Richard Townsend

Assistant Professor of Business Administration; Daniel T. Revers T’89 Faculty Fellow


Rick Townsend is an Assistant Professor of Finance at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College, where he teaches Entrepreneurial Finance. He joined Tuck in July 2011. Rick received a Bachelor's degree in Economics from Stanford University and earned his Ph.D in Economics from Harvard University in 2011. Rick conducts empirical research in corporate finance with a particular emphasis on private equity and corporate governance. In recent work, he has studied how companies backed the same VC affect one another, the relationship between observably lucky success and confidence/risk-taking, and how option compensation affects risk-taking behavior for corporate executives.


Areas of Interest

Corporate Finance, Entrepreneurial Finance  //

  • Venture Capital
  • Innovation
  • Executive Compensation
  • Initial Public Offerings






  • 2011, Harvard University, Ph.D. in Economics
  • 2007, Harvard University, A.M. in Economics
  • 2005, Stanford University, B.A. in Economics, Minor in Mathematics, Minor in Computer Science