Michelle Lowry has been appointed assistant professor in the Department of Accounting and Information Systems at Virginia Tech’s Pamplin College of Business.

She is one of nine new full-time tenured or tenure-track faculty members at Pamplin this fall. Their addition reflects the college’s commitment to hiring faculty to further strengthen its teaching, research, and business outreach, particularly in areas concerning business analytics, innovation and entrepreneurship, and sustainable global prosperity.

Lowry received her Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Hong Kong in 2018. She earned a master’s degree and a bachelor’s degree at Brigham Young University.

Lowry’s research interests are in corporate governance, governance structures, monitoring, minority shareholder expropriation, and financial disclosure.

Her dissertation investigated the use of status as a mechanism to control corporate boards around two Hong Kong regulations that increase board independence.

Her co-authored papers have examined minority shareholder expropriation and financial disclosure in Hong Kong/China settings. One of her projects explores synergies between corporate governance and information technology governance in a U.S. setting.

Her honors and grants include a Hong Kong University Grants Council GRF Grant (co-investigator); Best Paper Award at the 2017 Symposium of Accounting, Auditing, and Corporate Governance Practices in China; and a Hong Kong Postgraduate Fellowship Award.

A certified public accountant, Lowry has seven years of public accounting firm experience in Arizona and Utah, most recently as a manager in taxation.