Lauren Cohen is the L.E. Simmons Chaired Professor in the Finance Unit at the Harvard Business School, an Editor of Management Science, and a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research. He teaches Asset Management at the Harvard Business School, along with numerous Executive Education courses.
Dr. Cohen frequently advises government organizations in the US and abroad, including the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, United States Patent & Trademark Office, testifying in front of the United States Congress, and advising the governments of China and Turkey. He was additionally named a 2008 Pensions & Investments “Cutting Edge Academic.”
Dr. Cohen’s award-winning research has been published in the top journals in Finance and Economics. It is also frequently described in various media outlets including The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Fortune, and Forbes. Additionally, he has been honored by the National Science Foundation (NSF) with multiple grants including the prestigious National Science Foundation CAREER Award – awarded to the most promising young economists in the field each year.
Through his applied work, Dr. Cohen has consulted with the top hedge funds in the industry, and has been awarded numerous practitioner-sponsored applied research prizes. He has also appeared as an expert witness in investment-related litigation cases.
Dr. Cohen received a PhD in finance and an MBA from the University of Chicago in 2005. He earned dual undergraduate degrees from the University of Pennsylvania – a BSE from the Wharton School and a BA in economics from the College of Arts & Sciences in 2001. He serves on the advisory board of Quadriserv, Inc.
He is also a world-class amateur powerlifter. He was the 2001 United States Powerlifting Federation Collegiate National Champion, and has won numerous national and world powerlifting tournaments. In 2014, he broke the All-Time World Record in the squat in the 181 lb. drug-tested division with a squat of 630 lbs. He is married to Dr. Nicole Cohen, and they live with their (growing) crew of 4 children in Belmont, MA.