Emery A. Trahan is Northeastern University’s D’Amore-McKim School of Business Interim Dean and a Professor of Finance. For the last 33 years, he has devoted his career to Northeastern's business programs and its students, as well as to the university’s mission and vision. Over those years, he has been part of the college’s notable upward trajectory and its transition from the College of Business Administration to the D’Amore-McKim School of Business.

Since 1988, he has served in various tenured and tenured-track faculty roles including the Donald F. Harding Professorship in Finance and Chair of the Finance Group. Most recently, Trahan spent the last seven years serving as D’Amore-McKim’s Senior Associate Dean of Faculty and Research, in addition to serving as Interim Dean during the summer of 2017.

Trahan has taught many graduate, undergraduate, and executive-level courses over his tenure with Northeastern and received several recognitions for teaching excellence. He is also published in numerous academic and practitioner journals and authored and co-authored books and books chapters, most recently a chapter in Private Equity: Opportunities and Risk titled, “Valuing Private Equity.”

He has been elected and served on several Northeastern college and university committees and task forces, including ones that shaped faculty research, policy, tenure and promotion, and program curriculum. Trahan has also served his profession in various ways throughout his career, including as a member of the CFA Society of Boston’s Board of Directors, the Vice President of Local Arrangements for the Eastern Finance Association, and as a Research Fellow and an Advisory Board member of the Center for Institutional Investment Management (CIIM) at the University at Albany. He was also an Associate Editor for the Journal of Business Research.

Trahan is both a Certified Public Accountant from the State of New York and a Chartered Financial Analyst. He received his MA and PhD in Financial Economics from The State University of New York at Albany and his BS in Accounting from The State University of New York at Plattsburgh.

Education

  • PhD Economics and Finance, State University of New York-Albany
  • MA Financial Economics, State University of New York-Albany
  • BS Accounting, State University of New York-Plattsburgh

Selected Publications

  • Chakraborty, A., Grant, J., Trahan, E. A., Varma, B. (2021). Seeking Alpha from Dividend Announcements: Big-Data Insights from Joining CAR and EVA Style Analysis, Journal of Investing, 30, in press.
  • Chakraborty, A., Grant, J., Trahan, E. A., Varma, B. (2020). Seeking Alpha from Stock Splits. Journal of Investing, 29, 77-91.
  • Chakraborty, A., Grant, J., Trahan, E. A., Varma, B. (2019). Seeking Alpha from Share Repurchases, Journal of Investing, 29, 61-79.
  • Chakraborty, A., Grant, J., Trahan, E. A., Varma, B. (2019). When Should Investors Short the Stocks of Acquiring Firms? Big-Data Insights from Joining CAR and EVA Style Analysis, Journal of Investing, 28, 17-29.
  • Chakraborty, A., Grant, J., Trahan, E. A. (2019). The EVA Style Approach to Tactical Asset Allocation, Journal of Wealth Management, 20, 41-53.
  • Bolster, P., Trahan, E. A., Wang, P. (2016). Assessing Performance of Morningstar’s Star Rating System for Equity Investment, Journal of Economic and Financial Studies, 4, 11-22.
  • Platt, H., Trahan, E.A. (2014). Chapter: Private Equity: Opportunities and Risk, Valuing Private Equity, Oxford University Press.
  • Faleye, O., Trahan, E. A. (2011). Labor-friendly Corporate Practices: Is What is Good for Employees Good for Shareholders? The Journal of Business Ethics, 101(1), 1-27.
  • Bolster, P., Trahan, E. A. (2009). Investing in Mad Money: Price and Style Effects, Financial Services Review, 18, 69-86.

Selected Presentations

  • Trahan, Emery A (Presenter & Author), UMASS Boston Finance Research Seminar, “Investing in Morningstar Recommendations”, UMASS Boston, Boston, MA. (September 27, 2013).
  • Trahan, Emery A (Presenter & Author), Brown Brothers Harriman, “Investing in Morningstar Recommendations”, Northeastern University Alumni Association, Boston, MA. (August 17, 2013).
  • Bolster, Paul (Author Only), Trahan, Emery A (Presenter & Author), Financial Management Association annual meeting, “Investing in Morningstar Five-Star Stock Upgrades: Price and Style Effects”, Financial Management Association, Atlanta, GA. (October 19, 2012).
  • Bolster, Paul (Author Only), Trahan, Emery A (Presenter & Author), Academy of Financial Services annual meeting, “Investing in Morningstar Five-Star Stock Upgrades: Price and Style Effects”, Academy of Financial Services, San Antonio, TX. (October 1, 2012).
  • Trahan, Emery A, Academy of Financial Services Annual Meeting, “Behavior”, Academy of Financial Services, Las Vegas, NV. (October 23, 2011).

Research & Teaching Interests

Trahan’s current research interests include valuation, value-based management, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, and applied corporate finance. He has primary teaching interests in corporate finance, valuation, financial strategy, and mergers and acquisitions, and has taught in several executive education programs and in the High Tech MBA program.

Industry & Academic Experience

Prior to joining the D’Amore-McKim faculty in 1988, Trahan served as a senior accountant for Peat, Marwick, Mitchell & Co. and as controller for Ceramaseal, Inc.

Services to the Profession

  • Associate Editor, Journal of Business Research, Finance and Accounting, 2003-2007
  • Member of the Board of Directors, CFA Society Boston, 2016-2020
  • Research Fellow of the Center for Institutional Investment Management (CIIM), University at Albany, 2004-present
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Center for Institutional Investment Management (CIIM), University at Albany, 2002- present

Awards & Recognition

  • Harding Professor of Finance (July 1, 2008).
  • Named Research Fellow at the Center for Institutional Investment Management in 2007
  • “Is What is Best for Employees Best for Shareholders?,” with Olubunmi Faleye, was named to the top 10 percent of papers presented at the 2006 Financial Management Association annual meeting
  • Selected by students as a finalist for the Beta Gamma Sigma Best Teacher Award in 2002 and is listed in Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers