Thomas Bates, chair of the Department of Finance, joined the faculty of the W. P. Carey School of Business as an associate professor and Dean’s Council of 100 Distinguished Scholar in 2009. Professor Bates has taught corporate finance to students at the undergraduate, MBA, EMBA, and PhD levels. He currently serves in a variety of roles at ASU, including as an advisor to the investment committee for the ASU Foundation.
Prior to his appointment at ASU, Bates was an associate professor and McCoy/Rogers Fellow at the University of Arizona and an assistant professor at both the University of Delaware and the University of Western Ontario. In practice, Professor Bates has worked with companies and legal firms as an adviser on issues related to the valuation of companies, corporate governance, and compensation.
Professor Bates is a regular contributor to academic literature in financial economics, publishing in journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Financial Management. His work addresses a variety of issues, including the contracting environment in mergers and acquisitions, corporate liquidity and cash holdings, and the governance of corporations. He co-authored the textbooks "Fundamentals of Corporate Finance," published in 2011, and "The Essentials of Corporate Finance," published in 2013.