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Robert Davidson

Associate Professor & William S. Gay Junior Faculty Fellow
Robert Davidson
3098 Pamplin
880 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Ph.D.  University of Chicago,
MBA University of Chicago,
B.S.  Wayne State University


Corporate Governance


Dr. Davidson received his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2011. He earned an MBA at the University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University.

His research has addressed income statement and balance sheet fraud; executives’ legal records and insider trading activities; CEO materialism and corporate social responsibility; executive equity compensation and financial statement fraud; and board composition, CEO attributes, and corporate innovation.

His co-authored article, published in the Journal of Financial Economics, examines the “off-the-job” behavior of CEOs and financial reporting risk.

Among his honors are the Best Paper Award at the George Mason Conference on Corporate Governance and research grants from the Institute for Fraud Prevention, the Fama-Miller Center, and the Initiative on Global Markets.

Davidson has taught courses on financial statement analysis, financial accounting, and managerial accounting.

He taught at Georgetown University for five years and at the University of Texas at Austin for one year.