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EducationNorthwestern University, Ph.D. (Finance) (1979).

Academic AppointmentsRobert W. Purcell Professor of Finance and Professor of Economics.

Prior AppointmentsProfessor (1989 - 1992), Associate Professor (1985 - 1988), Assistant Professor (1979 - 1984), Cornell University; Professor of Finance, University of Technology Sydney, 2016 - 2018; President, Western Finance Association, 1997 - 1998; President, American Finance Association, 2002 - 2003; President, Western Finance Association, 1997 - 1998; President, International Atlantic Economic Society, 2010 - 2011.

Recognition & AwardsWilliam F. Sharpe Award for Scholarship in Financial Research, recognizing the best paper in the Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 2016; Northern Finance Association Award for Best Paper on Capital Markets, 2011; Nasdaq OMX Award for Best Paper on Asset Pricing at the Western Finance Association meetings, 2009; Smith-Breeden Prize for Distinguished Paper in the Journal of Finance, 2000, 2002, 2003.

Research Field

Dr. O'Hara also publishes widely on a broad range of topics, including banking and financial intermediaries, law and finance, experimental economics, and finance and ethics