Professor Watts' research focuses on the effect of information and competition in markets as well as issues in corporate social responsibility. She has published papers in the
Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting and Economics, The Accounting Review, Management Science, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Management Accounting Research, Journal of Economics and Management
Strategy, and other accounting, economics and finance journals. Her work has been cited in major financial publications including
The Wall Street Journal, Business Week, Money Magazine and SmartMoney, and one of her recent publications was featured in the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.
Professor Watts teaches both financial and managerial accounting as well as doctoral seminars in research methods and capital markets. In addition, she is the Accounting area doctoral student academic advisor and has taught courses focused on corporate social
responsibility. She has won numerous teaching awards at the university, school and departmental levels and was included in Purdue University's Book of Great Teachers in 2008. Other awards include the Purdue University Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Teaching
Award, Purdue University Teaching for Tomorrow Award, Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award, and Best Teacher Award in the School of Management. She is also a Fellow in Purdue University's Teaching Academy and was a Purdue University Faculty Scholar (2002-2007).
Prior to joining Krannert, she taught at Indiana University-Bloomington, where she also won university, school and departmental teaching awards, and at the University of British Columbia. She taught at the University of Northern Iowa while a doctoral student.
Before going to graduate school, she was an accountant with Brown Group, Inc. in St. Louis. She has a CPA certificate from the State of Missouri, and is a member of the American Accounting Association, the Canadian Academic Accounting Association, the American
Finance Association, Financial Management Association, the Economic Science Association, INFORMS, the National Investor Relations Institute, FEI, Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma.