Professor of Finance
Office: 308 Purnell Hall
Phone: (302) 831-1786
Fax: (302) 831-3061
Dr. Raj Varma is Professor of Finance at the University of Delaware. Dr. Varma received his Ph.D. from the Pennsylvania State University. He has also served as a Visiting Associate Professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.
Professor Varma has taught corporate finance at various levels in the undergraduate, graduate and executive education programs at the University of Delaware. Dr. Varma has been the recipient of excellence-in-teaching awards and honors over ten times at the University of Delaware and has also been recognized for exemplary performance as a professor at the University of Delaware.
Professor Varma’s research interests include raising capital, financial institutions, and corporate governance & control. Dr. Varma has published numerous articles in several leading finance journals including three the Journal of Financial Economics. Professor Varma has been ranked in the Top 2.3% of the 17,601 authors who have published in 26 core finance journals from 1959 to 2008, a five-decade period which substantially encompasses the maturation period of the finance discipline. He is also the lead contributor for the University of Delaware’s rank among all institutes worldwide with regard to the weighted number of pages published by an institute’s faculty in the ‘Top 3’ journals in finance during the period 1990 to 2001.
Professor Varma has assisted with expert opinion testimony on a number of occasions for lawsuits in the areas of corporate governance and control and his articles in these and other areas have been cited frequently in various academic and popular publications. Dr.Varma’s research findings have been covered by a variety of media, including in the print media, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes, Christian Science Monitor, Accounting Today, CFA Digest, and CFO, the Magazine for Senior Financial Executives; and in the electronic media Reuters, Business Wire, CFO.com, Dow Jones Newswires and Associated Press Online.