Christian Leuz

Joseph Sondheimer Professor of International Economics, Finance and Accounting

Christian Leuz, Joseph Sondheimer Professor of International Economics, Finance and Accounting at the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business. He is also a Co-Director of the Initiative on Global Markets, a Research Associate at the National Bureau of Economic Research and a Fellow at the European Corporate Governance Institute, Wharton's Financial Institution Center, Goethe University's Center for Financial Studies, and the CESifo Research Network. He studies the role of disclosure and transparency in capital and other markets, the effects of disclosure and securities regulation, international accounting as well as corporate governance and corporate financing decisions. His work has been published in top academic journals, including the Journal of Accounting Research, Journal of Accounting & Economics, Journal of Financial Economics, and the Review of Financial Studies. He has received several awards and honors, including the Distinguished Contribution to the Accounting Literature Award in 2014 and 2016, the Humboldt Research Award in 2012, the 2011 Wildman Medal, as well as a JFE All-Star-Paper Award. He was also recognized as a “Highly Cited Researcher" by Thomson Reuters and included in their list of “The World’s Most Influential Scientific Minds” in 2014-2016. Professor Leuz is an editor for the Journal of Accounting Research and has served on many editorial boards, including the Journal of Accounting & Economics, The Accounting Review, the Journal of Business, Finance and Accounting, and the Review of Accounting Studies.

Born in Germany, Professor Leuz earned his doctoral degree and “Habilitation” at the Business & Economics Department of Goethe University Frankfurt. Prior to this position, he was the Harold Stott Term Assistant Professor in Accounting at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a visiting doctoral fellow at the Simon School of Business, University of Rochester.