My Reading Life: Dean Roger Huang

Author: Angela Sienko


It would be an understatement to say that free time is limited for Roger Huang, the Martin J. Gillen Dean and Professor of Finance for the No. 1-ranked Mendoza College of Business. Dr. Huang—an expert in international financial management and financial market microstructure—also serves as the college’s Kenneth R. Meyer Professor of Global Investment Management, and teaches global finance in the Executive MBA program and multinational financial management in the MBA program.

But Dean Huang is so committed to fit reading into his busy schedule that he sometimes has to pay extra for it—in luggage fees. That’s because most of his reading is done while he travels.

“My roller [suitcase] is usually quite heavy because of all the reading materials I take with me when I travel,” says Dean Huang. “That’s when I prefer to catch up on my reading— when I go out of town. I read at airports, on the planes and in my hotel room.”

Here, Dean Huang shares more details about his reading life:

Question: What are you reading now, and what have you read recently that has made an impact on you?

Dean Huang: Currently I am reading The Fall of Berlin 1945 by Antony Beevor. I am a WWII history buff. I recently read Jesus. A Pilgrimage by James Martin. It helps me understand Jesus in new ways.

Question: What types of things do you like to read, e.g. magazines, online articles, blogs, books, etc.?

Dean Huang: I read the Wall Street Journal, the New York Times, and The Financial Times, the Economist, Institutional Investor, the Chronicle of Higher Education and numerous other magazines.

Question:  What is your favorite book of all time and why?

Dean Huang: It is Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights. The characters have remained vivid in my mind since I first read it and I doubt I will ever forget them. 

Question: What book do you think every Mendoza student should read in some point in his/her life?

Dean Huang: I recommend A Random Walk Down Wall Street by Burton Malkiel. It is one of the best investment guides for all investors, including those not in the business world.