Heather Sorcha

Heather Sorcha


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  • Associate Professor, College of Business
  • PhD, Finance, Washington State University, 2011
  • MA, Applied Economics, Washington State University, 2010
  • BA, Actuarial Science, Roosevelt University, 1999


Dr. Sorcha earned a Bachelor of Arts in Actuarial Science from Roosevelt University in 1999, working in industry as a pension actuary. Sorcha earned a Master of Arts in Applied Economics (2010) and Doctorate in Business Administration – Finance (2011), both from Washington State University. Sorcha researches financial technology (FinTech), insider trading, and investor sentiment, with publications in the Financial Analysts Journal, the Journal of Business Research, the International Review of Economics and Finance, the Journal of Financial Education, and Managerial Finance.

Dr. Sorcha teaches Derivatives & Financial Engineering, Equity Analysis, Financial Risk Management & Decision Making (MBA), FinTech Foundations, Investment Analysis, and Principles of Finance. Sorcha has been nominated multiple times for Michigan Technological University’s Distinguished Teaching Award. Sorcha was inducted into Michigan Tech’s Academy of Teaching Excellence in 2018 and into Michigan Tech's Dean's Teaching Showcase in 2017. In 2013, Sorcha received the College of Business Administration Dean's Teaching Award as a faculty member at Central Michigan University. In 2010, Sorcha received Washington State University's Graduate Student Teaching Excellence Award.

Dr. Sorcha currently serves as President for the MBAA International Academy of Finance, on the Editorial Advisory Board for Managerial Finance, and as a board member on the Finance Council for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Marquette. At Michigan Technological University, Sorcha serves as chairman of the College of Business Faculty Scholarship (Research) Committee, as a member of the College of Business Undergraduate Programs Committee, and as the faculty advisor for the Finance Club.

Teaching Interests

  • Derivatives and Financial Engineering
  • Equity Analysis
  • FinTech
  • Investment Analysis
  • Principles of Finance

Research Interests

  • FinTech
  • Insider Trading
  • Investor Attention
  • Market Efficiency