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Robert Davidson

Department Head, Professor
  • William S. Gay Senior Faculty Fellow
Robert Davidson
3007 Pamplin (0101)
880 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Dr. Davidson’s research interests are in corporate governance, with a focus on executive behavior and misconduct. His research has been published in top peer-reviewed journals, including The Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Quantitative and Financial Analysis, and Contemporary Accounting Research. He has received research grants from The Institute for Fraud Prevention, The Fama-Miller Center, and The Initiative on Global Markets.

Dr. Davidson currently teaches a capital markets PhD seminar. Prior to joining VT, he taught in the graduate and undergraduate programs at Georgetown University and The University of Texas at Austin.

Dr. Davidson earned his PhD and MBA at The University of Chicago and a bachelor’s degree from Wayne State University.


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


Corporate Governance


Research Grants

Institute for Fraud Prevention
Fama-Miller Center
Initiative on Global Markets


Best Paper Award – George Mason Conference on Corporate Governance