Lauren (Dreher) Cunningham

Department: Accounting & Information Management, Neel Corporate Governance Center

Title: Assistant Professor, Director of Research Neel Corporate Governance Center


2005-Drury University, B.A. Accounting

2014-University of Arkansas, Ph.D. Business Administration


603 Stokely Management Center

Lauren (Dreher) Cunningham joined UT’s Department of Accounting and Information Management after receiving her Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Arkansas. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., Lauren worked as an audit manager with Grant Thornton, LLP in Dallas, specializing in the real estate and technology industries. She earned her undergraduate degree in accounting from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Texas. Lauren serves as the audit curriculum coordinator and has taught auditing to both undergraduate and graduate students. She also serves as the Director of Research for the C. Warren Neel Corporate Governance Center and the coordinator of the Neel CGC Distinguished Speaker Series, which hosts corporate executives, board members, institutional investors, and other industry leaders, including the IIA, the PCAOB, and the SEC. Her research interests include audit, corporate governance, and the SEC filing review process (comment letters). Lauren’s research has been published in The Accounting Review and Accounting Horizons and presented at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis as well as conferences internationally. Her research has been featured in Accounting Today and in Agenda, the Financial Times’ corporate governance service, with practitioner summaries in Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation, Columbia Law School’s Blog on Corporations and the Capital Market, and Current Issues in Auditing.  Lauren’s research is available at