Burcu Esmer, PhD Research Fellow, Joshua J. Harris Alternative Investments Program; Lecturer, The Wharton SchoolResearch Interests:Research Interests: Empirical corporate finance, alternative investmentsAbout Burcu: Burcu Esmer is a research fellow at Wharton’s Joshua J. Harris Alternative Investments Program and a lecturer at the Wharton School. Previously, she was a faculty member at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, and at Bilkent University in Turkey. She received her PhD in finance and master’s in economics from the University of Iowa. Esmer’s research interests are in empirical corporate finance and alternative investments. Her most recent research focuses on agency conflicts in financial contracts, mergers and acquisitions, and private equity investments. Her articles have appeared in leading academic journals such as the Journal of Banking and Finance. Esmer has presented her work to different audiences at various conferences and workshops, and she frequently serves as a reviewer for academic journals and conferences. She is a member of the American Finance Association, Financial Management Association, Midwest Finance Association, Eastern Finance Association, European Finance Association, and the European Financial Management Association. Executive Education Programs Taught:Private Equity: Investing and Creating ValueGain exposure to the strategies that private equity firms use to structure and finance deals, and create value for their investors. Understand the key drivers in private equity and gain confidence in evaluating investment opportunities.