List of Participating Ph.D. Students

Yanru Chang

Yanru is a fourth-year Ph.D. student in accounting at Baruch College, City University of New York. Her research touches on corporate governance and textual analysis. She is also interested in research topics at the intersection between finance and accounting to understand the broad picture of the financial market. In her spare time, she enjoys listening to rock, reading science fiction, and watching anime while picking up some Japanese at the same time.

Jessie Jaewon Cheong

Jessie is a third-year Ph.D. student at the University of Southern California. Her research interests primarily lie in debt contracting, disclosure, and labor economics. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, she obtained a bachelor’s degree in Economics and a master’s degree in Accounting at Seoul National University. She enjoys hiking, playing tennis, and playing the piano in her free time.

Tianyi Deng

Tianyi is a fourth-year PhD student at the University of Houston. His research interests include financial analysts, firm disclosures, earnings quality, and corporate governance. In his spare time, he enjoys hiking, reading, and cooking.

Yuye Ding

Yuye is a second-year Ph.D. student at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research interests now focus on corporate policy change, disclosure, and capital market. In her leisure time, Yuye loves travelling, hiking, and reading.

Tuan Doan

Tuan is a second-year Ph.D. student at the University of Connecticut. His research interests include audit quality, financial reporting quality, corporate disclosure, and ESG. Prior to starting his Ph.D., he worked in public accounting and corporate accounting for ten years. In his free time, he enjoys outdoor activities with his wife and their children.

Siqi (Sophia) Fan

Siqi is a fifth-year Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her research interests include sustainability accounting, auditing, accounting information systems, and financial accounting. She does not enjoy cooking but she enjoys tasting different foods all over the world.

Cheuk Kwong (Harry) Fok

Harry is a second-year PhD student at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is currently interested in exploring the influence of media and technology in the capital markets. In his spare time, he enjoys singing karaoke and watching movies.

Brian Forsberg

Brian Forsberg is a third-year Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. His research interests lie at the intersection of taxation, financial reporting, and Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG). Before joining the Ph.D. program, Brian worked in public accounting in various tax departments. In his spare time, Brian enjoys spending time with his wife, son, and Golden Retriever, watching sports, and attending concerts.

Yingfeng Ge

Yingfeng is a second-year Ph.D. student at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. Her research interests include financial reporting, voluntary disclosure, corporate social responsibility (CSR), and corporate reputation. In her spare time, Yingfeng enjoys traveling, reading, and watching thrillers.

Shera Gong

Shera is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at the Northwestern University. Her research interests include financial reporting, alternative data, and capital market research. In her free time, she takes pleasure in reading and hiking.

Xiaofan (Nancy) Huang

Xiaofan (Nancy) is a third-year Ph.D. student at University of Missouri – Columbia. Her research interests lie in financial reporting and disclosures, auditing and international accounting. In her free time, she enjoys hiking.

Xinyi Huang

Xinyi is a fifth-year Ph.D. student at Emory University. Her research interests include machine learning, capital markets, and voluntary disclosure. She is a CPA with prior work experience as a staff accountant. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling, playing badminton, cooking, and making handicrafts.

Srijith Kannan

Srijith Kannan is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology. His research interests include ESG, corporate disclosures, and supply chain. In his spare time, he enjoys watching reruns of The Office and learning about the Roman Empire.

Patrick Mitchell Kmieciak

Patrick is 4th year PhD student at the University of Florida. His research interests lie in archival auditing with a focus on human behavior. Prior to beginning his PhD program, he earned the Elijah Watt Sells award on the CPA exam and worked as a senior associate in audit and accounting advisory at PwC. During his free time, Patrick enjoys practicing yoga, playing basketball, and biking.

Yunyu Ku

Yunju Ku is a third-year Ph.D. student at Rutgers University. Her research interests include ESG/CSR, disclosure, and financial reporting quality. Prior to joining the Ph.D. program, Yunju worked as an analyst at Korea Investor Services Pricing (KISP), a Moody’s affiliate, for over three years, making fair value assessments of diverse assets. She is a licensed CPA in Washington. Outside of school, she enjoys exploring the city and working out, including golf, yoga, and Pilates.

Xiong (Alex) Li

Alex is a 4th year PhD Candidate at the University of Hong Kong. He is particularly interested in taxation, trade credit, supply chain risk, and the real impact of accounting regulation. In his spare time, he enjoys spending time outdoors.

Tim Messenger

Tim Messenger is a third-year Accounting Ph.D. candidate at the University of Oregon. His research interest is cross-border international taxation, transfer pricing, treasury management, and accounting for these activities. Tim is a CPA, CMA, and CFM. Before joining UO he helped Bloomberg develop tax and accounting software and consulted on U.S. international tax law for Deloitte in Boston, Washington, D.C., and London. In his spare time, he enjoys expanding his DIY skillset.

David Park

David Park, CPA, CFE, and PhD Candidate of Seoul National University conducts research on how real effects of disclosures and costly contracting relate to social welfare. He is currently working on how the real effects of conflict minerals disclosures and workplace health and safety incentives reduce conflicts and injuries/illnesses respectively. In his free time, he enjoys being in a calm, peaceful, tranquil, contented, and untroubled state.

Taylor Paskett

Taylor Paskett is a third year Ph.D. Candidate at the University of Nebraska- Lincoln. His research interests include taxation, corporate disclosure, and corporate governance and incentives. His current research projects explore the effect of common institutional ownership on firm tax planning and disclosure characteristics. In his free time, Taylor enjoys fishing with his kids.

Alina Pugacheva

Alina is a fourth-year PhD student at HEC Paris. Her research interests include information generation and processing by credit rating analysts, and their impact on financial markets. In her spare time, she enjoys reading high fantasy books, hiking, and exploring new cities.

Xinyi Wang

Xinyi is a fourth-year Ph.D. student at Simon Business School, University of Rochester. Her research interests include disclosure, information intermediaries, real effects, and international studies. She enjoys reading and traveling in her free time.

Di (Albert) Wang

Di (Albert) Wang is a third-year Ph.D. student at the McCombs School of Business, UT Austin. Previously, he worked as a machine learning engineer at JD.COM in Beijing, China. Albert’s research interests revolve around regulations and their impact on corporate disclosure, financing, and innovation decisions. In his free time, he enjoys cooking and playing basketball.

Bohyun Yang

Bohyun is a third-year Ph.D. student at the University of California, Berkeley. Her primary research interests include capital market consequences, debt contracting, and ESG. In her free time, Bohyun enjoys practicing Muay Thai, appreciating artwork, and discovering young talented local artists.

Sheryl Zhang

Sheryl is a fifth-year Ph.D. student at the Washington University in Saint Louis. Her research interests focus on disclosure, financial intermediaries and ESG. In her leisure time, Sheryl enjoys jogging, hiking, and walking her cat.

Yue Zhao

Yue is a 3rd-year Ph.D. candidate at Singapore Management University (SMU). As a dual-degree Ph.D. student at both SMU and Renmin University of China (RUC), he received the Doctorate in Management (major in Accounting) at RUC in 2023. His research interests lie in information disclosure, ChatGPT and its application in accounting research, financial journalist, and China studies. He enjoys basketball, badminton, fitness and eating in his spare time.

Yanping Zhu

Yanping is a first-year Ph.D. student at New York University. His research interests include disclosure, real effects, and bank accounting. In his spare time, he enjoys jogging, traveling, hiking, and music.