Dr. Karen Nelson is the M.J. Neeley Professor of Accounting in the Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University.

Dr. Nelson is an internationally recognized scholar with a focus on financial reporting and disclosure issues, including the role of regulators, auditors, and private securities litigation in monitoring financial reporting quality. She has lectured at numerous conferences and business schools in the US and abroad, and has published her research in leading journals in accounting, finance, and law. She is also an award-winning teacher and coauthor of three textbooks.

Dr. Nelson earned her PhD from the University of Michigan and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado. Before joining TCU, she served on the faculty at Stanford University and Rice University, and as a visiting professor at the University of Michigan. A Certified Public Accountant, she is a past member of the Standing Advisory Group of the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board.

Employment History

Texas Christian University
Neeley School of Business
2016-present

Rice University
Professor, Jones Graduate School of Business
2003-2016

Stanford University
Professor, Graduate School of Business
1996-2003

University of Michigan,
Visiting Professor, Ross School of Business
2001-2002

Deloitte & Touche
Auditor
1989-1991

Professional Affiliations

Journal of Accounting & Economics
Associate Editor
2020-present

American Accounting Association
Member
1996-present

The Accounting Review
Editorial Board
2004-2017

Credentials

Certified Public Accountant
Colorado

Areas of Expertise

Education

University of Michigan
Ph.D. Business Administration (Accounting), 1997

University of Colorado
B.S. Business Administration (Accounting), Summa Cum Laude, 1988

Recognition

Poets & Quants Top 50 Undergraduate Business Professors
2020