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Susan Watts is currently a Professor of Management and the Emanuel T. Weiler Chair in Management in the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University. Her research focuses on the effect of information and competition in markets. Most recently, her efforts have been focused on understanding voluntary disclosures made by firms—what triggers them and how they affect stock prices and product market competition. She has also continued to study firms’ decisions to engage in socially responsible activities and how those decisions affect product market competition as well as disclosure and assurance decisions made by rival firms. Some of her earliest papers use experimental economics methods to study information dissemination in asset markets. Her work has been published in various journals including Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting & Economics, The Accounting Review, Rand Journal of Economics, Management Science, Review of Accounting Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Management Accounting Research, Journal of Economics & Management Strategy, and others. She has been named a Purdue University Faculty Scholar and a Krannert Faculty Fellow.
Professor Watts' teaching interests include financial and managerial accounting, and she has taught a Purdue Honors Program project course on corporate social responsibility and ethics. She also teaches and works closely with doctoral students on their research and is the area academic advisor for the doctoral program in Accounting. She was included in Purdue University’s Book of Great Teachers in 2008 and was awarded the Purdue University Charles B. Murphy Teaching Award in 2004. She is a fellow of the Purdue University Teaching Academy and has participated both as a senior faculty member and a junior faculty award recipient in Purdue’s Teaching for Tomorrow program. She has also received several School-wide teaching awards at Purdue. Before joining Purdue, she was a faculty member at Indiana University-Bloomington where she also received university, school and department teaching awards.