2014 Honored Speakers and Discussants

Elizabeth Chuk

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Marshall School of Business
University of Southern California

Professor Chuk conducts research in financial accounting. Her current research interests include earnings management, pension accounting, and economic consequences of accounting standards.  Her research has been published in The Accounting Review and Journal of Accounting & Economics.  Prior to her doctorate, Professor Chuk was an auditor at Deloitte & Touche.

Luzi Hail

Associate Professor of Accounting
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania

 Luzi Hail joined the Accounting Department at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 2004, where he is now an Associate Professor of Accounting. His research interests focus on international accounting, disclosure and securities regulation, cost of capital, and the interrelation between countries' institutional framework and the reporting behavior by corporations. His research has won several awards and has been published, among others, in the Accounting Review, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Journal of Accounting and Economics, and the Journal of Financial Economics. He serves on the editorial board of several academic journals.

Prior to joining the Wharton School, Luzi Hail spent three years as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Washington in Seattle. He earned his doctorate from the University of Zurich, where he later joined the Economics and Business faculty as an Assistant Professor. He has also worked for Credit Suisse and the Union Bank of Switzerland in the Accounting & Control Group and the Asset & Liability Management Department.

Mirko Heinle

Assistant Professor of Accounting
The Wharton School
University of Pennsylvania

Professor Heinle's research interests concern the use of information by capital market participants and within organizations. Current research includes stock market's (over)reaction to earnings announcements, benefits of one-size-fits-all disclosure regulation, and multi-stage aspects of the capital allocation process.

Thomas Hemmer

Houston Endowment Professor of Accounting
Jones Graduate School of Business
Rice University

Professor Hemmer's research interests include information economics- based modeling of measurement and incentive problems in organizations, and employee stock options.  

Kevin Koharki 

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Olin Business School
Washington University in St. Louis

Professor Koharki's reserach interests include off-balance sheet financing, credit rating agencies and financial institutions.  His work has been published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics.  

Mark Lang

Thomas W. Hudson, Jr. Distinguished Professor of Accounting
Deloitte and Touche L.L.P. Distinguished Professor of Accounting
Kenan-Flagler Business School
University of North Carolina

Professor Lang's research interests include stock market valuation of accounting information; international accounting and analysis; employee stock option valuation, taxation and exercise behavior; causes and effects of voluntary disclosure; and multinational tax strategy.

Mark Maffett 

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Nebauer Family Faculty Fellow
Booth School of Business
The University of Chicago


Professor Maffett studies international financial reporting, capital markets, institutional investors, liquidity, and valuation with a focus on the economic effects of financial reporting transparency in international capital markets. His papers have been accepted for publication in the Journal of Accounting & Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research and Foundations and Trends in Accounting.


Brian Miller

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Weimer Faculty Fellow
Kelley School of Business
Indiana University

Professor Miller's professional interests include Capital Markets, Financial Disclosure, Managerial Reputation, and Corporate Governance.

Xiumin Martin

Associate Professor of Accounting
Olin Business School
Washington University

Professor Martin's research interests include Financial accounting: voluntary disclosure, accounting information in assets valuation.   She joined the Olin Business School in 2007 after graduating from the University of Missouri in Columbia.  While working on her PhD, Martin won numerous Outstanding Research awards and an Outstanding Teaching Award.  Before her work towards her doctorate degree Professor Martin worked at Deloitte and Touche Tohmatsu in Shanghai as an Auditor.  She is a Chinese Institute Certified Public Accountant.

K. Ramesh

Professor of Accounting
Jones Graduate School of Business
Rice University

K. Ramesh is Deputy Dean of Academic Affairs and Herbert S. Autrey Professor of Accounting, Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. Ramesh obtained his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and has previously served on the faculties of the business schools at Northwestern University, the University of Rochester, The Pennsylvania State University, and Michigan State University where he was Director of Accounting Doctoral Program. He was an academic fellow at the Office of the Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission during 2007-8. During his tenure as vice president at two leading economic consulting firms, Ramesh worked with leading law firms, Big-4 audit firms, major corporations and governmental agencies. His recent research examines the extent of voluntary disclosure of corporate accounting information, the information content of financial reports mandated by securities regulators, the role of newswires and data aggregators in disseminating corporate accounting information to different investors, and the interplay between mandatory regulation and voluntary disclosures.

Terry Shevlin

Professor of Accounting
Accounting Program Director
The Paul Merage School of Business
University of California - Irvine

Professor Shevlin's research interests are broad and include the effect of taxes on business decisions and asset prices, corporate tax planning/avoidance, capital markets-based accounting research, earnings quality, research design and statistical significance testing issues.  His teaching interests:  Financial accounting, taxes and business decisions, empirical research methodology.  He has spoken at numerous doctoral consortiums  and conferences and published widely.    

Jake Thornock

Associate Professor of Accounting
William R. Gregory Faculty Fellow
Michael G Foster School of Business
University of Washington 

Professor Thornock has diverse research interests, including interest in taxation, tax havens, earnings information content, information technologies and short selling.  He recently was awarded the Fowler Award for special achievement in accounting at Foster and received a research prize from the Chicago Quantitative Alliance.