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Associate professor/Deputy head of school, UNSW Sydney

Dr. James Doran is currently the Deputy Head of School and Associate Professor at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Dr. Doran specializes in derivatives, asset pricing, and financial risk management. Prior to his appointment he was the Chief Investment Officer at Implied Capital LLC, a hedge fund that specialized in volatility, and was a chaired professor in the U.S where he taught portfolio management, investment theory, and asset pricing. He currently owns a financial risk management consulting firm that specializes in downside/tail risk management. He has developed bespoke algorithmic models designed to help firms adapt their portfolios to multiple market conditions.

He has over 20 years of experience in finance as both an academic and as a practitioner. Dr. Doran's research focus is on theoretical and empirical asset pricing, with a specialization in derivatives, option pricing, and volatility. He has published in journals such as Review of Asset Pricing Studies, Review of Finance, Financial Analyst Journal, Journal of Futures Markets, Review of Derivative Research, The Journal of Risk, Journal of Financial Markets, Journal of Business, Finance, and Accounting, Risk Management and Insurance Review, and The Journal of Banking and Finance. His work has been referenced in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, and many other practitioner publications.
Dr. Doran received a Bachelor of Science degree in Economics and Computer Science from Emory University where he was also Academic-All American in soccer. He received a Ph.D. in Finance from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a series 65 professional license.


  • 2019–present
    Associate Profesosor, UNSW