Christopher S. Armstrong

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Professor, Accounting

Christopher S. Armstrong

The Joan E. Horngren Professor of Accounting

Charles and Melissa Froland Faculty Fellow for 2022–2023
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Research Statement

Chris Armstrong’s research primarily focuses on corporate governance, executive compensation, contracting and incentives. He has also studied issues related to how capital market participants use accounting information and other corporate disclosures, valuation and cost of capital, and various financial reporting issues at early-stage companies.

Research Interests

  • Corporate Governance
  • Incentives and Compensation
  • Contracting


He was previously the EY Professor of Accounting at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He is on the editorial board of the Journal of Accounting and Economics and is an editor of The Accounting Review. He holds a BS from the University of Virginia, MPA from the University of Texas at Austin, and PhD from Stanford University.

Academic Degrees

  • PhD in Accounting, Stanford Graduate School of Business, 2008
  • MPA in Accounting, The University of Texas at Austin, 2000
  • BS in Commerce, University of Virginia, 1999

Professional Experience

  • Staff Accountant, KPMG LLP


Journal Articles

Working Papers

Stanford GSB Affiliations

Service to the Profession

  • Editorial board of the Journal of Accounting and Economics
  • Editor of The Accounting Review

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