Korok is an Associate Professor at the Mays Business School of Texas A&M University. He teaches the Bitcoin protocol to business and engineering students.

Korok is a game theorist who studies multi-agent contracting.  He studies incentive systems in repeated environments where rational agents compete, work, and produce. His research sits on the boundary between social science and computation, and his chief area of application is the Bitcoin blockchain and the Lightning Network. 

Korok founded the Mays Innovation Research Center, an interdisciplinary center at Texas A&M dedicated to the study of innovation. Korok also founded the Southwest Innovation Research Lab (SwIRL), a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to expanding innovation among k-12 children in Texas.

Korok earned a BS in mathematics from the University of Chicago and a PhD in economics from Stanford University. He has taught at the University of Chicago and Georgetown University, as well as Texas A&M University.  He also served on the Council of Economic Advisers of the White House from 2007 to 2009 during the historic financial crisis.


2015 - Current

Associate Professor (with tenure)

Texas A&M Mays Business School

August 2012 - May 2015

Assistant Professor

Texas A&M Mays Business School


AY 2004

Ph.D., Economics,

Stanford Graduate School of Business

Essays on Performance Evaluation

AY 1999

B.S. Mathematics, summa cum laude

University of Chicago



Digital Accounting Transactions

Economics of Intellectual Property 



Game Theory

Algorithmic Mechanism Design