Department of Finance

Fisher Campus

"We are committed to providing a research-oriented atmosphere. We are proud of our time-tested legacy of research collaboration among faculty and PhD students and strive to promote practical business application of faculty research in the classroom."

Bernadette A. Minton Professor and Chair, Department of Finance

Welcome to the Department of Finance which houses faculty specializing in financial economics, business law, and insurance. Our over 20 faculty members are internationally known researchers and teachers. We provide a vibrant research and teaching atmosphere, characterized by extensive collaboration with a shared goal of conducting leading-edge research and providing students with the skills they need to succeed in the field of finance.

Faculty research is consistently recognized by award-winning publications in leading finance journals and the Department is regularly ranked as among the top finance departments in the world. This research effort is facilitated by resources made available through the Charles A. Dice Center for Research in Financial Economics that is dedicated to promoting high-quality research in financial economics. The Dice Center sponsors the Stephen A. Buser Seminar Series in Financial Economics, showcasing research by colleagues from around the world.

Our faculty share their expertise and research insights not only with regulators, policy makers and corporations worldwide but all with our undergraduate and graduate students. By demonstrating the practical insights from faculty research, the Department provides students with a variety of courses reflecting the latest research findings and business and market practices.

Mission Statement

To foster an environment conducive to faculty research and teaching of the highest caliber to advance the area of finance. The department strives to develop its faculty throughout the course of their careers in the achievement of excellence in scholarly research, education and service.

  • Research

    The department prides itself in how we provide a vibrant research environment characterized by extensive collaboration and shared goal of excellence in cutting-edge research. Faculty and doctoral students publish research in leading finance and economic journals.

    Research Highlights


    Professor Stulz receives University’s highest research award

    René Stulz, Professor of Finance and Everett D. Reese Chair of Banking and Monetary Economics, was recently honored with a 2016 Distinguished Scholar Award (DSA) by The Ohio State University and its Office of Research. The University’s top research award recognizes exceptional scholarly accomplishments by senior professors who have compiled a substantial body of research. More...


    • Programs

      The Finance Department Curriculum covers a broad range of specializations and programs. Each academic program is designed to set students up for success through a rigorous curriculum that is leading-edge in its focus.

    • Recent News

      November 30, 2016: “Is the American Public Corporation in Trouble?”

      Research by René Stulz, Professor of Finance and Everett D. Reese Chair of Banking and Monetary Economics and his co-author, Kathleen Kahle, a graduate of Fisher’s PhD program in Finance has been covered by Fortune and CNBC. "Is the American Public Corporation in Trouble?”

      Finance faculty research cited in an article in Institutional Investor

      Prof. Michael Weisbach and Prof. Berk Sensoy’s research on “Measuring Institutional Investors Skill from their Investments in Private Equity” was used as a reference in an article written by Leanna Orr entitled “Skill Pays Off When Allocating to Private Equity”.

      Faculty member receives undergraduate teaching award

      Matt Sheridan, Senior Lecturer in Finance, receives the 2017 Max M. Fisher Faculty Eminence Award. This award celebrates a Fisher faculty member whose undergraduate teaching is transformational.

      Faculty members honored at 2016 Pace Setters Award Ceremony

      Kewei Hou, Associate Professor of Finance, was honored with the 2016 Pace Setters Faculty Research Award at the annual Pace Setters Awards on March 4, 2016. The award recognizes a Fisher faculty member who had made notable research contributions in his/her field of research. Prof. Hou Kewei, an international scholar in the area of empirical asset pricing, has produced a body of work that is impactful and highly visible globally in both the academic and practitioner communities.

      Matt Sheridan, Senior Lecturer of Finance, was honored with the 2016 Daniel Westerbeck Undergraduate Teaching Award at the annual Pace Setters Awards on March 4, 2016. The award recognizes a faculty member in the undergraduate program for his/her teaching excellence, as determined by student input. Drawing on professional experiences as a Corporate Credit Analyst and Portfolio Manager at Cincinnati Financial as well as a Financial Market Data Consultant at Bloomberg, in New York, Matt enhances students’ learning with valuable hands-on applications of theory to practical investment decisions.

      Specialized Master in Finance program ranked among the best in the United States by the Financial Times.


      Partnership brings together Fisher students and Diamond Hill analysts


      Saying Goodbye to a Dear Colleague

      It is with a sad heart that we announce the unexpected passing of our dear friend and colleague, Paul Weinstock. Paul has been a fixture at the Fisher College of Business for the past 19 years, teaching many courses in the finance as well as the real estate field. Paul was someone who cared deeply about his students and who always found an encouraging word. We will miss him greatly and send our sincere condolences to his family and friends.

      Paul's full obituary.

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