Fatma Sonmez-Leopold

Associate Teaching Professor of Finance
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Dr. Fatma Sonmez-Leopold is an associate teaching professor of finance. She earned a B.S. in mathematics from Hacettepe University in Ankara-Turkey and two M.Sc. degrees in Mathematics and Engineering Management/Industrial Engineering from Middle East Technical University in Ankara-Turkey. With a Ph.D. in finance from the University of Toronto, she most recently was an assistant professor of finance at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada. Her teaching and research interests include empirical asset pricing, investments, corporate finance, behavioral finance and household finance. She will teach investment, fixed income and introductory finance courses.
MS, Mathematics, Middle East Technical University PhD, Finance, The Joseph L. Rotman School of Management/University of Toronto MS, Engineering Management , Middle East Technical University BS, Mathematics, Hacettepe University
Fixed Income Securities;
Behavioral Finance;
Her research interests include empirical asset pricing, investments, corporate finance, behavioral finance and household finance.


  • The Cash Effect in Stock Returns: Now You See It, Now You Don’t

    2016 Journal of Accounting and Finance,16,8,93-115, Cleary, S.

  • Rethinking Idiosyncratic Volatility: Is It Really a Puzzle?

    2013 Frontiers in Finance and Economics,10,1,1-29,

  • An Institutional Trading, Momentum, and Idiosyncratic Volatility

    2013 Investment Management and Financial Innovations,10,2,55-63,

  • Oscillation of Second Order Nonlinear Impulsive Delay Differential Equations

    2009 Dynamics of Continuous, Discrete and Impulsive Systems Series A: Mathematical Analysis,16,221-231, Zafer, A.

  • Does Inflation Have an Impact on Stock Market Volatility: Evidence from Turkey and Canada

    2008 International Research Journal of Finance and Economics,11,122-132,

  • Apr 04, 2021

    Annual Faculty and Staff Recognition

    the Center for Disability Resources (CDR)
  • Jul 01, 2020

    Meredith Teaching Recognition Award

    Syracuse University
  • Jul 01, 2020

    The Top 50 Business Undergraduate Professor

    Poets and Quants
  • May 01, 2019

    Whitman Teaching Fellowship Award

  • Sep 01, 2014

    Canadian Securities Institute Research Foundation Grant

  • May 01, 2013

    SSHRC 4A Research Award

  • Jan 01, 2009

    Southwestern Finance Association Best Paper Award in Investments for PhD Students

  • Jan 01, 2009

    Midwest Finance Association Best Paper Award for PhD Students

  • Jan 01, 2006

    Pacific Institute Mathematical Sciences, Travel and Accommodation Grant

  • Jan 01, 2005

    Capital Market Graduate Fellowship

    Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto