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Isabel  Wang

Isabel (Yanyan) Wang

Associate Professor
Department: Accounting and Information Systems

Office: N233 Business College Complex

Telephone: 517-432-2923


Professor Wang, an associate professor of Accounting, was born to a family full of accountants, but she is the first one to become a professor to teach accounting. Her dissertation won the American Accounting Association's Competitive Manuscript Award and Financial Accounting and Reporting Section's Best Dissertation Award in 2006. In 2017, one of her papers (co-authored with Linda Bamber and John Jiang) won the Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Literature Award. Her hobbies include yoga, swimming, reading, and listening to Jazz.

Securities regulations, corporate disclosure, and analyst behavior

  • Competitive Manuscript Award:  from American Accounting Association, 2006
  • Best Dissertation Award: from the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section of the American Accounting Association, 2006
  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year in the M.S. program: from the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, 2012
  • Faculty Excellence in Research Award: from the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, 2012
  • Distinguished Contribution to Accounting Literature Award, American Accounting Association, 2017.: This award intends to “recognize accounting research of exceptional merit that has significantly impacted the discipline over a period of at least five years.”
  • Excellence in Reviewing Award: Financial Accounting and Reporting Section, American Accounting Association, 2017 
  • Roland F. Salmonson Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award: Department of Accounting and Information Systems, 2014 
  • Outstanding Service Award: National Meeting Co-coordinator, Financial Accounting and Reporting Section, 2012
  • Best Presenter Award: Midwest Accounting Research Conference, Indianapolis, 2008


  • John Jiang, Kathy Petroni and Isabel Wang. (2010). CFOs and CEOs: Who Have the Most Influence on Earnings Management?. Journal of Financial Economics. 96: 3. 513-526.
  • Linda Bamber, John (Xuefeng) Jiang, Kathy Petroni, Isabel Yanyan Wang. (2010). Comprehensive income: Who"™s afraid of performance reporting?. The Accounting review. 85: 1. 97-126.
  • Linda Bamber, John Jiang and Isabel Wang. (2010). What"™s my style? The influence of top managers on voluntary corporate financial disclosures. The Accounting Review. 85: 4. 1131-1162.
  • Isabel Wang. (2007). Private Earnings Guidance and its Implications for Disclosure Regulation. The Accounting Review. 82: 5. 1299-1332.
  • Michael Kimbrough and Isabel Wang. Are seemingly self-serving attributions in earnings press releases plausible? Empirical evidence. The Accounting Review, forthcoming.
  • Big N auditors and audit quality: New evidence from quasi experiments, with J. Jiang, and K. Wang, The Accounting Review, forthcoming.   How Does the FASB Make Decisions? Agenda Setting, Individual Board Members, and Fair Value Accounting, with J. Jiang, and D. Wangerin, Accounting, Organizations and Society, forthcoming.  Revolving Rating Analysts and Ratings of MBS and ABS: Evidence from LinkedIn, with J. Jiang, and K. Wang, Management Science, forthcoming.   Consequences of increased compensation disclosure transparency: Evidence from CEO pay in acquiring firms, with X. Wang, and D. Wangerin, 2018. Journal of Accounting, Auditing & Finance.   Private Intermediary Innovation and Market Liquidity: Evidence from the Pink Sheets Tier of the OTC Market, with J. Jiang and K. Petroni, 2016. Contemporary Accounting Research 33 (3)920-948.   Does it matter who serves on the Financial Accounting Standards Board? Bob Herz’s unexpected resignation and the fair value accounting for loans, with J. Jiang and Y. Xie, 2015. Review of Accounting Studies 20: 371-394.   Are seemingly self-serving attributions in earnings press releases plausible? Empirical evidence, with M. Kimbrough, 2014. The Accounting Review 89 (2): 635-667.   
  • ACC 300: Intermediate Accounting I
  • ACC 844: International Accounting
  • ACC 950: Doctoral seminar
  • ACC 807: Financial Statement Analysis

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