Maureen O’Hara earns Bernstein Award for contributions to finance industry

By: Katelyn Godoy
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Maureen O’Hara, the Robert W. Purcell Professorship of Management, received the prestigious Bernstein Award for a paper she co-authored. Congratulations to Professor O’Hara!


II Journals Peter L. Bernstein Award


  • Maureen O’Hara, Robert W. Purcell Professor of Management, Johnson
  • Rune Tevasvold Aune,
  • Adam Krellenstien,
  • Ouziel Slama,

Awarding body:

Institutional Investor Journals (aka II Journals) and Research Affiliates, LLC

About the award:

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Maureen O’Hara, the Robert W. Purcell Professorship of Management at Johnson

Maureen O’Hara is the recipient of the prestigious 2017 II Journals Peter L. Bernstein Award, for a paper she co-authored entitled, “Footprints on a Blockchain: Trading and Information Leakage in Distributed Ledgers.” The paper is published in II Journals’ The Journal of Trading.

The winning paper, which examines “information leakage when trading in distributed ledgers,” was selected by an independent committee through a blind review process. This year’s committee members included: Gary Gastineau (ETF Consultants LLC), William Goetzmann (Yale School of Management) and Ronald Kahn (BlackRock).

“…Aune, Krellenstein, O’Hara, and Slama have taken a hard look at some of the problems that current blockchain constructs will not fix, notably information leakage about a transaction in progress, and the corresponding risk of manipulation and front-running. They present an elegant idea that can solve this problem.” —Ronald Kahn, BlackRock

The II Journals Peter L. Bernstein Award is given annually and honors cutting-edge and compelling research published in any of the II Journals’ 11 market-leading publications. O’Hara, along with her co-authors, will share a monetary award of $5,000, provided by Research Affiliates, LLC.

Read the winning paper here, or visit Business Wire for the full press release.