Paola Sapienza is the Donald C. Clark/HSBC Chair in Consumer Finance Professor at the Kellogg School of Management. She also serves as a faculty research fellow in the National Bureau of Economic Research's program on corporate finance and political economy and a research affiliate of the Center for Economic Policy Research.
Sapienza's areas of expertise include banking and financial institutions, behavioral economics, behavioral finance, corporate finance, emerging markets and regulation of financial markets, private equity and venture capital. Her work has been published in such journals as the American Economic Review, the Quarterly Journal of Economics, the Journal of Finance, the Journal of Financial Economics, and Science.
Sapienza is a Fellow of the European Corporate Governance Institute (ECGI) and she was elected director of the American Finance Association in 2011 for a three year term. She served on the board of the Academic Female Finance Committee (AFFECT) of the American Finance Association for four years, from 2015 to 2019. She received a bachelor's degree in economics from Bocconi University, and an MA and PhD in Economics from Harvard University.