Melissa Samuelson joined the W. P. Carey School of Business as a Clinical Professor of Accountancy in 2014.
Professor Samuelson’s research focuses on incorporating consideration of culture and personal values in professional decision-making and communication, addressing issues of corruption in emerging economies, and balancing social and financial sustainability in small businesses and nongovernmental organizations. She also investigates the social impact of economic development. Her most recent research, published in Advances in Accounting, is titled, “Toward resolving the debate surrounding slippery slope versus licensing behavior: The importance of individual differences in accounting ethical decision making.”
Before joining W. P. Carey, Samuelson taught international business ethics and ran international programs for business development focusing on women at Thunderbird School of Global Management for five years. She has also taught as a graduate instructor in political science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She received her bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and PhD in political science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln with specializations in gender studies and human rights. She also holds a graduate degree in gender and economic development from the University of Melbourne.
Samuelson has worked internationally in Afghanistan, Algeria, and Nepal, including designing and monitoring programs to train women business owners and entrepreneurs in Jordan. She is currently a visiting professor at the University of Paris II, teaching in the Master of International Business and Commerce Program.