Salman Arif is an award-winning assistant professor at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota. Previously, he was an assistant professor at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business and a visiting assistant professor at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. He earned a BA in Mathematics from Cornell University and a PhD from the Stanford Graduate School of Business.
He began his research career working on the multispectral image processing system aboard NASA's Spirit and Opportunity Mars rovers launched in 2003. Upon the successful launch of the Mars rovers he joined the investment bank at JP Morgan, where he traded exotic equity and credit derivatives and managed a $1bn+ options portfolio.
He has received multiple best paper awards for his scholarly work and is the recipient of the Indiana University Trustee Teaching Award and was a Finalist for the Business Week Faculty of the Year at the Carlson School (University of Minnesota). His research has been published in top-tier academic journals including the Journal of Accounting and Economics and Review of Financial Studies and has been covered by CNN, Financial Times, Barron's and Marketwatch. His areas of expertise include capital markets, the timing of disclosure, accruals, corporate investment, options and investor behavior.
Selected Works & Activities
Journal ArticlesS. Arif and C. Lee, Aggregate Investment and Investor Sentiment - Review of Financial Studies (2014)
Journal ArticlesS. Arif, N. Marshall and T. Yohn, Understanding the relation between accruals and volatility: A real options-based investment approach - Journal of Accounting and Economics (2016)
Journal ArticlesS. Arif, N. Marshall, J. Schroeder and T. Yohn, A growing disparity in earnings disclosure mechanisms: The rise of concurrently released earnings announcements and 10-Ks - Journal of Accounting and Economics (2019)
2021 Business Week Faculty of the Year (Carlson School, University of Minnesota) - Finalist
2019 Best Paper Award – 2019 Corporate Governance Symposium, Weinberg Center for Corporate Governance (University of Delaware)
2016 Best Paper Award, Finance Down Under conference (Host: University of Melbourne)
2016 Indiana University 2015 Trustee Teaching Award
2016 Excellence in Reviewing Award – FARS/AAA
2015 Winner - second prize, 2015 AQR Research Insight Award ($100K prize pool)
2006 – 2011 Stanford University Fellowship
2009 – 2010 Vice President, Stanford GSB Ph.D. Student Association
2006 Stanford GSB Jaedicke Merit Award (merit-based award - Stanford GSB PhD program)
2003 Phi Beta Kappa, Cornell University
2003 Merrill Presidential Scholar, Cornell University
2001 Lockheed Martin Award for Outstanding Achievement in Computer Science
2000 – 2003 Gates Millennium Scholarship, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (full scholarship)