Nerissa Brown

Nerissa Brown

Associate Professor of Accountancy and Academic Director for the BSA/MAS Program in Accountancy and PwC Faculty Fellow and R.C. Evans Disruption Fellow

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204 Wohlers Hall

1206 S. Sixth

Champaign, IL 61820

217-300-7694

nerissab@illinois.edu

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Educational Background

  • Ph.D., Accounting, University of Maryland, 2005
  • M.S., Accounting, University of the West Indies, 1998
  • B.S., Accounting, University of the West Indies, 1996

Positions Held

  • Academic Director for the BSA/MAS Program in Accountancy, Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019 to present
  • Associate Professor of Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018 to present
  • Academic Fellow, Office of the Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities & Exchange Commission, 2017-2018
  • Associate Professor, University of Delaware, 2014-2018
  • Assistant Professor, Georgia State University, 2010-2014
  • Assistant Professor, University of Southern California, 2005-2010

Recent Publications

  • Brown, N., Smith, J., White, R., & Zutter, C. Forthcoming. Political corruption and firm value in the U.S.: Do rents and monitoring matter? Journal of Business Ethics.  link >
  • Brown, N., Elliott, W., & Crowley, R. (2020). What are you saying? Using topic to detect financial misreporting. Journal of Accounting Research, 58 (1), 237-291.  link >
  • Brown, N., Stice, H., & White, R. (2015). Mobile communication and local information flow: Evidence from distracted driving laws. Journal of Accounting Research, 53 (2), 275-329.
  • Brown, N., & Christensen, T. (2014). The quality of street cash flow from operations. Review of Accounting Studies, 19 (2), 913-954.

Other Publications

Articles

  • Brown, N., Pott, C., & Wompener, A. (2014). The effect of internal control and risk management regulation on earnings quality: Evidence from Germany. Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, 33 (1), 1-31.
  • Brown, N., Wei, K., & Wermers, R. (2014). Analyst recommendations, mutual fund herding, and overreaction in stock prices. Management Science, 60 (1), 1-20.
  • Brown, N., Christensen, T., & Elliott, W. (2012). The timing of quarterly 'pro forma' earnings announcements. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, 39 (3/4), 315-359.
  • Brown, N., Christensen, T., Elliott, W., & Mergenthaler, R. (2012). Investor sentiment and pro forma earnings disclosures. Journal of Accounting Research, 50 (1), 1-40.
  • Brown, N., & Kimbrough, M. (2011). Intangible investment and the importance of firm-specific factors in the determination of earnings. Review of Accounting Studies, 16 (3), 539-573.
  • Brown, N. (2004). Review of Management Accounting in the Digital Economy. Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, 23 305-313.

Book Chapters

  • Brown, N., & Kiatapiwat, W., S. Loeb, E. Braase (Ed.) (2002). Expansion and growth: 1957-1971. Our Past, Our Future-100 Years of CPAs in Maryland: Maryland Association of Certified Public Accountants, Inc., 1901-2001.

Honors and Awards

  • R.C. Evans Disruption Fellow, University of Illinois, Gies College of Business, 2019 to present
  • PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP Faculty Fellowship, Department of Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2018 to present
  • List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent by Their Students, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019, 2020
  • Building Pathways for Emerging Leaders at Illinois, Office of the Provost, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2019-2020
  • Diversity Section Excellence in Service Award, American Accounting Association, 2019
  • AAA Financial Accounting and Reporting Section Outstanding Service Award, American Accounting Association, 2017
  • Accounting & MIS Faculty Excellence in Research Award, University of Delaware, 2016
  • Lerner College Outstanding Junior Faculty Award, University of Delaware, 2016

Service

  • Editorial Board Member, The Accounting Review, 2020 to present
  • Member, AAA Financial Reporting Policy Committee, 2019 to present
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Business Finance & Accounting, 2016 to present
  • Track Chair, 2020 AAA Financial Accounting & Reporting Section Midyear Meeting, 2019-2020

Teaching Interests

Financial Accounting

Research Interests

My research interests include: (1) the determinants and capital market consequences of corporate financial reporting; (2) managers' strategic disclosure of and investors' response to non-GAAP financial metrics; and (3) the role of behavioral biases in the dissemination and use of financial information in capital markets.

Current Courses

  • Financial Reporting Standards (ACCY 510) Stakeholders' needs for reliable and relevant information about the performance of firms, as well as managers; economic self-interests, influence managers' selection of accounting policies and financial reporting methods. This course selectively surveys both academic research and professional standards to focus on the measurement, classification and disclosure of financial transactions. Cases, class discussion and research projects emphasize independent thinking, group processes, and communication.

  • Special Research Problems (ACCY 593) Individual investigations or research projects selected by the students, subject to approval by the graduate adviser and the executive officer of the Department.

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204 Wohlers Hall

1206 S. Sixth

Champaign, IL 61820

217-300-7694

nerissab@illinois.edu

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