Accounting Research Conference

2018 Honored Discussants and Speakers

Honored Discussants

Ray Ball
Sidney Davidson Distinguished Service Professor of Accounting, Booth School of Business, The University of Chicago
Ray Ball studies corporate disclosure, earnings and stock prices, international accounting and finance, market efficiency and investment strategies. He is coauthor of "An Empirical Evaluation of Accounting Income Numbers," an article published in the Journal of Accounting Research in 1968 that won the American Accounting Association's inaugural award for seminal contributions in account literature. This article revolutionized the understanding of the impact of corporate disclosure on share prices, and of earnings releases in particular. It laid the foundation for much of the modern accounting literature. Ball also is the author of "Anomalies in Relationships between Securities' Yields and Yield surrogates," published in the Journal of Financial Economics in 1978, the first academic reference to systematic anomalies in the theory of efficient markets.

Chandra Kanodia 
Professor, Arthur Andersen & Co./Kullberg Chair in Accounting and Information Systems, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota
Chandra Kanodia earned his PhD in industrial administration from Carnegie Mellon University where he also received his master's in accounting. He also holds an MBA from the Indian Institute of Management. He serves on the editorial boards of the Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Law, Finance and Accounting and has served on the editorial board of the Review of Accounting Studies. Besides being published in these journals, his work also appears in The Accounting Review, Econometrica, Games & Economic Behavior, Journal of Economic Behavior and Organization and Management Science.

Wayne Landsman
KPMG Distinguished Professor of Accounting, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina
Wayne Landsman's research focuses on the role of accounting information in capital price formation, topics of which include pensions, employee stock options, asset securitization, fair value accounting, and international accounting. He has published over 60 articles in leading scholarly and professional journals. He has received major awards from the American Accounting Association, including Notable Contributions to Accounting Literature Award, Deloitte Wildman Medal Award, and Outstanding Educator Award. Dr. Landsman is the former associate dean of the PhD Program and chair of the accounting area at UNC Kenan-Flagler, and was president of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section of the AAA and served on the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council.

Steve Penman 
George O. May Professor of Financial Accounting; Chair of Accounting Division, Columbia Business School, Columbia University
Stephen Penman is the George O. May Professor in the Graduate School of Business, Columbia University where he is also co-director of the Center for Excellence in Accounting and Security Analysis and director of the Masters Program in Accounting and Fundamental Analysis.
Prior to his appointment at Columbia in 1999, Penman was the L.H. Penney Professor in the Walter A. Haas School of Business at the University of California at Berkeley. He joined Berkeley in 1977. From 1990-95 he served as Chair of the Professional Accounting Program and Chairman of the Accounting Faculty at Berkeley, and initiated and chaired Berkeley’s Annual Conference on Financial Reporting.

Katherine Schipper
Thomas F. Keller Professor, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Katherine Schipper is the Thomas F. Keller Professor of Business Administration at Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business. Ms. Schipper holds a BA degree summa cum laude from the University of Dayton, MBA, MA and PhD degrees from the University of Chicago and honorary degrees from Notre Dame University, the Norwegian School of Economics, the Stockholm School of Economics and the Singapore Management University. Prior to joining Duke University’s faculty, she was a Board member of the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB). She has also been a faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Chicago. 

Greg Waymire 
Asa Griggs Candler Chair in Accounting, Goizueta Business School, Emory University
Gregory Waymire is currently the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Accounting at Emory University, where he has been a faculty member since 1990. He also serves as a Provost Fellow at the Economic Science Institute of Chapman University. He served as President of the American Accounting Association during 2011-12. His early research examined the capital market consequences of voluntary disclosures, development of accounting standards, insider trading, and information collection by industry trade associations. His later work has examined a broad range of topics on the history of corporate reporting before formation of the SEC as well as the emergence and evolution of basic accounting technologies like recordkeeping and double-entry bookkeeping.


Honored Speakers

Carolyn Deller 
Assistant Professor of Accounting, The Wharton School, The University of Pennsylvania
Carolyn Deller is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her research focuses on the design and outcomes of management control mechanisms used by organizations to enhance employees’ motivation, ability, and opportunity to reach their full potential. Specific control mechanisms explored in her research include employee selection, incentive plans, employee evaluation systems, and the balanced scorecard. Professor Deller’s research typically involves the econometric analysis of within-firm archival data, though she has also utilized experimental methodologies. Professor Deller holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honors) from the University of Melbourne in Australia and was previously a Chartered Accountant at KPMG. She completed her doctoral studies at Harvard Business School. 

Brad Hendricks 
Assistant Professor of Accounting, Kenan-Flagler Business School, University of North Carolina
The research interests of Brad Hendricks include financial reporting and regulation, corporate disclosure, financial statement analysis and initial public offerings. Dr. Hendricks has written about the effects of competition on bank behavior, the stock market valuation of accounting information, and the influence of founder leadership in publicly traded firms.

Iván Marinovic 
Associate Professor of Accounting, Graduate School of Business, Stanford University
Iván Marinovic joined the Stanford Graduate School of Business as an Assistant Professor of Accounting in July 2011. Before joining the Stanford GSB, he taught microeconomics in the Business Department of Universidad de los Andes, Chile. Professor Marinovic’s research focuses on applications of economics of information in accounting and finance. Professor Marinovic earned a BA degree in Economics and MA in Financial Economics, both in 2001, from the Catholic University of Chile. He also earned a Master’s degree in Economic Theory from the Toulouse School of Economics in 2007 and a PhD in Accounting, Information and Management from the Kellogg School of Management in 2011.

Suresh Nallareddy
Assistant Professor, Fuqua School of Business, Duke University
Suresh’s research interests are in accounting information and asset prices, accounting information and the macroeconomy, analyst forecasts, and empirical asset pricing. His research has been published in leading academic journals including the Journal of Financial Economics, The Accounting Review, and Management Science. At the Fuqua School of Business, he will be teaching the Valuation and Fundamental Analysis class in the MBA program. Prior to joining the Fuqua School of Business, Suresh was an Assistant Professor at Columbia Business School. Suresh received his Ph.D in Business Administration from the University of Southern California in 2012. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, he held the position of Investment Researcher for a subsidiary of Deutsche Bank Hedge Fund. Suresh received the Mary Pickford Foundation Doctoral Teaching Award in 2009 and won the USC Ph.D. achievement award in 2012.

Delphine Samuels 
Assistant Professor of Accounting, Sloan School of Management, MIT
Delphine Samuels is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Samuels’ research focuses on the economic determinants and consequences of financial transparency. Her recent work examines how managers substitute between mandatory and voluntary disclosure to shape the quality of their information environment, how the firm's information environment influences managers' misreporting decisions, and reporting transparency in the public sector. Her research appears in the Journal of Accounting and Economics.  Born in Switzerland, Samuels holds a BS in management from the University of Lausanne. She came to the US to earn her MAcc from USC, and worked as a senior auditor for Ernst & Young in Los Angeles. She received her PhD in accounting from the Wharton School.

Jordan Schoenfeld 
Assistant Professor, McDonough School of Business, Georgetown University
Schonenfeld's research focuses on the role of information in the financial markets, shareholder activism, and financial contracting.