He is one of eight new full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members at Pamplin this fall. Their addition reflects the college’s commitment to hiring faculty to further strengthen its teaching, research, and business outreach, particularly in the areas of business analytics, innovation through entrepreneurship, and sustainable global prosperity.
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.