PhD Student | Accounting and Information Systems
4171 Grainger Hall


Kimberly Walker is a fifth-year accounting Ph.D. student at the University of Wisconsin – Madison. She is a licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in North Carolina with over six years of professional experience as an external and internal auditor. Immediately before entering into a doctoral program, she worked for Carlisle as an Information System Technology Audit Manager, where she worked primarily on operational and compliance audits.

Broadly, Kimberly’s research interest focuses on factors that influence auditors’ judgment and decision-making related to financial reporting. She is interested in how audit innovations impact auditors’ decisions and audit quality. Specifically, she is interested in exploring the unintended implications associated with audit innovations, such as the impact of data visualizations and false-positive rates on auditor judgment. She is also interested in exploring interventions that help auditors make accurate risk assessments, and that improves the quality of their planning decisions.

Kimberly is also a recipient of the AICPA Fellowship for Minority Doctoral Students. The AICPA awards annual fellowships of $12,000 to full-time for five years to accounting scholars who demonstrate significant potential to become accounting educators and researchers.


Selected Submitted Journal Articles

Barr-Pulliam, D. & Nkansa, P. & Walker, K. (2018). From Compliance to Strategic Partnerships: The Role of Internal Audit in ERM and Opportunities for Future Research Accounting Horizons

Working Papers

Walker, K. (2019). Data Analytics and Skeptical Actions: The Countervailing Effects of False Positives and Consistent Rewards for Skepticism?

Walker, K. & Barr-Pulliam, D. (2018). The Joint Effects of Data Visualization and Prior Year Audit Results on Auditor Effectiveness when Performing Preliminary Analytical Procedures

Walker, K. & Brown-Liburd, H. & Brown-Liburd, H. (2018). Auditors’ Use of Audit Data Analytics: How Institutional Theory Explains the Audit Transformation


Undergraduate Courses

Introduction to Financial Accounting (AIS 100), Fall 2016.

Course Coordinator (6 sections) and Instructor - Introduction to Financial Accounting (AIS 100), Spring 2017.

Course Coordinator (20 sections) Introduction to Financial Accounting (AIS 100), Fall 2017.

Introduction to Financial Accounting (ACC 100), Spring 2016.