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Lauren Cunningham

Associate Professor, Keith Stanga Professor of Accounting and Cheryl Massingale Faculty Research Fellow
Office Location: Room - 622, Haslam Business Building 865-974-1762

Lauren Cunningham is an associate professor and the Keith Stanga Professor of Accounting. She 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, regulators and other industry leaders.

Cunningham serves as the audit curriculum coordinator and has taught auditing to both undergraduate and graduate students. Her co-authored data visualization case is the recipient of the Best Paper Award in Issues in Accounting Education and the AAA Innovation in Auditing and Assurance Education Award.

She enjoys working on archival and qualitative research related to audit, corporate governance and the SEC filing review process (comment letters). She is particularly passionate about research that provides useful insights for accounting and governance professionals. In that regard, she has collaborated with the Center for Audit Quality to analyze audit committees’ evolving responsibilities, and with the Institute of Internal Auditors to measure corporate governance quality in the U.S. Her research has been highlighted in professional articles, blog posts and podcasts, and presented to the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis.

Cunningham has published in numerous prestigious journals, including: The Accounting Review; Contemporary Accounting Research; Review of Accounting Studies; Accounting Horizons; Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance; and Journal of International Accounting Research. She has served as an editor at European Accounting Review and Accounting Horizons.

Awards & Honors


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

    2005 Drury University, B.A., Accounting


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