James Smith

J.B. Fuqua Professor

Academic Area: Decision Sciences
Phone Number: +1.919.660.7770

Teaching / Research Interests

Probability and Statistics, Decision Analysis, Representing and Solving Decision Problems, Valuation of Risky Projects

Mailing Information

Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708


James E. Smith is J.B. Fuqua Professor in the Decision Sciences area at the Fuqua School of Business, Duke University. Professor Smith's research interests lie primarily in the areas of decision analysis and focus on developing methods for studying dynamic decision problems and valuing risky investments. Smith was awarded the Frank P. Ramsey Medal for distinguished contributions to decision analysis in 2008.  At Duke, he teaches probability and statistics and decision modeling. 

Outside of Duke, Smith is active with INFORMS' Decision Analysis Society and served as president of the society from 2008‐2010.  Smith has served in a variety of editorial roles for INFORMS journals, including eight years as the Departmental Editor for Decision Analysis at Management Science. He currently serves on the editorial boards for Management Science, Operations Research, and Decision Analysis. 

Professor Smith received B.S. and M.S. degrees in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University (in 1984 and 1986) and worked as a management consultant prior to earning his Ph.D. in Engineering‐ Economic Systems at Stanford in 1990.  He joined the Duke faculty in 1990.