All of our faculty are prominent, award-winning scholars who continually enhance their expertise through research, publishing, consulting, and community service. Bryant's collaborative environment allows this extraordinarily accessible faculty to share their knowledge with you. Learn more about some of them below.
Peter Nigro, Ph.D.
Title: Professor of Finance, Sarkisian Chair in Financial Services
Phone: (401) 232-6380
Education: Ph.D., Economics, Boston College; M.S., Economics, University of Southern California; B.A., Economics, University of the Holy Cross
Peter Nigro has a few teaching principles – no lectures, no textbooks, no raising of hands. “In my class,” he said, “we use the Wall Street Journal and it’s a dialogue. I am known as a hard teacher. You come to class prepared.”
Nigro was trained as a labor economist and got into banking by luck. Working in Washington, D.C. at the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency – a bureau of the U.S. Department of the Treasury that is responsible for regulating all national banks – Nigro became interested in credit risk and fair lending issues.
He was fascinated by how borrowers and lenders get together, and how banks view borrowers as an investment. An intellectual omnivore, Nigro is also interested in the future of community banks, the inner workings of credit scoring models, and the mortgage underwriting process.
Nigro’s work is influential – former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke sat in the front row at one presentation. His consulting practice is vibrant, with several start-up companies, as well as the New York Attorney General’s Office, as clients.
“I enjoy consulting,” he said. “But even more, I enjoy teaching and seeing former students coming back to campus – and learning from them.”