Faculty & Staff Directory

Karen Nelson

M. J. Neeley Professor of Accounting
Accounting Department


  • PhD, University of Michigan
  • BS, University of Colorado

Areas of Expertise/Research

  • Financial disclosure and securities regulation
  • Earnings quality
  • Voluntary disclosure
  • Economic consequences of accounting choice

Selected Publications

  • “Carrot or Stick? The Shift from Voluntary to Mandatory Disclosure of Risk Factors,” with A. C. Pritchard, Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (June 2016), Vol. 13, No. 2.
  • “On the Persistence and Pricing of Industry-Wide and Firm-Specific Earnings, Cash Flows, and Accruals,” with Kai Wai Hui and Eric Yeung, Journal of Accounting and Economics (February 2016), Vol. 61, No. 1.
  • “Are Individual Investors Influenced by the Optimism and Credibility of Stock Spam Recommendations?” with Richard A. Price and Brian R. Rountree, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting (November/December 2013), Vol. 40, No. 9.
  • “Judging the Relevance of Fair Value for Financial Instruments,” with Lisa Koonce and Catherine Shakespeare, The Accounting Review (November 2011), Vol. 86, No. 6
  • “Auditor Switches in the pre- and post-Enron Eras: Risk or Realignment?,” with Wayne R. Landsman and Brian R. Rountree, The Accounting Review (March 2009), Vol. 84, No. 2.

Honors and Awards

  • Poets & Quants Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professors
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Accounting and Economics, 2020-present
  • Editorial Board, The Accounting Review (2004-2017)
  • MBA for Professionals Teaching Excellence Award (2015)
  • MBA for Executives Teaching Excellence Award (2012)
  • MBA for Executives Teaching Excellence Award (2008)
  • Distinguished Resident Faculty, AAA Doctoral Consortium (2009)
  • State Farm Companies Foundation Doctoral Dissertation Award (1995)
  • Deloitte & Touche Foundation Doctoral Fellowship (1994-1995)
  • Paton Fellowship (1991-1995)
  • Dykstra Award for Excellence in Teaching (1994)