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Derek Horstmeyer

Professor of Finance, George Mason University

I'm a Professor of Finance at George Mason University's School of Business, specializing in corporate finance. My research focuses on boards, ETF & mutual fund performance, and hedge fund activism. I also write a monthly column for the Wall Street Journal on cutting-edge research in finance, and my work has been cited in Forbes, Bloomberg, CNBC, Fortune, PBS Newshour, NY Post, USA Today, CNN, the Washington Post, the LA Times, and many other outlets.

As a dedicated teacher, I’ve helped create and lead the first student-managed investment fund at GMU, develop numerous degree programs like GMU's M.S. in Finance and CFA tracks, and currently serve as Director of the new Financial Planning & Wealth Management major at Mason.

Outside of the classroom, I'm an avid squash player, swimmer, and devoted fan of everything that is Reno, NV.


  • –present
    Professor of Finance, George Mason University


  • 2012 
    University of Southern California, PhD