Research Director, Program on Institutional Investors
Lecturer on Law
Scott Hirst's research seeks to explain phenomena in corporate law, securities regulation, and related areas, and to inform policy making on these subjects. His work combines empirical methods and conceptual analyses from finance, accounting, and economics, with close attention to the institutional environment within which corporations and investors make decisions.
His recent scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in The Yale Journal on Regulation, The Harvard Business Law Review, The Journal of Corporation Law and The Journal of Economic Perspectives, and has been relied upon by the Securities and Exchange Commission in its rulemaking, and discussed in the Wall Street Journal, among other places.
Scott serves as the Research Director of the Harvard Law School Program on Institutional Investors and a Lecturer on Law, teaching the Corporate and Capital Markets Law and Policy class.
Before joining Harvard Law School, Scott practiced for seven years in the mergers and acquisitions group of Shearman & Sterling LLP in New York. He subsequently co-founded and served as the Associate Director of the Shareholder Rights Project.
Scott received Doctor of Juridical Science (SJD) and Master of Laws (LLM) degrees from Harvard Law School, where he was a Considine Fellow in Corporate Governance and was awarded the John M. Olin Prize in Law & Economics and the Victor Brudney Prize for Corporate Governance. His doctoral dissertation considered distortions in shareholder voting, both analytically and empirically.
Scott also received Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Commerce degrees, each with University Medals and First Class Honors, from the University of Queensland in Brisbane, Australia, with an empirical finance and accounting dissertation on corporate control transactions.