Steven N. Kaplan is the Neubauer Family Professor of Entrepreneurship and Finance at the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business (GSB). Professor Kaplan joined the faculty in 1988.
Professor Kaplan is one of the foremost researchers in the world on corporate governance, private equity and venture capital. His papers on LBOs are the standard references in the field. He has testified to U.S. Senate and U.S. House Committees about his research. Professor Kaplan is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He is an associate editor of the Journal of Finance and the Journal of Financial Economics.
Professor Kaplan teaches advanced M.B.A. and executive courses in entrepreneurial finance and private equity, corporate financial management, corporate governance, and wealth management. He has been one of the top-rated teachers at the GSB in Business Week's bi-annual surveys since 1992. Business Week named him one of the top twelve business school teachers in the country.
Kaplan founded the entrepreneurship program at the Chicago GSB in 1997 and serves as the faculty director of the GSB’s Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship. Professor Kaplan currently serves as the academic co-dean of the Kauffman Fellows Program, an educational program designed to educate and train emerging leaders in venture capital and high-growth companies.
Professor Kaplan serves on the board of directors of Accretive Health, Columbia Acorn Funds, and Morningstar (MORN). He also serves as a director of the Chicago NACD and the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools.
He earned his Ph.D. in Business Economics from Harvard University. He received his A.B., summa cum laude, in Applied Mathematics and Economics from Harvard College.