Professor appointed editor at top accounting journal

Lauren Cunningham, communications director

LAWRENCE — University of Kansas professor Chan Li has been appointed as an editor at The Accounting Review, the premier journal for accounting research.

Li is the Stephen A. Batman Professor at the KU School of Business. She joined the faculty in fall 2019. Her editorship marks the third among recent Accounting Review editorial rotations for KU business school accounting faculty. Colleagues who previously served as Accounting Review editors include Mike Wilkins, Larry D. Horner/KPMG Professor, and Michael Ettredge, distinguished professor emeritus.

Ettredge advised Li as she worked toward her doctorate in accounting from KU. Li said she felt honored to be named an editor, noting Ettredge’s time as an editor at the top accounting journal.

“I still remember 10 years ago, people at various meetings told me that their papers were handled by then-Accounting Review editor, my Ph.D. adviser, Mike Ettredge,” she said. “They told me what a great editor he was, even when their papers were rejected. This reminds me how high the bar is to become a great editor, and I hope to someday meet that bar.”

Li assumed her Accounting Review editorial responsibility in July. She also serves as an editor at Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory. Li’s primary research interest is in archival auditing, particularly in the economic consequences of auditing, the effects of regulation on the audit environment, auditor judgment and audit quality.

She has published more than 20 articles in leading academic journals, including The Accounting Review; Journal of Accounting Research; Journal of Accounting and Economics; Contemporary Accounting Research; Accounting, Organizations and Society; Review of Accounting Studies; Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, and more. Li’s work has been cited by the Securities and Exchange Commission, the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, The New York Times, Financial Times and The Wall Street Journal.