NYU’s Aswath Damadaran used to teach tennis. Now he’s one of the world’s best MBA teachers in finance


Aswath Damodaran
Stern School of Business

Claim to Fame: Finance expert


UCLA, PhD, Finance
UCLA, MBA, Finance
Indian Institute of Management; MS, Management
Madras University, BCom, Accounting

At Stern Since: 1986

Before Stern: Visiting lecturer at the University of California, Berkeley

Fun Fact: I used to teach tennis before I started teaching finance.

If I wasn’t teaching, my dream job would be: Playing shortstop for the Yankees.

Best part of the job: Having a captive audience for my shtick and then getting to review that audience (with grades). Making a difference in how people think about numbers/finance and being my own boss.

Worst part of the job: Assigning a substandard grade to someone who has learned a great deal but may not have been able to show that in tests/exams/reports.

When Professor Aswath Damodaran sets out to teach a class or give a lecture, his goal is to convert each student into a born again finance enthusiast. Damodaran’s passion for teaching finance has garnered him high marks for teaching excellence. In 1988 and 1990 he was presented with Stern’s Excellence in Teaching Award and NYU’s Distinguished Teaching Award, respectively. The impression he has left on MBA students over the years is demonstrated by his repeated rank as the leading vote-getter for Professor of the Year, an award he has received five times during his career at Stern.

Professor Damodaran’s enthusiasm stems from his research and interests in the areas of valuation, corporate finance, and investment management. He has written several key texts on these topics; texts which are highly regarded and widely used throughout academia. In 2011 he partnered with Anant Sundaram from the Tuck School of Business to create an iPad app for investors. uValue is a free valuation tool available for investors on iTunes.

Students Say:

What I find amazing about Professor Damodaran is his accessibility. He makes himself available to speak with students, not only immediately before and after class, but also nearly anywhere or anytime he is on campus. And when he’s not on campus he often responds to emails within minutes, no matter the day or time or where he might be in the world at that particular moment. — Michael Tarulli – MBA Class of 2011


  • U Nandakumar Narath

    Valuation is a topic which is very important in our present day world and it is a pleasure to know the work of Prof. Aswath Damodaran, an International authority on the topic from this perspective.

  • Guest

    Mr. Damodaran was a good Cricket player during his schools days (in India).

  • Fritos

    Prof. Damdoran, I read your little black book on valuation and found it really useful. Great work of scholarship.

  • Rich L.

    He was the best lecturer and teacher at Stern during my 2 years of MBA study. No one is more engaging, thoughtful, and fair. His utter lack of ego is perhaps his most endearing quality, and it is what truly sets him apart from his peers. Since the shortstop position is vacant in the Bronx right now, don’t be surprised to see a last-minute sabbatical taken – and I don’t doubt for a minute that he could pull off a try-out.

  • bcs

    Professor Damodaran is one of the clearest thinkers I’ve met re: finance, and explains himself just as clearly.

  • Kai

    RedSoxFan: Did you realize that damadoran is a Yankees fan?

  • RedSoxFan

    The best! What a wonderful professor. His whole class is online and he is so humble and down-to-earth. He even tells his students not to “buy” his own textbooks because he is looking out for them and makes his materials available to all. Prof. Damodaran is the crown jewel of Stern and the BEST b-school professor. I don’t think he receives enough credit for the work he is doing. His whole class can be accessed at: