James Sinclair

James Sinclair

Visiting Assistant Professor



  • Doctorate Pennsylvania State University, 2011
  • Bachelor of Science Pennsylvania State University, 2006

James P. Sinclair is a visiting assistant professor of accounting at the Charles H. Dyson School of Applied Economics and Management in the SC Johnson College of Business at Cornell University. He has previously served on the faculty at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business and at the University of Connecticut. Sinclair earned a PhD in business administration (emphasis in accounting) at Penn State’s Smeal College of Business.

Research Focus

My research focuses on information economics; behavioral finance; capital markets; and valuation. I attempt to identify and critically evaluate information-based investment strategies by examining price and volume reactions to significant corporate and institutional events.

Outreach and Extension Focus

Speaking Engagements:
The White House (3x)
Department of Homeland Security
Veterans in Global Leadership

Teaching Focus

Students often think of accounting as a preparer-only discipline (read: boring). My students are often surprised that this narrow, ‘bookkeeping’ perspective of accounting is only the tip of the iceberg. By flipping the student-perspective from ‘preparer’ to ‘user’, I am able to generate interest in accounting from students across a wide spectrum of disciplines. I am forever humbled and grateful for the opportunity to share my passion for accounting with such amazing scholars throughout the Cornell community.