Adair Morse studies entrepreneurship, private equity, corporate governance, household finance, and asset management. Currently, she is working on large investor influence in private equity, the portfolios of sovereign wealth funds, entrepreneurial tax evasion in Greece, small business lending in developing countries, and corporate fraud. Her research on whistleblowing was instrumental in the bounty provisions included in the Dodd-Frank law. At Booth, she has taught Entrepreneurial Finance and Private Equity and will be teaching Global Entrepreneurial Finance starting in 2011-2012.
Morse brings years of experience to the classroom. As an entrepreneur, she was a foundering partner of Bascule Leather Goods in Atlanta and Poland. In addition, a district accounting manager/auditor at Browning-Ferris Industries, an English teacher in Poland, and an intern at the U.S. Department of Commerce in Washington, DC. Additionally, she has taught courses at the University of Michigan and Purdue University in macroeconomics and valuation.
She earned a PhD in finance from the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan in 2007. Morse also holds two master's degrees from Purdue University, one in statistics and one in agricultural economics. She was Phi Beta Kappa from Colgate University where she earned a bachelor's degree magna cum laude.
In addition to teaching and research, Morse enjoys traveling to remote parts of the world, desert hiking, and sea kayaking. (Lake Michigan qualifies as a very nice “sea” in the summer.)