Howard W. Johnson Professor
Professor of Accounting
Michelle specializes in empirical research at the intersection of taxation and financial accounting. Her recent work examines the capital market and financial accounting effects of book-tax conformity; measures, causes, and consequences of corporate tax avoidance; tax and accounting effects on foreign investment and repatriation of foreign earnings; and an examination of firms that report their financial accounting fraudulently. She has recently completed a review of the tax literature as part of a series of invited papers by the Journal of Accounting and Economics. Michelle’s research has been published in The Accounting Review, The Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, The Journal of Public Economics, among other journals. She is currently an editor of The Journal of Accounting and Economics and has served on several other journals’ editorial boards.
She is both a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and Certified Management Accountant (CMA). She has given numerous talks about her research at various universities and policy forums. She has provided staff briefings for both senior Treasury personnel in the Office of Tax Policy and the Senate Finance Committee as well as to Congressional staff members. She has been a speaker at several doctoral consortiums, New Faculty Consortiums, and has represented the JAE on editor panels. Most recently she was part of the American delegation of the Young Leaders Conference in Basel, Switzerland organized by the American Swiss Foundation. Prior to entering academia, she worked for KPMG.