Brett C. Olsen

Head of Finance; Head of Economics

Associate Professor of Finance

Brett Olsen

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Brett C. Olsen

Head of Finance; Head of Economics

Associate Professor of Finance

Brett Olsen has a doctorate in finance and teaches various courses on the subject, including financial management, International financial management and security analysis. His research interests include corporate governance, valuation, ownership and managerial decisions. He sees himself as a guide for students, encouraging them to push forward toward their goals and beyond.

Hobbies & Interests
Olsen is always looking for new ways to stay busy and enjoys participating in his children’s activities, but he can also be found at home spending time at home with a good book or crossword puzzle.


Ph.D. (Finance) University of Missouri - Columbia; M.B.A. Illinois State University; B.S. (Mechanical Engineering) North Dakota State University

Teaching Interests

Intermediate Financial Management; International Financial Management

Research Interests

Corporate governance; Valuation; Ownership; Warrants; Anything that piques my curiosity

Professional Accomplishments

Prior to joining the UNI faculty, Brett was an assistant professor of finance at the University of Idaho from 2007 through 2010. At UNI, Brett has taught Intermediate Financial Management, International Financial Management, and Corporation Finance. Brett also advises the UNI Finance Club (FMA International chapter), which manages an equity investment portfolio. He has also advised student investment portfolios at the Univeristy of Idaho and the University of Missouri.

Brett is active in research and has published several referred journal articles, including articles in European Financial Management, Managerial Finance, Journal of Real Estate Finance and Economics, and Accounting and Finance, among others.