James Hansen


PHONE: 801.626.6433

EMAIL: jameshansen2@weber.edu



James Hansen joined the Weber State University faculty in fall 2013 and currently serves as an assistant professor in the School of Accounting & Taxation at the Goddard School of Business & Economics. He also serves on the Strategic Planning Committee for the Goddard School and the University Scholarship Committee. 

He received his BS and MAcc degrees in accounting from Brigham Young University and his PhD in accounting from the University of Georgia Terry College of Business. He teaches Financial Statement Analysis, along with Introductory and Advanced Auditing in the GSBE Undergraduate Accounting and Master of Accounting programs. Hansen’s research focuses on audit quality and detection of earnings management. His research has been published in Auditing: A Journal of Practice and TheoryCurrent Issues in AuditingJournal of Accounting LiteratureJournal of Accounting and Public PolicyJournal of Portfolio Management, and The CPA Journal.


Ph.D.,  Accounting - University of Georgia Terry College of Business, 2004

CPA - New Mexico 

MS, Master of Accounting - Brigham Young University, 1999

BS, Accounting - Brigham Young University, 1999 


Enjoy spending time with family (wife Doris, seven daughters – Ellie, Abigail, Lilyanne, Ginevieve, Sophie, Cosette, Vivienne, and son – Howard), cycling, leisure reading, journal writing, church service, gardening, basketball, Boy Scouts of America (Eagle Scout), and ranching (inactive-my father sold the cows). 



  1.  “Target Shooting: Review of Earnings Management around Earnings Benchmarks”, with Ahsan Habib (Auckland University of Technology). Journal of Accounting Literature, Vol. 27, p. 25-70, 2008. 
  2. “Entity-level controls: The internal auditor’s assessment of management tone at the top”, with Nate Stephens (Utah State University) and David Wood (Brigham Young University). Current Issues in Auditing, Vol. 3, No. 1, p. 1-13, 2009. 
  3. “The Effect of Alternative Goals on Earnings Management Studies: An Earnings Benchmark Examination”. Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Vol. 29, No. 5, p. 459-480, 2010. 
  4. “Where were the Auditors? Using AAERs in Introductory or Advanced Auditing Courses”. Journal of Accounting Education, Vol. 28, No. 2, p. 114-127, 2010. 
  5. “Functional Fixation Surrounding the Adoption of SFAS 142”, with George Wilson (Butler University). Journal of Business and Policy Research, Vol. 7, No. 4, p. 1-13, 2012. 
  6. “Do You Know What’s in Your Benchmark” with Steven Crawford (Rice University) and Richard Price III (Utah State University). Journal of Portfolio Management, Vol. 39, No. 3, p. 136-147, 2013. 
  7. “A Rotational Model for Internal Auditors, Academic Findings on its Costs and Benefits” with Matthew Starliper (University of Massachusetts-Amherst) and David Wood (Brigham Young University). The CPA Journal, Vol. 83, No. 10, p. 12-13, 2013 
  8. “Audit Committee Stock Options and Financial Reporting Quality after the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002”, with John Campbell (University of Georgia), Chad Simon (Utah State University) and Jason Smith (University of Nevada, Las Vegas). Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, Vol. 34, No.2, p. 91-120, 2015 
  9. Does the Timing of Auditor Changes Affect Audit Quality? Evidence from the Initial Year of the Audit Engagement, with Cory Cassell (University of Arkansas), Linda Myers (University of Tennessee), and Timothy Seidel (Brigham Young University). Forthcoming, Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance


  1. 2015 – AAA Annual Meeting, AAA Audit Midyear Meeting, Utah State University, Idaho State University 
  2. 2014 – Brigham Young University Accounting Research Symposium, University of North Carolina-Charlotte 
  3. 2013 – AAA Southwest Regional Meeting, Brigham Young University Accounting Research Symposium, Weber State University. 
  4. 2012 – AAA Audit Midyear Meeting 
  5. 2011 – AAA Annual Meeting, Texas Tech University 
  6. 2010 – University of New Mexico, Eastern Washington University, AAA Western Regional Meeting 
  7. 2009 – Oregon State University, Penn State Great Valley, St. Joseph’s University, San Diego State University, Saint Xavier University 
  8. 2008 – Montana State University, St. John’s University, Seoul National University 
  9. 2007 – University of Illinois at Chicago, Utah State University 
  10. 2005 – Brigham Young University Accounting Research Symposium 
  11. 2004 – AAA Annual Meeting, Auburn University, Brigham Young University Accounting Research Symposium, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Missouri at St. Louis, University of Texas at Dallas