The Accounting Department at the Wisconsin School of Business recently hired three faculty members—Kristian Allee, Fabio Gaertner, and Stacie Laplante—to further enhance the department’s research and teaching distinction. All will begin their appointments in the 2013-2014 academic year. Below are biographies for the new faculty members.
Stacie Laplante will be teaching taxation. She received her Ph.D. from University of Washington in Seattle, has previously taught at Terry College of Business at the University of Georgia, and has nine years of experience in public accounting industry as a certified public accountant.
Laplante’s research focuses on the intersection of financial and tax reporting. She is particularly interested in information related to tax reporting that is reflected in firms’ publicly available financial statements and what the information reveals about the firm’s tax planning strategies, as well as how the market uses or values that information.
Kristian Allee will be teaching financial accounting. He received his Ph.D. from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. While at Indiana, he was recognized as an excellent teacher, winning the Indiana Kelley School of Business Doctoral Students Association Teaching Award. Allee also spent time teaching at Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He has further experience as an associate economist working for the Federal Reserve Bank in St. Louis, Missouri and Richmond, Virginia.
Allee’s research examines cost of equity capital estimates, the production and use of financial statements, the determinants and consequences of investor sophistication, and corporate disclosure and tax strategies. His work has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, where he examines the factors associated with the production and use of financial statements for private firms that have discretion in the preparation of financial statements.
Fabio Gaertner will be teaching financial accounting. He received his Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Arizona, and also earned both MAcc and BS (accounting) degrees from Brigham Young University. He previously taught at Nanyang Technologies University in Singapore. He has experience as a consolidations accountant with IBM in their global services division.
Gaertner’s research includes the effects of executive compensation and taxes on corporate outcomes, asset prices, and accounting information. His work also examines how different ownership and governance features interact with explicit management incentives in shaping managers’ decision making. In a recent paper, he examined the effect of CEO compensation incentives on tax-avoidance activities within large American corporations.