Wayne Ferson

PhD Stanford University 1982
MA Stanford University 1979
MBA Southern Methodist University 1974
BS Southern Methodist University 1972


Investment performance evaluation, mutual funds, asset pricing, empirical methods.

Positions Held

Ivadelle and Theodore Johnson Chair of Banking and Finance, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California since 2007. Collins Chair in Finance, Boston College (2001-06). Pigott PACCAR Professor, University of Washington (1992-2001). Visiting professor at Stanford University, Arizona State University, the University of Miami and the University of South Carolina, Assistant Professor at the Wharton School (1981-83), Assistant and Associate professor at the University of Chicago (1983-92).

Professional Activities

Editor, Review of Asset Pricing Studies, President, Society of Financial Studies (2005-08), Editor, Journal of Empirical Finance (2004-06), President, Western Finance Association (2000-01), Editor, Review of Financial Studies (1996-99), Director of the American Finance Association (1997-99), Director of the Western Finance Association (1993-96) and Vice President (1998-99), Associate Editor for various journals, Steering Committee, Financial Economists Round Table (2008-12).

Honors and Awards

Best Discussant Award, Financial Research Association (2005), Smith-Breeden Prize Nominee (1992, 93, 96, 2001, 03), Berstein Fabozzi/Jacobs Levy award for Journal of Portfolio Management paper (2005), Dean's Research Award, University of Washington Business School (1997), New York Stock Exchange Award for the best paper on equity trading at the Western Finance Association meeting (1993), Graham and Dodd Scroll for Financial Analysts Journal paper (1991).


Frank Russell Company, investment performance evaluation.

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