Accounting & Information Management

Ph.D. Student Profiles

Christina Adams

Christina is a third-year doctoral student with research interests in auditing and corporate governance. She obtained both her Bachelor of Accountancy and Master of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, Christina was an Adjunct Professor at Ole Miss, a Property Accountant at Parkway Properties Inc., a Senior Audit Associate at KPMG LLP in Jackson, MS, and an Audit Associate at KPMG LLP in Birmingham, AL. Christina is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants, the American Accounting Association, and is licensed CGMA and CPA in the state of Mississippi. Email: cadams47@vols.utk.edu

Christina Adams

Christina is a third-year doctoral student with research interests in auditing and corporate governance. She obtained both her Bachelor of Accountancy and Master of Accountancy from the University of Mississippi. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, Christina was an Adjunct Professor at Ole Miss, a Property Accountant at Parkway Properties Inc., a Senior Audit Associate at KPMG LLP in Jackson, MS, and an Audit Associate at KPMG LLP in Birmingham, AL. Christina is a member of the American Institute of Public Accountants, the American Accounting Association, and is licensed CGMA and CPA in the state of Mississippi. Email: cadams47@vols.utk.edu


Xi Ai

Xi Ai is a first-year doctoral student with research interests in financial reporting, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Prior to starting the doctoral program, Xi worked in the International Accounting Division of Tyson Foods’ global headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas. Her duties included overseeing financial reporting and implementing SOX, SAP, and cost accounting systems in Tyson’s foreign locations. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Arkansas and is a licensed CMA. Email: xai2@vols.utk.edu

Xi Ai

Xi Ai is a first-year doctoral student with research interests in financial reporting, corporate governance, and mergers and acquisitions. She earned her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas in 2013 and 2014, respectively. Prior to starting the doctoral program, Xi worked in the International Accounting Division of Tyson Foods’ global headquarters in Springdale, Arkansas. Her duties included overseeing financial reporting and implementing SOX, SAP, and cost accounting systems in Tyson’s foreign locations. She is a licensed CPA in the state of Arkansas and is a licensed CMA. Email: xai2@vols.utk.edu


Jason Ashby

Jason Ashby is a first year doctoral student with research interests in financial reporting, voluntary disclosure, and capital markets. He earned his bachelor’s degree double majoring in accounting and economics and his master’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University in April 2017. Prior to starting the doctoral program, Jason taught an introductory accounting course at Brigham Young University. He also interned at Squire & Company PC in their advisory division.  Email: jashby@vols.utk.edu


Jerome Conley

Jerome Conley is a third-year doctoral student with research interests in auditing and corporate governance. He obtained his Bachelor of Accountancy from Appalachian State University and Master of Accountancy from Wake Forest University. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, Jerome was a Visiting Lecturer at Wake Forest University, a Senior Audit Associate at Grant Thornton in Charlotte, NC, an Audit Associate at Grant Thornton in Charlotte, NC, and an Executive Director of Rise&Shine Freedom School in Brevard, NC. Email: cd1@vols.utk.edu

Jerome Conley

Jerome Conley is a third-year doctoral student with research interests in auditing and corporate governance. He obtained his Bachelor of Accountancy from Appalachian State University and Master of Accountancy from Wake Forest University. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, Jerome was a Visiting Lecturer at Wake Forest University, a Senior Audit Associate at Grant Thornton in Charlotte, NC, an Audit Associate at Grant Thornton in Charlotte, NC, and an Executive Director of Rise&Shine Freedom School in Brevard, NC. Email: cd1@vols.utk.edu


Andrew Doucet

Andrew Doucet is a second-year doctoral student with research interests financial reporting, earnings management, and corporate governance. He earned both his Bachelors of Accounting and Masters of Accounting degrees at the University of Arkansas. Prior to starting the doctoral program, Andrew interned in PwC’s assurance service line at the Fayetteville, AR office. Andrew also taught undergraduate Accounting Information Systems at the University of Arkansas. Email: adoucet@vols.utk.edu

Andrew Doucet

Andrew Doucet is a second-year doctoral student with research interests financial reporting, earnings management, and corporate governance. He earned both his Bachelors of Accounting and Masters of Accounting degrees at the University of Arkansas. Prior to starting the doctoral program, Andrew interned in PwC’s assurance service line at the Fayetteville, AR office. Andrew also taught undergraduate Accounting Information Systems at the University of Arkansas. Email: adoucet@vols.utk.edu


Steven Hawkins

Steven is a fourth-year doctoral student with research interests in audit, corporate governance and fraud.  He received his Bachelors and Masters of Accountancy from Brigham Young University. Prior to entering the Ph.D. program, he worked for three years in the Ernst & Young audit practice out of the Salt Lake City office. Steven is a licensed CPA in the state of Utah. Email: shawki24@vols.utk.edu


Fellipe Gomes Raymundo

Fellipe Gomes Raymundo is a second-year Ph.D. student with research interests in financial accounting, capital markets and corporate governance. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from IBMEC in Brazil and his master’s degree in economics from the University of Arkansas. Raymundo worked as an equity research analyst at JGP, one of Brazil's top five independent asset management firms, and later as the head of the equity research team and as a co-portfolio manager at Appia Capital. His job involved using corporate financial statements to build equity valuation models and to provide input about fund holdings. Email: fgomesra@vols.utk.edu

Fellipe Gomes Raymundo

Fellipe Gomes Raymundo is a second-year Ph.D. student with research interests in financial accounting, capital markets and corporate governance. He earned his bachelor’s degree in economics from IBMEC in Brazil and his master’s degree in economics from the University of Arkansas. Raymundo worked as an equity research analyst at JGP, one of Brazil's top five independent asset management firms, and later as the head of the equity research team and as a co-portfolio manager at Appia Capital. His job involved using corporate financial statements to build equity valuation models and to provide input about fund holdings. Email: fgomesra@vols.utk.edu


Justin Short

Justin is a fourth-year doctoral student from Nashville, TN with research interests in corporate governance and auditing. He earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee in 2011 and 2012 respectively. He has over two years of professional experience working for the audit practice of Ernst & Young in its Nashville office. Justin audited public and private companies in multiple industries including insurance, manufacturing, healthcare, and utilities. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Tennessee. Email: jshort3@vols.utk.edu

Justin Short

Justin is a fourth-year doctoral student from Nashville, TN with research interests in corporate governance and auditing. He earned his bachelor's degree and master's degree in accounting from the University of Tennessee in 2011 and 2012 respectively. He has over two years of professional experience working for the audit practice of Ernst & Young in its Nashville office. Justin audited public and private companies in multiple industries including insurance, manufacturing, healthcare, and utilities. He is a licensed CPA in the state of Tennessee. Email: jshort3@vols.utk.edu