Salman Arif is an assistant professor in the Department of Accounting 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 University of Pennsylvania Wharton School. 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 awards for his scholarly work and is the recipient of the Indiana University Trustee Teaching Award. 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 and Barron's. His areas of expertise include capital markets, the timing of disclosure, accruals, corporate investment, options and investor behavior.