Efraim Benmelech is the Harold L. Stuart Professor of Finance and the Director of the Guthrie Center for Real Estate Research at the Kellogg School of Management and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER). Professor Benmelech research interests are in the field of credit markets where he studies financial contracting, financial crises, securitization, bankruptcy and financial distress. He has published numerous journal articles and was awarded the 2004 Lehman Brothers Fellowship for Research Excellence in Finance, an NSF CAREER Award, and the 2011 Brattle Prize for the outstanding research paper on corporate finance published in the Journal of Finance for his paper "Bankruptcy and the Collateral Channel." He also writes extensively on the economics of terrorism and economic history. Professor Benmelech's research on financial distress, the financial crisis and on terrorism have received wide media coverage in outlets such as Bloomberg, the Boston Globe, Fortune, Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, the Financial Times, The Economist and USA TODAY. He is an Editor of the Review of Corporate Finance Studies and an Associate Editor of the Journal of Finance. He holds BA and MBA degrees from the Hebrew University and a PhD in finance from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.