Selected Publications

  • Hostile Resistance to Hedge Fund Activism with Pegaret Pichler, 2019, Review of Financial Studies 32(2), 771-817.
  • Activism Mergers, with Nickolay Gantchev and Anil Shivdasani, 2017, Journal of Financial Economics 126, 54-73.
  • Why Don’t all Banks Practice Regulatory Arbitrage? Evidence from Usage of Trust Preferred Securities, 2016, with Rüdiger Fahlenbrach and René M. Stulz, Review of Financial Studies 29(7), 1821-1859.
  • Hedge Fund Contagion and Liquidity Shocks, 2010, with René M. Stulz and Christof W. Stahel, Journal of Finance 65(5), 1789-1816.
  • Hedge Funds for Retail Investors? An Examination of Hedged Mutual Funds, 2009, with Vikas Agarwal and Narayan Naik, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, 44(2), 273-305.

Selected Presentations

  • 2019: Villanova University seminar series
  • 2018: Harvard Law, Economics, and Organization seminar series, University of Connecticut Financial Risk Conference: Advances in Investments and Pensions Research, Keynote Speaker at Global ARC 2018 Conference, University of Berkeley Law School seminar series, Georgia State University seminar series, University of Washington seminar series
  • 2017: North Carolina State seminar series, Analysis Group, Southern Finance Association
  • 2016: European Finance Association conference, Oxford University Conference on Corporate Reputation
  • 2015: UCSD Future Directions in Hedge Fund Research Conference, FMA conference, Humboldt University and ESMT Asset Management Conference, Yale Program on Financial Stability, Cleveland Federal Reserve Board, ASSA


  • PhD., Finance, The Ohio State University
  • MBA, Finance, Case Western Reserve University
  • BBA, Accounting, Kent State University

Research & Teaching Interests

Professor Boyson’s research and teaching interests fall in the area of investments and corporate finance, with a focus on regulatory arbitrage, hedge fund management, and hedge fund activism.

Industry & Academic Experience

Prior to joining the DMSB faculty in 2004, Professor Boyson was an Assistant Professor at Purdue University. Prior to joining Purdue, Professor Boyson was a manager for Ernst & Young, the VP of Investments for Pension Consulting Services, an analyst for Third Federal Savings and Loan, and a senior accounting at KPMG Peat Marwick.

Services to the Profession

A Certified Public Accountant, Professor Boyson serves on the Editorial Board of the Financial Analysts Journal, has served on the board of the Midwest Finance Association, has been a member of numerous program committees of professional organizations, and acts as an ad-hoc referee for journals including The Journal of FinanceReview of Financial Studies, Journal of Financial Economics, and The Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis.

Awards & Recognition

D’Amore-McKim Best Teacher Award 2016.

Finalist for Best Paper in Corporate Finance, FMA, 2014.