Virginia Tech Pamplin Departments

John Pinkerton


Suntrust Professor of Finance

Department of Finance
Pamplin College of Business
Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Curriculum Vitae


Education and Certification

Ph.D., University of Florida, 1979
M.B.A., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1972
B.S., Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 1971


Dr. Pinkerton is an outstanding professor who has taught many different courses at the undergraduate, MBA and doctoral levels. Dr. Pinkerton's teaching experience includes appointments as a Visiting Professor at Northeastern University's School of Public Accounting and numerous management development programs. He has won several awards for his teaching including the Learning Resources Award and the Certificate of Teaching Excellence.


Dr. Pinkerton's research is mainly directed towards issues of capital structure, market efficiency and investment banking. He has successfully completed numerous market efficiency studies, the most important investigating insider trading around mergers. Recently, he extended the well-known Fisher model of real and nominal interest rates to include purchasing power and risk. He has around 40 articles published in various academic and practitioner journals including the Journal of Finance. His research has been well received, has found significant interest among academics, and is widely cited in various studies and referenced in major texts.

Business Experience:

Dr. Pinkerton has served as a Consultant to various firms over a period of 20 years. Some of the firms are First Union Bank, Department of Energy, Edison Electric Institute, and Catawba Capital Management, for whom he continues to offer his consulting expertise.

Service-Related Contributions:

Dr. Pinkerton has chaired the Department Undergraduate Curriculum Committee for several years and the College Research Committee. He served as the Director of Ph.D. Program for the Department of Finance for 5 years. He is a member of various committees and commissions of the department, college and the university.

Professional Achievements:

Dr. Pinkerton is a member of professional associations such as the American Finance Association, Financial Management Association and the Southern Finance Association. He has also served as a referee for many journals including the Journal of Finance.