Accounting research


Research information

The Accounting academic area has highly productive research faculty who also are outstanding educators. Accounting faculty hold editorships at and regularly publish in leading academic journals, including The Accounting Review and Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, among many others.

KU Accounting faculty rank No. 1 globally in audit archival research contributions over the past six and 12 years, according to Brigham Young University’s 2020 index of accounting research. BYU’s accounting research rankings also place our Accounting faculty at No. 18 over the past six years and No. 16 over the past 12 years for their contributions in all archival research.

The area's mission contains three dimensions:

  • To provide high-quality programs that prepare students for professional careers in accounting or for successful graduate study;
  • To enable faculty to conduct exceptional research that contributes to the field of accounting, and to share the results of that research with academic and professional communities;
  • To provide service to the academic and professional communities at the University of Kansas, in the state of Kansas, and at the regional and national levels.

Every two years, the Accounting academic area hosts the Deloitte/KU Audit Symposium, a two-day conference that brings leaders from the public accounting industry, regulatory agencies such as the SEC, FASB and PCAOB, and university accounting scholars to discuss issues and present research relevant to the contemporary audit environment. The Deloitte/KU Audit Symposium has been held since 1972 and is widely recognized as one of the most prestigious and influential academic accounting conferences.

Area directors

Degree programs

Research topics

  • Auditing

  • Financial reporting & accounting

  • Regulation

  • Corporate taxation

  • Disclosure

  • Accounting information systems

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Recent research & news

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Study: Audit committees benefit from including accounting experts

To ensure the quality of audit work, it’s important to have the right type of individuals on the committee, according to new research by Mike Wilkins, the Larry D. Horner and KPMG Professor of Accounting.
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Audit effort affected by partner rotation and board inspections, study finds

Audit firms and their clients should enjoy a friendly relationship. Just not too friendly, according to new research from Amanda Winn.

Professor appointed editor at top accounting journal

University of Kansas professor Chan Li has been appointed as an editor at The Accounting Review, the premier journal for accounting research. Her editorship marks the third among recent Accounting Review editors.
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Inconsistencies in equity analyst revisions may have rational explanations

Equity analysts produce outputs that include stock recommendations, earning estimates and 12-month target prices. But often, different outputs issued by the same analyst at the same time conflict with one another.

Area directors

Keith Jones
Area Director, Accounting, Deloitte Professor
Alee Phillips
Master of Accounting Program Director, Assistant Area Director, Accounting, Lecturer

Accounting faculty

Josh Arpin
Matthew Beck
Assistant Professor
Mark Best
Scott Bronson
Associate Professor
Kelvie Crabb
Master of Accounting Program Co-Coordinator, Lecturer
Mike Falk
Rachel Green
Master of Accounting Program Co-Coordinator, Lecturer
Mehmet Kara
Assistant Professor
Kurt Krogull
Lecturer, Director, Jack Lockton Certificate in Insurance and Risk Management
Chan Li
Stephen A. Batman Professor
Jeremy Lill
Assistant Professor
Nathan Lundstrom
Assistant Professor
Adi Masli
Associate Professor, Koch Foundation Fellow
Lawrence Morriss Jr.
Professor of the Practice
Min Park
Assistant Professor
Susan Scholz
Executive Associate Dean, Stanley P. Porter Professor
Kristin Stack
Assistant Professor
Eric Weisbrod
Assistant Professor
Scott Whisenant
Associate Professor
Mike Wilkins
Larry D. Horner/KPMG Professor, Doctoral Coordinator, Accounting
Amanda Winn
Assistant Professor