Accounting Research Conference

2019 Honored Discussants and Speakers

Honored Discussants

Vishal Baloria
Assistant Professor, Boston College
Vishal Baloria is interested in the political economy of financial markets. His research develops a fuller understanding of the extent to which political incentives affect the decisions of corporate managers and capital market participants. Using empirical/archival methods, he examines settings in which behavior may have been predictably altered in response to political institutions. His current research projects focus on three interrelated actors: politicians, regulators, and the media.

Philip Berger
Wallman Family Professor of Accounting, University of Chicago
Phil Berger served on the faculty of the Wharton School from 1991 – 2002 (including as a tenured Associate Professor from 1998 – 2002) before joining Booth as a tenured Full Professor on July 1, 2002. His research focuses on financial reporting and corporate finance, he has published in all the top peer reviewed accounting and finance journals, and he has been an editor of Journal of Accounting Research for over 15 years. Berger has chaired or served on the dissertation committees of many top accounting students from Booth who currently work at such top schools as Harvard, MIT, Wharton, Stanford, Columbia, Ohio State, Washington University, UCSD, and others. Having recently completed a three-year term as Deputy Dean for Booth’s part-time MBA programs (evening, weekend, and EMBA), he continues serving as the Director of Booth’s Accounting Research Center.

Yadav Gopalan
Assistant Prfessor, Indiana University
Yadav Gopalan is an assistant professor of accounting at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University and earned his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis.  Prior to joining Wash U as a PhD student, he worked as a bank regulator for nearly 6 years at the Federal Reserve in St. Louis and in Atlanta. During his time at the Fed, he worked closely with bank examiners and economists in a hybrid role that combined academic research techniques to help examiners track banks' health during the financial crisis and during the implementation of the Dodd-Frank Act. This experience was instrumental in forming his research interests.

Andrew Leone
Keith I. DeLashmutt Professor of Accounting Information & Management, Northwestern University
Andrew Leone is the Keith I. DeLashmutt Chair of Accounting Information & Management..  Prior to joining Kellogg, Professor Leone was the Warren Johnson Chair of Accounting at the University of Miami’s School of Business Administration from 2008 to 2018.   During his tenure at the University of Miami, he served as Department Chair (January 2009 - May 2012), and then Ph.D. Coordinator (June 2012 – June 2013) until his appointment as Vice Dean, Faculty Development and Research (July 1, 2013 – November 2016).  Prior to joining the University of Miami, Professor Leone held tenure-track appointments at the University of Rochester (1997-2005), and Penn State University (2005-2008).  He also held visiting appointments at the University of Chicago (Spring 2001) and the University of Michigan (2002-2003). 

Stanimir Markov
Professor of Accounting, Ashbel Smith Professor, University of Texas, Dallas
Dr. Stanimir Markov focuses his research on information intermediaries, corporate disclosure and capital markets.  Before returning to UT Dallas in fall 2018, he taught for five years at Southern Methodist University, where he was the Marilyn and Leo F. Corrigan Research Professor and twice received the Edwin L. Cox School of Business Research Excellence Award.  He previously taught at UT Dallas from 2007-2013. His classes focus on financial accounting and statement analysis.

Andrea Pawliczek
Assistant Professor and BKD Faculty Scholar, University of Missouri, Columbia
Andrea Pawliczek is an assistant professor of accountancy and BKD Faculty Scholar. She teaches intermediate financial accounting. Her research interests include executive compensation and corporate governance.


Honored Speakers

Zhonglan Dai 
Associate Professor, Accounting, University of Texas at Dallas
Zhonglan Dai is an associate professor of accounting at the University of Texas at Dallas. Her research focuses on the corporate governance, in particular on CEO compensation and CEO turnovers. She has also worked on taxation. Her research appears in the Journal of Finance, journal of Financial Economics and Accounting Review. Dai received her Ph.D in accounting from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Stephen Glaeser 
Assistant Professor of Accounting, The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Stephen Glaeser researches issues at the intersection of accounting and economics. He studies how innovative firms balance the costs and benefits of communicating information to investors and competitors. He also is interested in how taxation affects real decisions.

Zachary Kaplan
Assistant Professor of Accounting, Washington University in St. Louis
Zach is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Olin Business School at Washington University.  His research interests include how markets learn from disclosure, managerial disclosure strategy, analyst forecast strategy and the horizon of earnings expectations

Sehwa Kim 
Assistant Professor, Columbia University
Sehwa Kim is an assistant professor in the accounting division at Columbia Business School. His research interests include financial regulation and reporting, financial institutions, and corporate taxation. His research has been presented at leading conferences, and published in the Accounting Review. He received a PhD in Business (Accounting), MBA, and MS in Statistics from the University of Chicago, and a bachelor‘s degree in Business Administration from Seoul National University. Prior to earning his PhD, he worked as a loan officer and relationship manager in Korea Development Bank.

Laura Wellman 
Assistant Professor in Accounting, The Pennsylvania State University
Laura Wellman is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at Penn State University’s Smeal School of Business. Wellman’s research focuses on the implications of political uncertainty for firm performance and whether firms’ political activism allows them to mitigate uncertainty and gain a competitive advantage over industry peers. Her recent work examines whether firms’ differential access to political intelligence shapes their disclosure policy and strategic decisions. Her research appears in Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, and Review of Accounting Studies. Wellman holds a BS in Accountancy, MTax, and PhD in accounting from the W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University.

Anastasia Z. Zakolyukina 
Associate Professor of Accounting, University of Chicago
Anastasia Zakolyukina works in accounting and finance using structural models, natural language processing, and machine learning as an Associate Professor at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business