Nicole Boyson, CPA, Ph.D.

Academic Affiliate,
Thought leader and educator specializing in capital markets and hedge funds in particular

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The Ohio State University (Ph.D. in Finance, Minor in Economics).


Dr. Boyson is currently the Department Chair of Finance at Northeastern University and Co-editor of Financial Analysts Journal.

Dr. Boyson's areas of research include: Hedge fund activism, investment advisory and broker dealer conflicts. M.B.A. & M.S.F.: Fixed Income Securities; Alternative Investments; Financial Seminar Undergraduate: Investments, Fixed Income Securities, Alternative Investments.

Previously, Dr. Boyson held positions in auditing & advisory in Big Four accounting firms and advisory roles in banking.

Relevant Experience

  • How Does Past Experience Impact Hedge Fund Activism?, 2022, with LinlinMa and Robert Mooradian, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis 57(4), 1279-1312.
  • Hostile Resistance to Hedge Fund Activism with PegaretPichler, 2019, Review of Financial Studies 32(2), 771-817.
  • Activism Mergers, with NickolayGantchevand Anil Shivdasani, 2017, Journal of Financial Economics 126, 54-73.
  • Thawing Frozen Capital Markets and Backdoor Bailouts: Evidence from the Fed's Liquidity Programs, 2017, with Jean Helwegeand Jan Jindra, Journal of Banking and Finance 83, 193-220.
  • Why Don't all Banks Practice Regulatory Arbitrage? Evidence from Usage of Trust Preferred Securities, 2016, with RüdigerFahlenbrachand René M. Stulz, Review of Financial Studies 29(7), 1821-1859.
  • Crises, Liquidity Shocks, and Fire Sales at Financial Institutions, 2014, with Jean Helwegeand Jan Jindra, Financial Management 43(4), 857-884.
  • Liquidity Shocks and Hedge Fund Contagion, 2012, with René Stulzand Christof Stahel, Journal of Investment Management 10(2), 1-19. 


The Ohio State University (Ph.D. in Finance, Minor in Economics).

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