Benjamin E. Hermalin, whose areas of research include corporate governance, the study of organizations, and law and economics, holds professorships in both the economics department and the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley. In the latter, he is the Thomas and Alison Schneider Distinguished Professor of Finance. He also serves on the editorial board of the Journal of Economic Literature, and has served on the editorial board of the American Economic Review.
Hermalin received his Ph.D. from MIT in 1988, the same year he joined UC Berkeley as an assistant professor in the Department of Economics and the School of Business. He became a full professor in 1998. From 1999-2006 he was the Willis H. Booth Chair in Banking & Finance. He received the Schwabacher Award for outstanding teaching and research in 1993, and the Earl F. Cheit Outstanding Teaching Award in 1991. From 1999 to 2002, he served as the Haas School's Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Chair of the Faculty. He was the interim dean of the Haas School for most of 2002. He served as the economics department chair from 2005 until 2008.