22 Nov 2023

New Faculty Profiles: Max J. Miller


HBS faculty comprises more than 300 scholars and practitioners who bring leading-edge research, extensive experience, and deep insights into the classroom, to organizations, and to leaders across the globe. We asked new faculty at HBS about their background, their new roles, and their interests.

Max J. Miller, assistant professor, Finance

What is your educational background?
I just finished my PhD in finance from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Before that, I did my undergraduate work at Emory University, where I also studied finance.

What’s your area of research and what led you to it?
My work lies at the intersection of finance, macroeconomics, and political economy. I hope to combine insights from asset pricing to improve our understanding of public policy and political institutions. I focus on the interplay between political institutions and financial markets, the role that financial market and macroeconomic conditions play in generating wealth inequality, and the importance of political connections for foreign countries and firms in the United States.

What will you be teaching?
I’ll be teaching FIN2 in the spring.

What would you be doing if you weren’t an academic?
I’m not really sure. The last “real job” (i.e. before getting my PhD) I had I didn’t like very much.

Where are you from?
Atlanta, GA. It’s an awesome city and you should all go there.

What is something you like to do outside of your academic work?
Outside of work, I like to play basketball, tennis, and chess. Other than that, spending time with family and friends.

What’s your favorite book, movie, or piece of art?
I’m not really sure if I have a favorite. I’m a big fan of Hemingway. The Sun Also Rises really spoke to me when I read it as a younger adult, but I’m not sure if it would now.

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