Robert Dittmar is an Associate Professor at the Stephen M. Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He received his B.S. in Finance at the School of Commerce at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana and worked as a financial analyst at American National Bank in Chicago, IL and First Union Bancorp in Raleigh, NC. Robert graduated from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill in 2000 with a Ph.D. and joined the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, Bloomington as an Assistant Professor. He joined the faculty of the Stephen M. Ross School of Business in 2003 and was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2009. Robert’s research studies the pricing of securities and the relation between macroeconomics and asset pricing, and has been published in leading academic finance journals such as the Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, and Review of Financial Studies. He teaches courses in fixed income, derivative securities, and asset pricing in the MBA and Ph.D. programs at the University of Michigan.