Tip Sheet: University of Virginia Experts Available to Discuss Financial Crisis

September 19, 2008

September 18, 2008 — The University of Virginia offers the following economic experts for your consideration in reporting on economic issues:

Robert F. Bruner
Dean of the Darden School of Business, University of Virginia
Distinguished Professor of Business Administration
434-924-7481 (office)

Author of seven books and an expert in several areas of finance, including financial crises and mergers and acquisitions, Bruner speaks frequently with the media, having been quoted over 100 times in just the past three years. Major media have widely quoted him for stories about the current financial crises. He often provides big-picture lessons and historical context, drawing on his recent book, "The Panic of 1907: Lessons Learned from the Market's Perfect Storm," which examines a financial crisis that bears remarkable similarities to today's turbulence. Read his reactions to current events on his blog: www.darden.edu/html/deansblog.aspx

Recent quotes:

Commentary: Panic Like It's 1907
Forbes / Sept. 16

Looking Back to Move Forward
Wall Street Journal / Sept. 17

A History of Public Aid During Crises
New York Times / Sept. 7

William J. Wilhelm Jr.
Professor of commerce at U.Va.'s McIntire School of Commerce
434-924-7666 (office)
434-244-6363 (home)

An expert on financial markets and institutions, Wilhelm's most recent book is a history of investment banking: "Investment Banking: Institutions, Politics, and Law."

Recent quotes:

The Street's Future / What to Watch; Where to Look
Wall Street Journal / Sept. 16

Wall Street model broken by credit crisis
Reuters / Sept. 15

George S. Geis
Professor of Law, U.Va. School of Law

Geis is an expert in business law whose research focuses on business alliances, corporate finance, contract theory, and mergers and acquisitions. He is a former management consultant with McKinsey & Company and has worked for law firms in New York and Los Angeles.
"Right now, the focus is day-to-day survival," Geis said about the market shake-up. "After we escape the quicksand, there will be monumental energy for the fundamental regulatory reforms contemplated by the March 2008 Paulson blueprint."

Video: Prof. Geis Explains the Financial Market Crisis:


Miller Center of Public Affairs

David Leblang
Professor of Politics

David Leblang is a Faculty Associate in the GAGE program and J. Wilson Newman Professor of Governance and Professor of Politics at the University of Virginia. A specialist in political economy, Leblang has served as a consultant to the International Monetary Fund, The Directorate of Finance and Economics of the European Commission, and the Department of Defense. He is co-author of Democratic Politics and Financial Markets: Pricing Politics (2006) and more twenty-five journal articles in publications including The American Journal of Politics, International Organization, Economics and Politics, and the Journal of International Money and Finance. Leblang has written on the politics of economic growth, the determinants of exchange rate policy, the causes of currency crises and the link between elections and economic expectations.

U.Va. Department of Politics

Herman Schwartz
Professor of International Relations

Herman Schwartz's research focuses on the political and economic causes for the relocation of production on a global scale, and the political and economic consequences of such shifts. He edited and was a contributor to Employment "Miracles" (University of Amsterdam Press, 2005) and also wrote States vs. Markets: The Emergence of the Global Economy (2nd edition, Palgrave, 2000).

In February, he held a colloquium at the Miller Center: It's more than just subprime: The housing crisis, global capital flows, and American power.