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Doctoral Program Current Students

Ph.D. Students in Residence:

520.621.2337 office
520.621.3742 fax
jbwood@email.arizona.edu 
McClelland 301

James BrushwoodJames Brushwood
Dissertation Phase

Area of Interest: Financial
 
 
 Bio: James joined the accounting doctoral program at Arizona in 2010 after stints in SEC Reporting for Celanese and as an auditor for Ernst & Young, both in Dallas, Texas.  James' primary research interests are in financial accounting, including corporate disclosure and the impact of accounting information on real decisions of the firm, such as investment and corporate restructurings.  James' teaching interests are in financial accounting with experience on both the graduate and undergraduate levels, having taught both Intermediate Financial Accounting II (ACCT 400B) and Advanced Financial Accounting (ACCT 501).  His expected graduation date is May 2015.  Originally from Houston, Texas, James is a proud 2005 graduate of Texas A&M University.  He is happily married to his wife, Kaylan, and they enjoy travel, going to concerts, and the beautiful Tucson outdoors.  

520.621.2530 office
520.621.3742 fax
remcurtis@email.arizona.edu 
McClelland 301

Remington CurtisRemington Curtis
First Year PhD Student

Area of Interest: Financial

Bio: Remington T Curtis, CPA, earned his Master of Accounting from Utah State University. Upon graduation Remington joined KPMG LLP where he specialized in auditing hedge funds, private equity funds, and multi-manager investment funds. In 2009 Remington accepted a position at Strata Fund Services LLC, a fund administration firm. As a manager at Strata, he provided accounting and administration services to funds with a wide variety of investment vehicles and legal structures. Remington joined the Arizona Accounting PhD program in 2013. His initial academic research interests include financial accounting and capital markets. Outside of academia, Remington is a sports fan, serves as a Captain in the Army National Guard, and loves wrestling with his three children.
 

520.621.2337 office
520.621.3742 fax
merickson@email.arizona.edu 
McClelland 301

Matthew EricksonMatthew Erickson
Second Year PhD Student

Area of Interest: Tax  
 
 

Bio: Matthew received a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting and a Master’s of Science in Accounting (Tax Emphasis) from Texas A&M University.  Before entering the doctoral program at the University of Arizona, Matthew worked for Deloitte’s tax practice and obtained his CPA.  Matthew’s research interests include the relationship between taxes and capital markets, the role of taxes in valuation and decision making, and the formulation of tax policy.  In his free time, Matthew enjoys hiking, reading, community service, and spending time with his family and friends.
 

520.621.3743 office
520.621.3742 fax
afinley@email.arizona.edu
McClelland 301

Andrew FinleyAndrew Finley
Third Year PhD Student
Area of Interest: Tax

Bio: Andrew Finley received a BA in political science and economics from the University of
California, Los Angeles. Prior to joining the Phd program, he earned a CPA and worked as a tax manager at KPMG primarily serving Subchapter-C clients. He has experience preparing and auditing income tax provisions for publicly held and private corporations, representing clients during IRS and state tax examinations, advising on various tax credit and accounting method projects, and teaching at national training programs for new hires and interns. His research area is taxation, including how income tax policies and accounting affect decision-making.

520.621.3743 office
520.621.3742 fax
ngoldman@email.arizona.edu
McClelland 301

Nathan GoldmanNathan Goldman
Second Year PhD Student

Area of Interest: Financial/Tax  

Bio: Nathan obtained a Bachelor of Science in Physiology from The University of Arizona College of Medicine with a minor in Business Administration. He later received a Masters of Accounting from the Kenan-Flagler Business School at The University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Prior to entering the doctoral program at the University of Arizona, Nathan worked in public accounting as an audit senior at Deloitte & Touche L.L.P. in the Carolinas Audit practice. Nathan obtained and maintains his CPA in the state of North Carolina. His research interests include tax avoidance, auditing of tax based accounts and earnings management. 

520.621.2520 office
520.621.3742 fax
jsjudd@email.arizona.edu   
McClelland 301

Scott JuddScott Judd
Dissertation Phase

Area of Interest: Financial  
 
 Bio: Scott received a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in accounting from Brigham Young University.  Prior to entering the PhD program, Scott worked for Deloitte & Touche LLP in their Orange County, California office as an external auditor.  Scott is a CPA in the state of California and is also a member of the AICPA.  Scott's research interests include auditing, revenue recognition, and customer supplier relationships.  Scott's hobbies include golf, basketball, running, and spending time with family and friends.
 

520.621.3743 office
520.621.3742 fax
mindykim@email.arizona.edu
McClelland 301
Mindy KimMindy Kim
Third Year PhD Student

Area of Interest: Audit/Financial
 
 
 Bio: Mindy (Hyo Jung) Kim, CPA, earned a Bachelor of Business Administration and Library and Information Science from Yonsei University, South Korea, in 2005 and a Master of Accountancy from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008. Mindy entered the PhD program in 2011 after three years at Deloitte & Touche LLP (D&T). At D&T, she served as a senior auditor in Audit & Enterprise Risk Services of the firm’s New York office where she worked on a variety of clients in the trading, financial services, and utility industries. Mindy’s initial academic interests include archival research in various auditing and financial accounting topics. Outside of her academic pursuits, Mindy enjoys going to movies and concerts, trying different types of exercise and writing for fun.
 
