• Ph.D., University of Pennsylvania, 1994
  • M.A., University of Pennsylvania, 1991
  • B.B.A., St. Mary’s University, 1989


  • Risk management
  • Employee benefits management

Research Interests

  • Risk management


David W. Sommer, Ph.D., joined St. Mary’s University in 2007 as the Charles E. Cheever Chair of Risk Management. He received his bachelor of business degree from St. Mary’s University, and his M.A. and Ph.D. from the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania.

For the 12 years prior to his return to St. Mary’s, he was a faculty member in risk management and insurance at the University of Georgia’s Terry College of Business. During his career, Sommer has taught at the undergraduate, MBA, Executive MBA, and Ph.D. levels in the areas of corporate risk management and employee benefits. He has received a number of teaching honors, including the Terry College Teacher of the Year award and the St. Mary’s University Alumni Association Distinguished Faculty Award for Excellence in Teaching.

He is also the co-author of a risk management and insurance textbook. He is a past president of the American Risk and Insurance Association and the Southern Risk and Insurance Association.

Sommer’s research has been published in a variety of academic and professional journals, including Journal of Risk and Insurance, Journal of Financial Services Research, Journal of Banking and Finance, Risk Management and Insurance Review, Journal of Insurance Regulation, Journal of the American Society of CLU and ChFC, and the Journal of Insurance Issues. His research has been honored with several awards, including the Robert I. Mehr Award, presented each year by the American Risk and Insurance Association.


Hoyt, Robert E., and David W. Sommer, Risk Management and Insurance (Top Hat Monacle, 2019)

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