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Robert S. Hamada is the Edward Eagle Brown Distinguished Service Professor of Finance Emeritus at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Hamada served as dean of Chicago Booth from 1993 to 2001; deputy dean for the faculty from 1985 to 1990; and director of the Center of Research for Security Prices (CRSP) from 1980 to 1985. Hamada has held numerous titles at the school, including instructor of finance; assistant professor of finance; associate professor of finance; professor of finance; Edward Eagle Brown Professor of Finance; and Edward Eagle Brown Distinguished Service Professor of Finance.

Hamada is/was an elected member of numerous boards, including TIAA/CREF; Northern Trust Company; Manville Corp.; Fleming Corp.; Chicago Board of Trade as public director, serving three four-year terms; Riverwood International; Coremark Corp.; Van Straaten Chemical Co.; Merchants Exchange; A.M.Castle & Co.; Flying Food Fare; and Federal Signal Corp. 

In addition, he serves/served as an elected member of several nonprofit boards, including National Health Foundation; University of Chicago Laboratory Schools; Terra Museum and Foundation; National Bureau of Economic Research (NBER); WTTW/WFMT (public television); Hyde Park Harper Court Foundation; Hyde Park Neighborhood Club; Hyde Park Coop; and American Finance Association.

Hamada has been a member of the faculty of the University of Chicago since 1966. He has a bachelor’s degree in chemical engineering from Yale University, and a master of science in industrial management and PhD in finance, both from the Sloan School of Management at Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

He is the former associate editor of the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial and Quantitative Analysis, and Journal of Applied Corporate Finance; and former consulting editor in finance, Scott, Foresman & Co. He received the McKinsey Award for Excellence in Teaching, 1981.

Selected Publications