520.621.2530 office
520.621.3742 fax
lusch@email.arizona.edu 
McClelland 301
Stephen LuschStephen Lusch
Dissertation Phase

Area of Interest: Tax/Financial
 
 
 Bio: Stephen joined the Accounting PhD program in the fall of 2009. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration from Texas Christian University and a Master of Science in Accountancy with a Tax Concentration from the University of Notre Dame. While in Texas, Stephen worked for Hatter & Associates, LLP, primarily in the areas of individual taxation and IRS dispute resolution. His research interests include studying how multi-jurisdictional tax environments influence firm decision-making, the impact of investor-level taxes on corporate capital structure, mergers and acquisitions, and ethics.
 
Pablo Machado
520.621.2520 office
520.621.3742 fax
pmachad1@email.arizona.edu
McClelland 301
Pablo Machado
Third Year PhD Student

Area of Interest: Audit
 
 
 Bio: Pablo Machado received his undergraduate and MAcc degrees in accounting from Colorado State University, with a concentration in Financial Accounting and Taxation. He is currently licensed as a Certified Public Accountant by the State of Colorado, and was an audit associate at the Denver office of PwC, and then founded a small accounting firm in Denver.  He also has experience working in internal auditing at Colorado State University and in law enforcement in the Tucson area.  His research area is audit, and he is an AICPA Accounting Doctoral Scholar and KPMG Accounting Doctoral Scholar.  
 
520.621.2337 office
520.621.3742 fax
francismurphy@email.arizona.edu 
McClelland 301
Sarah ShaikhFrank Murphy
First Year PhD Student

Area of Interest:Tax
 
 
 Bio: Frank Murphy, CPA, graduated with his bachelors of science in accounting degree from the University of Connecticut in 2007. Later he graduated from Bentley University with a master of science in taxation. Prior to becoming a doctoral student Frank worked as a manager at Deloitte Tax LLP in Hartford Connecticut in the International Tax Department. Frank worked mainly on Fortune 500 clients focusing on repatriation strategies, internal restructures, and global tax optimization. Frank is currently a member of the AICPA and is a licensed CPA in the state of Connecticut.  His current research area is taxation specifically global tax policy and tax avoidance strategies. Outside of school his hobbies include golfing, music, and cooking.
 
520.621.2520 office
520.621.3742 fax
sanant@email.arizona.edu 
McClelland 301
Sarah ShaikhSarah Shaikh
Dissertation Phase

Area of Interest:Financial/Managerial
 
 
 Bio: Sarah Shaikh, CPA, CMA, began the PhD program in 2010. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Accounting in 2004 from Drake University and completed her Master's degree in Accounting from The Ohio State University in 2005. Sarah worked for John Deere for four and a half years, holding positions in budgeting, forecasting, and internal audit. Her research interests include financial accounting topics, including corporate governance, accounting comparability and financial reporting quality. Outside of school, Sarah enjoys traveling, running and spending time with her husband.
 
520.621.2530 office
520.621.3742 fax
xiaxiao@email.arizona.edu 
McClelland 301
Sarah ShaikhSummer Xiao
First Year PhD Student

Area of Interest:Financial/Audit
 
 
 Bio: Summer received a Bachelor of Business Administration (First Class Honors) from Lingnan University, Hong Kong and a Master of Accountancy from the University of Minnesota at the Twin Cities. Summer has three-years of work experience at KPMG's Hong Kong office as an external auditor. She was involved in several IPO engagements and served clients from various industries.  Summer is a Certified Public Accountant in Hong Kong and has also passed the AICPA’s International Qualification Examination under the mutual recognition agreement between the U.S. and Hong Kong. She is familiar with both IFRS and U.S. GAAP. Her research areas are audit and financial accounting. In her spare time, Summer enjoys traveling, photography, playing badminton, and reading novels.
 
520.621.2135 office
520.621.3742 fax
eyang12@email.arizona.edu 
McClelland 301

Emily YengEmily Yang
Second Year PhD Student

Area of Interest:Managerial/Financial
 
 
 Bio: Emily Yang is a doctoral candidate in the Accounting department. Her research interests include the interdisciplinary research between managerial and financial accounting issues and traditional managerial accounting issues (e.g. incentive design, performance evaluation, and management control systems). Her current projects focus on the use (determinants and consequences) of incentive contracts under different economic conditions, and the effectiveness of financial measures in incentive design. Emily is expected to graduate in May 2016.

Prior to the University of Arizona, Emily held various financial and managerial accounting roles in commercial banking and manufacturing industries. She has an MBA from University of Connecticut, and a Bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering from Sichuan University. She holds an intermediate-level Accountant Certificate in China.  

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