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Lei Zhao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Department of Accounting


Ph.D., University of Missouri-Columbia
M.S. in Actuarial Science and Statistics, University of Central Missouri
M.A. in Accounting, University of Central Missouri
B.A. in Accounting, North China Electric Power University

Research Interests

Determinants and Consequences of Transparency, Role of Auditing in Capital Market

Publications and Media Placements

Khurana, I. K., and Zhao, L. (2019). Does the JOBS Act Reduce Compliance Costs of Emerging Growth Companies? Theory and Evidence. Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory (gold), 38(4), 151-175.

Honors and Awards

  • AAA/Deloitte Foundation/J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium Fellow (2017)
  • AAA FARS Doctoral Consortium (2016)
  • Outstanding Graduate Teaching Award, University of Missouri (2017) 


Professional Organizations and Associations

Reviewer, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance (2019 - Present)