James Sinclair earned his Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from the Smeal College of Business at the Pennsylvania State University and served on the faculty at the University of Connecticut for four years before joining the McDonough School of Business in 2015. He has presented his research, which focuses primarily on topics in information economics, behavioral finance, and business valuation, at numerous academic institutions and research conferences. Additionally, Dr. Sinclair has delivered presentations on Strategic Leadership to the National Security team at the Department of Homeland Security and Earnings Management at the White House.
Dr. Sinclair has developed and taught online, in-class, and hybrid courses on accounting-based valuation, introductory and intermediate financial accounting, and managerial accounting at both the undergraduate and graduate levels; and has been honored with several teaching awards, including the 2007-2008 Ossian R. MacKenzie Award for outstanding teaching by a doctoral student and the 2012-2013 MSA Professor of the Year Award. Linking his academic work to practice, Dr. Sinclair received the 2015 40 Under Forty Award presented by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts (NACVA) and the Consultants' Training Institute (CTI) in recognition of extraordinary advances to the profession. Prior to his academic career, Dr. Sinclair worked as an analyst and managerial accountant for the New York Daily News.