Steve Stubben portrait
  • Associate Dean for Faculty and Research, School Of Business-Fin&Ops
  • Professor, Accounting Department
  • Francis A. Madsen Professor, School Of Business Dean

Research Summary

Professor Stubben researches financial accounting topics, with a focus on accounting standards, firms’ application of these standards, the quality of the resulting accounting information, and how that information is used in business decisions.


  • PhD, Accounting, Stanford University


Professor Stubben is a David Eccles Faculty Fellow and Professor of Accounting at the University of Utah. He has published research on topics related to financial accounting and reporting in The Accounting ReviewJournal of Accounting and EconomicsJournal of Accounting ResearchReview of Accounting Studies, and other top accounting journals. He is currently a member of the editorial boards of five accounting journals, and he has recently received awards for his work on peer reviews from The Accounting Review and Journal of Accounting Research. Professor Stubben received the Wildman Award, awarded annually for the publication with the most significant contribution to the practice of accounting. He is frequently invited to present his research at conferences and universities around the world.

Professor Stubben has won teaching awards at the undergraduate, masters, and PhD levels. He works closely with PhD students, regularly chairing PhD dissertation committees. He served as Director of the Eccles School's Accounting PhD Program from 2014 to 2019. 

Professor Stubben enjoys working on issues related to financial accounting standards. He participates in annual conferences with the Financial Accounting Standards Board and has been a keynote speaker and chair of the conference planning committee.

Professor Stubben is actively involved in service within the University of Utah and in the profession. He is currently a member of the Eccles School's Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee and Undergraduate Accounting Strategy Committee; and he has recently completed terms on the Retention, Promotion, and Tenure Committee and PhD Program Committee, among others. Professor Stubben's service to the profession includes a variety of positions at the American Accounting Association: President-Elect of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section, Chair of the New Faculty Consortium Planning Committee, Chair of the Financial Reporting Policy Committee, Chair of the Monograph Review Committee, and member of a number of other committees. He is regularly invited to give career advice to PhD students and new accounting faculty at national conferences.