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Research highlights

Social Media Law

Professor Kim Houser’s article “Three Dos and Don’ts of Social Media” in the Puget Sound Business Journal examines how the lack of clarity around social media laws can lead to businesses making several common mistakes, often unknowingly.

Social media and the law

Accounting professor Kimberly Houser’s book, The Legal Guide to Social Media examines complex legal issues surrounding the use of social media. It’s a must-read for bloggers, large corporations, employees, small businesses, website owners, and more—even recreational users of social media. 

Tax accounting

Professor Jeffrey Gramlich’s most publicized research documented whistle-blowing assertions that Chevron, Texaco, and the Government of Indonesia colluded to defraud U.S. federal and state governments of an estimated $9 billion in tax revenue.


Scholarly research in the Department of Accounting spans the following topics:

  • Accounting ethics
  • Accounting information and the stock market
  • Auditing
  • Auditors’ risk assessment and planning systems
  • Business law (including cyberlaw, intellectual property ownership on the Internet, and legal history)
  • Capital markets and disclosure issues
  • Cost measurement
  • Federal income taxation
  • Financial accounting
  • Governmental and non-profit accounting
  • Healthcare
  • Judgment and decision-making processes
  • Managerial/cost accounting
  • Retirement planning
  • Tax accounting
  • Taxation of investments