Professor Devin Shanthikumar is an Associate Professor in the Accounting group, and is the Accounting Area Coordinator. She teaches undergraduate, MBA, and executive-level courses in Managerial Accounting. Prior to joining The Paul Merage School of Business, Shanthikumar served on the faculty at the Harvard Business School (HBS), where she taught both Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting for MBAs, and wrote cases which are used in accounting courses across the country.
Her research focuses on the investing decisions of individual investors and the impact that these investors have on the market, as well as on the role of financial intermediaries and information sources, such as analysts, the press, and the Internet. For example, Shanthikumar has examined whether small and large investors each account for analysts’ conflicts of interest, the mistakes that small investors make when reacting to patterns of earnings performance, such as streaks of positive earnings surprises, and the role that “local bias” plays in investors’ Google search behavior, and the effects this local bias has on the stock market around earnings announcements. Her research has been published in top journals, including The Accounting Review, the Journal of Financial Economics, Review of Financial Studies, and Management Science.
Shanthikumar earned her PhD in Business Administration with a focus in Finance from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business, where she received the Jaedicke Merit Award for outstanding academic performance. She earned her BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with Highest Honors from the University of California, Berkeley. Shanthikumar also completed a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard Business School, and is a graduate of one of Harvard Business School’s executive education programs, the General Manager Program, and one of Harvard’s teaching-focused short programs, the Colloquium on Participant Centered Learning.