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Welcome to The Center for Accounting Research and Education at the University of Notre Dame

Center Staff

Peter D. Easton, Academic Director, CARE


  • Notre Dame Alumni Professor of Accountancy, Mendoza College of Business
  • Editor-in-Chief, Accountability in a Sustainable World Quarterly
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Professor Easton's expertise in accounting and valuation is widely recognized by the academic research community and by the legal community. Professor Easton has been qualified as an expert witness in the Delaware Chancery Court and he has consulted on valuation issues for investment firms and accounting firms in Australia, the UK, and the USA. 

After preparing for the 2020 CARE Conference, Easton recognized the immediate need for dialogue among academics and practitioners about sustainability, accountability, measurement, assurance of the measures, data to inform (responsible) investment decisions and accountability in setting of personal, corporate and public sector goals. This recognition pivoted his teaching, research, and CARE activities to Accountability in a Sustainable World. 

The aim of Accountability in a Sustainable World is to meet the great need currently facing both academia and practice. The accompanying journal, Accountability in a Sustainable World Quarterly, will advance the creation and dissemination of knowledge and understanding of issues of topical practical relevance through the publication of rigorous, peer-reviewed, research and thought-pieces written by cutting edge academics and practitioners.  

The goals of Professor Easton's teaching, the conference, and the journal, will be to (1) build and strengthen the links between academia (both teaching and research) and practice, (2) encourage younger academics by providing an opportunity to present their work to both other academics and practitioners, and (3) provide opportunities for practitioners to communicate with academics and influence their work. The journal will be cross-disciplinary, with a focus on measurement, assurance of the measurements, and use of the measures.  

Professor Easton holds undergraduate degrees from the University of Adelaide and the University of South Australia. He holds a graduate degree from the University of New England and a PhD in Business Administration (majoring in accounting and finance) from the University of California, Berkeley.

Professor Easton’s research on corporate valuation has been published in the Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, and Journal of Business Finance and Accounting. 

Professor Easton's editorial affiliations include:


  • Accountability in a Sustainable World Quarterly, Editor-in-Chief, 2021 - present
  • The Accounting Review, Associate Editor, 1988-90, Editor 2021/2022
  • Review of Accounting Studies, Associate Editor, 1994 – 2003 and Editor, 2003 - 2021
  • Accounting and Business Research, Associate Editor, 1995 - present
  • Accounting and Finance, Associate Editor, 2000 - present
  • Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting, Associate Editor, 2000 - present
  • Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Associate Editor, 2000 – present
  • Journal of Accounting Research, Associate Editor, 1997 - 2017
  • Contemporary Accounting Research, Associate Editor, 1998 - 2007
  • Journal of Accounting and Economics, Associate Editor, 1994 - 2003
  • Accounting Horizons, Associate Editor, 1994-1996, 1997- 2001
  • Accounting Forum, Editorial Board,1979-85


  • Abacus
  • Accounting Review
  • Australian Journal of Management
  • British Accounting Review
  • Critical Finance Review
  • Econometrica
  • Economic Enquiry
  • Journal of Accounting and Public Policy
  • Journal of Business
  • Journal of Econometrics
  • Journal of Empirical Finance
  • Journal of Finance
  • Marketing Science
  • Review of Financial Studies


Professor Easton has held appointments at the University of Chicago, the University of California at Berkeley, Ohio State University, Macquarie University, the Australian Graduate School of Management, the University of Melbourne, and Nyenrode University. He is a member of the Scientific Council of CentER, Tilburg University and is the recipient of numerous awards for excellence in teaching and in research. Professor Easton regularly teaches accounting analysis and security valuation to MBAs.


He the author of the following texts:

  • Valuation Using Financial Statements: (with Phil Drake and Greg Sommers). Cambridge Business Publishers LLC , Chicago. First Edition, 2019, Second Edition 2021.
  • Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation, (with Mary Lea McAnally and Greg Sommers). Cambridge Business Publishers LLC , Chicago. First Edition, 2008, Second Edition, 2010, Third Edition, 2013, Fourth Edition, 2015, Fifth Edition, 2018, Sixth Edition, 2021.
  • Financial Accounting for MBAs, (with John Wild, Robert Halsey, and Mary Lea McAnally). Cambridge Business Publishers LLC , Chicago. First Edition, 2003, Second Edition, 2005, Third Edition 2008, Fourth Edition, 2010, Fifth Edition 2013, Sixth Edition, 2015, Seventh Edition, 2018, Eighth Edition, 2021.
  • Financial and Management Accounting for MBAs, (with Robert Halsey, Mary Lea McAnally, Al Hartgraves and Wayne Morse). Cambridge Business Publishers LLC , Chicago. First Edition, 2008, Second Edition, 2010, Third Edition, 2013, Fourth Edition, 2015, Fifth Edition 2018, Sixth Edition, 2021.
  • Financial Accounting, (with Thomas Dyckman and Glenn Pfeiffer). Cambridge Business Publishers LLC , Chicago. 2007.
  • Estimating the Cost of Capital Implied by Market Prices and Accounting Data, was published in Foundations and Trends in Accounting in 2009.


Professor Easton has received many awards, including: 

  • Office of the Dean Research Mission Award, University of Notre Dame, 2019
  • Limperg Medal, The Netherlands, 2018
  • Thought Leader, China Europe International Business School, 2018
  • Don Trow Visiting Fellow, Victoria University of Wellington, 2014, 2015
  • Financial Accounting Reporting Section, American Accounting Association Best Paper, 2013
  • Notre Dame Faculty spotlight, the University of Notre Dame, 2011
  • Honored Research Faculty, the University of Notre Dame, 2010



Lorie Marsh, Program Manager, CARE

Lorie Marsh

Lorie Marsh joined the Center for Accounting Research and Education in January, 2005, and became the Center's Program Manager in September, 2005. Additionally, Lorie serves as the Editorial Manager of Accountability in a Sustainable World Quarterly.

As CARE program manager, Lorie is responsible for Center marketing and primary representation to faculty both inside and outside of Notre Dame and the United States through course creation, scheduling conferences and workshops, as well as research assistance.  

As the editorial manager for ASWQ, Lorie manages all operational and financial aspects while serving as the liaison between authors, the journal and its editors.

Please contact Lorie at: with any questions you have regarding the Center or the journal.




Our Focus:

Encouraging and supporting young faculty by providing a venue to discuss and develop accounting research that:

  • Affects the way both undergraduate and graduate students are trained and educated
  • Affects the practice of accounting and the use of accounting information
  • Is relevant to accounting standard setters

The Objective:

To strengthen the bridges between accounting research, accounting education, and accounting practice.

The Vehicles:

  • Annual Financial Statement Analysis and Valuation Conference
  • Annual Midwest Accounting Research Conference
  • Development and Maintenance of Corporate Fraud and Bankruptcy Databases

Our Mission:

To support domestic and international faculty in the creation and dissemination of accounting knowledge.