About Jesus College/Our community/ People
Professor Renée Adams

Roles and subjects

Senior Research Fellow



Academic Background


University of Chicago: Ph.D. Economics

Stanford University: M.S. Mathematics,

U.C. San Diego: B.A. Mathematics

Main positions:

University of Oxford, Saïd Business School, Oxford, UK

UNSW Business School, UNSW, Australia

UQ Business School, University of Queensland, Australia

Stockholm School of Economics, Department of Finance

Federal Reserve Bank of New York, New York, NY

Selected other positions:

Aalto University, Finland (Distinguished Visiting Professor, 2019-2022)

Goethe University, Germany (Senior Fellow, Research center “Foundations of Law and Finance”, 2019-2020)

Most recent award:

HEC Lausanne Female Career Award in 2019, for “expansive career in the fields of corporate and bank governance, as well as gender diversity”

Undergraduate Teaching

Research methods

Postgraduate Teaching

DPhil: Empirical Corporate Finance, Research Methods

MBA/Masters: Corporate Finance, Valuation

Research Interests

My work is interdisciplinary and lies at the intersection between economics, finance, management and psychology.

I am interested in group decision-making and how group identity (typically gender), information, culture, preferences and values moderate decision-making. My research can be loosely categorized as being in the area of corporate governance, because I often study these themes in the context of corporate boards. But I also explore these themes outside the governance setting, most recently in the art world.

My interest in gender diversity is not limited to research. I co-founded AFFECT, the American Finance Association’s “Academic Female Finance Committee”, in 2015, and chaired it until 2020.

Other Interests

Since coming to Oxford, I have rediscovered my love of art. I am currently improving my drawing skills and thinking about how to integrate art and science for greater impact. I’m dabbling in comic-making to see if comics can help convey scientific ideas that challenge people’s beliefs. I’m inspired by the Graphic Medicine movement.

I am also learning how to play the drums and tap dance. I like to cook and bake, and I read every moment I get.

I have an 11- year old son who is interested in magic. My son plays the guitar and drums and will sometimes agree to let me accompany his guitar-playing on the drums.


Subject notes for courses taught at Jesus College:

See also Professor Adams website and departmental website.