is the Roth Family Distinguished Professor of Finance at the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth College. He is an expert on the behavior of security prices and investment strategies. He and co-author Eugene F. Fama are well known for their research into the value effect and the three-factor model, including articles such as "The Cross-Section of Expected Stock Returns" and "Common Risk Factors in the Returns on Stocks and Bonds." His recent research focuses on tests of asset pricing, the tradeoff between risk and return in domestic and international financial markets, and the relation between capital structure and firm value.
French is a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research, an Advisory Editor of the Journal of Financial Economics, a former Associate Editor of the Journal of Finance and the Review of Financial Studies, and a former President of the American Finance Association. French is also a Fellow of the American Finance Association and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a member of the Smile Train's Board of Governors and the International Rescue Committee's Board of Directors.
Before joining Dartmouth, Professor French was on the faculty of MIT's Sloan School of Management, the Yale School of Management, and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. Professor French received his Ph.D. in finance from the University of Rochester in 1983. He also earned an M.S. and an MBA from the University of Rochester (1983) and a B.S. from Lehigh University (1975).