Stanford University Accounting Professor to Appear as Part of Distinguished Research Seminar Series

Stanford University Accounting Professor Charles Lee Charles Lee

April 21, 2010

BATON ROUGE– LSU’s Department of Accounting will host its next Distinguished Research Seminar Series event, featuring Stanford University Professor Charles Lee, Friday, April 30, 2010 from 10:40 a.m.-6 p.m.  This will be the fourth seminar in the ongoing regional workshop series, which is designed to bring together academic researchers from all across Louisiana. 

The event will begin with Lee presenting “Tips for Researching and Publishing” to all interested research Ph.D. students and faculty and will take place from 10:40 a.m. to 12 p.m. on the LSU campus in 2145 Patrick F Taylor Hall. Following, the event, a reception honoring Lee will be held, and he will hold a forum at that time designed for academics and practitioners. He will share his practical industry experiences. Following the forum, academic papers will be presented, and a question and answer session with Lee will be held. 

Lee is the Joseph McDonald Professor of Accounting at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. He is also co-chair of the Accounting Department at Guanghua School of Management at Peking University. Lee received his Ph.D. from Cornell University in 1990, and previously served on the faculty at the University of Michigan Business School and Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. At Cornell, he was the Henrietta Johnson Louis Professor of Management and director of the Parker Center for Investment Research. From 1995-1996, he served as the visiting economist at the New York Stock Exchange. From 2004 to July 2008, he was managing director at Barclays Global Investors, where he served as the firm's global head of equity research and co-head of North America active equity strategies. In July 2008, he joined the Stanford GSB faculty as a visiting professor of accounting.

Lee’s research explores the effect of human cognitive constraints on market participants, and the information efficiency of stock markets. His work has appeared in such scholarly journals as the Journal of Finance, Review of Financial Studies, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, the Accounting Review, Journal of Financial Economics and Review of Accounting Studies. His research has also been featured in the Economist, the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Forbes, Barron's, Worth, Smart Money and CNBC. 

Lee has received numerous honors and awards. His research honors include top prize at Institutional Brokers’ Estimate System, Certified Quality Auditor and Association for Investment Management and Research competitions, as well as two Q-Group grants. Other honors include the PricewaterhouseCoopers Global Competency Center Research Grant, the Moskowitz Prize for Best Quantitative Study in Socially Responsible Investing and the AAA Notable Contribution to Accounting Literature Award. His teaching honors include six school-wide Teaching Excellence Awards, as well as two Business Week Four-Star Citation on Teaching Excellence. He has presented lectures on teaching effectiveness to a national audience at seven AAA New Faculty Consortiums. 

Prior to entering academic life, Lee spent five years in public accounting, the last three in the National Research Department of KPMG, Toronto, Canada. He holds a Certificate in Biblical Studies from Ontario Theological Seminary and is fluent in Mandarin Chinese. 

Anyone wishing to attend the event should RSVP to Monica Haslauer at before Monday, April 26, 2010. Free guest parking will be provided upon receipt of RSVP.

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Angela McBride
LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business