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Heather L Pesch

Assistant Professor of Accountancy


Educational Background

Ph.D., Accounting (Judgment and Decision Making; Sociological Models), University of Wisconsin at Madison, 2011
B.S., Accounting, California State University at Long Beach, 1996

Positions Held

Assistant Professor of Accountancy, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2012 to present
Assistant Professor, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2011-2012
Lecturer, University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, 2010-2011
Teaching Assistant, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2006-2010
Lecturer, California State University, 2002-2006
Business Consultant, Blue Shield of California, 2002-2003
Retail Finance Business Analyst, ConAgra Grocery Products Company, 2000-2002
Project Manager, PacifiCare of California, 1999-2000
Audit Senior Accountant, Deloitte and Touche, LLP, 1996-1999

Recent Publications

Davis, J. , Pesch, H. 2013. Fraud Dynamics and Controls in Organizations. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 38: 469-483 SSRN Abstract

Service Activities

Ad Hoc Reviewer, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, 2013-present
Moderator, American Accounting Association Audit Section Annual Meeting, 2014
Moderator, American Accounting Association Audit Section Midyear Meeting, 2014
Discussant, American Accounting Association ABO Section Midyear Meeting, 2013, 2014
Discussant, American Accounting Association ABO Section Annual Meeting, 2013
Discussant, American Accounting Association Audit Section Annual Meeting, 2013

Teaching and Research Interests

Auditing and financial reporting

How cognitive and social forces influence judgment and decision making in the auditing and financial reporting context, including how individual behaviors and strategies can lead to emergent aggregate properties. Research methods include experimental techniques and agent-based modeling (a type of computer simulation).