Professor Watts' research focuses on the effect of information and competition in markets. 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 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. She was named a Purdue University Faculty Scholar
in 2002 and a Krannert Faculty Fellow in 1999.
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 teaches a Purdue University Honors Program
project course on corporate ethics and 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 August 2008. Other recent awards include
the Purdue University Charles B. Murphy Outstanding Teaching Award in 2004, a Purdue University Teaching for Tomorrow Award (for senior faculty) in 2007, the Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award in 2006, and the 2003 Best Teacher Award in the School
of Management. She was named a Fellow in Purdue University's Teaching Academy in 2002.
Prior to joining the Krannert faculty in 1998, 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.