Laura T. Starks, Ph.D., is the Associate Dean for Research, the Charles E. and Sarah M. Seay Regents Chair of Finance, and Director of the AIM Investment Center in the McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin. She has taught undergraduate, MBA, Executive and Ph.D. courses on corporate finance, investments, global financial strategies, and environmental, social and governance investing among other topics. Her recent research focuses on corporate governance issues, institutional investors, mutual funds, and defined contribution pension funds. Dr. Starks is an Editor of the Review of Financial Studies. She has also served, on the Board of Directors of the American Finance Association, the Western Finance Association, and the Financial Management Association. She was previously President of the FMA and is currently Vice President of the WFA and Chairman of the Outside Council of the Society of Financial Studies. She is also currently serving on an Expert Panel for the Norwegian Ministry of Finance regarding the Norwegian Government Pension Fund.