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Susan Watts

Professor of Management;

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, The Rand Journal of Economics, 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. 

Professor Watts teaches both financial and managerial accounting as well as courses focused on corporate social responsibility. She also teaches in the doctoral program and is the Accounting area doctoral student academic advisor. 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 named a Purdue University Faculty Scholar.

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, INFORMS, the National Investor Relations Institute, FEI, Beta Alpha Psi and Beta Gamma Sigma.


Ph.D., Accounting, University of Iowa
M.A., Accounting, University of Iowa
B.B.A., Accounting, University of Iowa

Research & Area(s) of Expertise

Effect of information and competition in markets, accounting