Posted March 14, 2007

Introducing new faculty: John David Cummins

J. David Cummins

The Joseph E. Boettner chair of risk management, insurance and financial institutions, director of the Advanta Center for Research in Financial Institutions, and member of the Research Roundtable, Fox School of Business

Last stop: The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania, for more than three decades. Harry J. Loman Professor of Insurance and Risk Management and executive director of the S.S. Huebner Foundation.

Degree: Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1972; M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1971; B.A., University of Nebraska, 1968.

Research areas: Insurance economics; financial risk management, productivity and efficiency; securitization.

Fall classes: “I’ll be teaching an actuarial science class on loss distributions and statistics.”


J David Cummins
Photo by Joseph V. Labolito / Temple University
John David Cummins

Recent publications: Author and co-author of 16 books, including a textbook, which came out this January, Handbook of International Insurance: Between Global Dynamics and Local Contingencies. He is also the author of 34 book chapters and of 85 articles that have appeared in academic journals. His most recent article, “The Economics of Insurance Intermediaries,” was published in the Journal of Risk and Insurance, the premier journal in the field.

Something no one would guess about me: “I’m a huge jazz fan, especially John Coltrane and Wynton Marsalis.”

Philosophy about teaching: “I try to keep things interesting and give students a good intuition for what they’re learning rather than just applying the formulas mechanically.”

Thing I like most about teaching: “I love working with doctoral students, and I’ve advised more than 41 students for their dissertations and am currently chairing 11 students. It’s exciting because you’re training the next generation of intellectual leaders.”

Why I chose Temple: “Temple has a thriving and dynamic risk management and insurance program, and it’s one of the biggest — if not the biggest — in the country. Temple also has a really fantastic faculty.”