Ruth May, Ph.D, CFP

Dr. Ruth May is a Professor of Global Business in the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business. In 2016, Dr. May was named the University of Dallas King Fellow, which is UD’s highest faculty honor for lifetime achievement in scholarship, excellence in teaching, and exemplary collegiality.

Dr. May is a leading scholar in international management/strategy in transition economies, particularly Russia and Ukraine. She was the keynote speaker at the Russian and CIS Management Research Caucus at the Academy of Management meeting in 2014, and has published in peer-reviewed journals, such as the Academy of Management Journal, Academy of Management Executive (now Perspectives), Entrepreneurship Theory & Practice, Journal of International Business Studies, Management International Review, Organizational Dynamics, and most recently, in a special issue of the Journal of Leadership and Organizational Studies. Dr. May’s current research focus is Russia’s unprecedented reversal back to a state-centered economy. Most recently, her expertise on Vladimir Putin and Russia’s hacking of the DNC was sought out by a reporter from the Dallas Business Journal.

Before entering academia, Dr. May served as Vice-President and General Securities Principal for McLarty & Company, a NASD member firm, and as a Senior Investment Officer for Legg Mason Wood Walker, a NYSE member firm. Dr. May received her license as a Certified Financial Planner (CFP) in 1987 and has conducted continuing education training for the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) in ten states. She has developed and conducted training in strategy, finance, leadership, and organizational change for over 50 companies from Russia and Ukraine since 1993, as well as the global MNCs – KPMG, Microsoft and Nokia – in North America, Asia, and Latin America.

Recent Courses

MANA 8320 Global Strategy, GBUS 7335 Global Immersion

Research Interests

Dr. May’s current research focus is on Russia’s unprecedented reversal back to a state-centered economy. Her expertise on Vladimir Putin and Russia’s hacking of the DNC during the 2016 presidential race was sought out by the Dallas Business Journal. She is currently working on a chapter about the challenges of competing in Russia for the Oxford Handbook on Management in Emerging Markets to be published in 2018.