Asaf Bernstein is an assistant professor of finance at the University of Colorado at Boulder's Leeds School of Business. Prior to joining Leeds he completed his PhD in Financial Economics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His primary area of research is empirical corporate finance, but his interests generally lie at the intersection of policy and finance and include economic history, asset pricing, and household finance.

Professor Bernstein's research has looked at the effect of financial regulations and institutions, including the Federal Reserve, rating agencies, centralized clearing, and mortgage assistance programs. This work has been published in the Journal of Financial Economics and selected for inclusion in the SFS Finance Cavalcade and Western Finance Association annual meetings. Based on his graduate work he received the 2016 AQR Top Finance Graduate Award by Copenhagen Business School, which recognizes the most promising finance PhD graduates in the world. Prior to graduate school, he received his B.S. in Economics and Mathematics at Harvey Mudd College and worked as a quantitative trader at an investment bank in New York.

In the fall of 2016 he will be co-teaching FNCE 3010: Corporate Finance with Professor Rob Dam.