I am currently an assistant professor at Texas A&M University. My primary research interests are related to understanding the behavior of banks and their financial reporting (e.g., bank lending and risk, internal controls, governance and fair value accounting) and the intersection of law and accounting (e.g., securities and derivative litigation, fraud and options backdating). I am also interested in other capital markets activities, such as the the role of the media, earnings management/quality, short sellers and conservatism.
Prior to starting my career at Texas A&M, I received a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to pursuing my doctorate, I worked as a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Transaction Services group in New York City and as a postgraduate technical assistant at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in Norwalk, Connecticut. I also have audit experience both as an intern and from audit-assist engagements in Dallas, TX and New York, New York. The majority of my clients were financial service firms, and I worked on engagements related to accounting rule implementations, financial due diligence, transaction structuring, debt/equity issuance and accounting classification, derivative identification and many more.
I received a Master of Science in Finance, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Psychology Minor from Texas A&M University. I have a CPA license registered in the state of Texas.
In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with my wife, daughter and two rescue dogs. I also love reading a good book (everything from the Bible and biographies to fantasy and the classics) and running.
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