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Colleen Baker

Assistant Professor of Legal Studies

Department: Division of Management & International Business, Price College of Business
Program Area: Banking and Financial Institutions Law and Regulation, Clearinghouses for Over-the-Counter Derivatives, Alternative Dispute Resolution (Negotiation and Mediation), and Business Ethics
Office: Adams Hall Room 217B
Phone: (405) 325-5629
Address: 307 West Brooks, Adams Hall Room 217B 
Norman, OK 73019-4007 
United States

PhD(Wharton) Professor Baker is an expert in banking and financial institutions law and regulation, with extensive knowledge of over-the-counter derivatives, derivatives clearing, the Dodd-Frank Act, and bankruptcy, in addition to being a mediator. Prior to OU, she spent time at the U. of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Business School, the U. of Notre Dame Law School, and Villanova University Law School. She has consulted for the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and for The Volcker Alliance, in addition to having worked as a legal professional and as an information technology associate. Prof. Baker is a member of the State Bars of NY and TX.

Degrees Earned:

  • University of Pennsylvania, PhD, The Wharton School’s Program in Ethics and Legal Studies
  • University of Virginia, JD/MBA 
  • Carnegie Mellon University MS, Logic, Computation and Methodology 
  • University of Notre Dame, BA, Program of Liberal Studies (a Great Books Program) and Philosophy (second major)


  • The Impacts of Financial Regulations: Solvency and Liquidity in the Post-Crisis Period (with Christine M. Cummings and Julapa Jagtiani), J. of Fin. Reg. and Compl., Vol. 25 Issue: 3, pp.253-270 (2017) 
  • Clearinghouses for Over-the-Counter Derivatives, Working Paper for The Volcker Alliance (2016), available at:
  • When Regulators Collide: Financial Market Stability, Systemic Risk, Clearinghouses, and CDS, 10 VA. L. & BUS. REV. 343 (2016)
  • Regulatory Reforms and Unintended Collisions: The Case of the Volcker Rule and the Over-the-Counter Derivative Markets, 10 CAP. MAR. L. J. 433 (2015)
  • The Federal Reserve's Supporting Role Behind Dodd-Frank's Clearinghouse Reforms, 3 HARV. BUS. L. REV. ONLINE 177 (2013) 
  • The Federal Reserve’s Use of International Swap Lines, 55 ARIZ. L. REV. 603–654 (2013) 
  • The Federal Reserve as Last Resort, 46 U. MICH. J.L. REFORM 69–133 
  • Regulating the Invisible: The Case of Over-the-Counter Derivatives, 85 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 1287–1378 (2010)
  • A Primer on Dodd-Frank’s Title VIII, in THE FIRST GREAT FINANCIAL CRISIS OF THE 21ST CENTURY: A RETROSPECTIVE (George Kaufman and James Barth, eds., 2015)
  • Evaluating Dodd-Frank and International Approaches to Clearinghouses, Central Banks, and Swap Lines, COLUM. L. BLUE SKY BLOG (July 2013) 
  • Charting a Course in Clearing, Notre Dame Center for the Study of Financial Regulation, Newsletter No. 5 (Spring 2011) 
  • Sovereign Wealth Funds, in FINANCE ETHICS: CRITICAL ISSUES IN THEORY AND PRACTICE, pp. 253–271 (John R. Boatright ed., 2010) 
  • The Impact of Dirty Money on Global Capitalism, Thomas W. Dunfee and Colleen Baker, BUSINESS ETHICS QUARTERLY, Volume 17, Issue 4, pp. 729–742 (2007) 
  • The Fate of Human Capital Contracts in Bankruptcy, in AN EXECUTIVE BRIEFING ON FINANCING HUMAN CAPITAL, pp. 80–93 (O’Halloran, Palacios Lleras, Halliday, and Bruner eds., 2004)

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