Rich Mathews conducts theoretical research in the areas of corporate finance, industrial organization, and corporate governance. In one line of research, he studies the strategic implications of inter-firm relationships such as mergers, alliances, and private trades of minority equity stakes. In another, he studies the corporate governance implications of trading and intervention by hedge funds and other large shareholders. He also studies contracting in innovation and venture capital.
He has published articles in all three major academic finance journals: the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. He has also published in the RAND Journal of Economics, a leading economics journal in industrial organization, and Management Science. Before joining the Smith School he was on the faculty at Duke University's Fuqua School of Business. He completed his Ph.D. at the University of Rochester, and prior to that he worked as an investment banker at Alex. Brown & Sons in Baltimore, Maryland, and also as a financial analyst at ABS Capital Partners, a Baltimore-based private equity fund.