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Robert Bushman

The Forensic Accounting Distinguished Professor


McColl 4008, CB 3490 Chapel Hill, NC 27599-3490


Accounting professor Robert Bushman’s research investigates the roles played by accounting information in corporate governance, managerial compensation, debt-contracting and bank regulation.

His research has been extensively published in leading academic journals and has been presented at numerous national and international conferences, and presented at invited seminars at universities around the world.

Dr. Bushman is The Forensic Accounting Distinguished Professor and an award-winning teacher, having been recognized for both MBA and PhD teaching.

He teaches MBA courses in structuring complex deals, financial management of healthcare organizations, and the use of information for strategy, decision-making and incentives.

He has served on many doctoral committees for PhD students who have been placed at Chicago Booth, Columbia, Berkeley, Duke, Wharton, Michigan, Georgetown, Rochester, Virginia and Washington University in St. Louis, among others.

He served as area chair of accounting at UNC Kenan-Flagler from 2006 to 2021.

He received his PhD from the University of Minnesota and BBA in accounting from Ohio University.