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Harbert College assistant professor of finance Justin Benefield was named the Kinnard Young Scholar Award winner for 2017. Presented by the American Real Estate Society, the award recognizes outstanding scholars at an early stage of their careers.

"For an academic, there really is no better compliment," said Benefield. "This provides external validation that the work I have done in my early career has been important and/or consequential."

Benefield’s research has appeared in elite publications such as the Journal of Real Estate and Finance, Real Estate Research Economics and the Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics. He was also ranked among the Top 25 authors for 2016, according to the Real Estate Academic Leadership.

Read more about the award online.