2016 Conference of the Public Interest Section and Doctoral/Early Scholar Consortium


Audrey Gramling
AAA Council Chair, Colorado State University

Audrey Gramling is the Council Chair (2015–16) at the American Accounting Association. In July 2014, she began serving as the Accounting Department Chair and Professor at Colorado State University. Previously, she held the Treece Endowed Chair and was Accounting Department Professor and Chair at Bellarmine University and has been on the accounting faculty at Kennesaw State University, Georgia State University, Wake Forest University, and University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign. Gramling’s research investigates both internal and external auditing issues, with a focus on decision behavior of auditors, external auditor independence, internal control reporting, and other factors affecting the market for audit and assurance services. Prior to earning her Ph.D. at The University of Arizona, Gramling worked as an external auditor at a predecessor firm of Deloitte and as an internal auditor at Georgia Institute of Technology. She has also served a one year appointment as an Academic Accounting Fellow in the Office of the Chief Accountant at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. She is the past-President of the Auditing Section of the American Accounting Association and has served in an advisory role to the Committee of Sponsoring Organizations (COSO).


Edward D. Kleinbard
Professor of Law and Business, University of Southern California's Gould School of Law

Edward D. Kleinbard is The Ivadelle and Theodore Johnson Professor of Law and Business at the University of Southern California's Gould School of Law, and a Fellow at The Century Foundation.  He is the author of a book, We Are Better Than That: How Government Should Spend Our Moneypublished in October 2014 by Oxford U. Press. In reviewing the book, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist David Cay Johnston described it as “a masterpiece of tax, fiscal, and economic policy.” 

Professor Kleinbard joined USC Law in 2009.  Before joining USC Law, Professor Kleinbard served as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Congress’s Joint Committee on Taxation. The JCT Staff are the nonpartisan tax resource to Congress, helping legislators to formulate legislation, writing analyses of legislative proposals or tax issues of interest to the Congress, and estimating the revenue consequences of legislative proposals.

Professor Kleinbard's work focuses on political economy issues (in particular, the intersection of fiscal policy and national values), international corporate tax issues, and the taxation of capital income. Professor Kleinbard’s  recent papers include Why Corporate Tax Reform Can Happen (Tax Notes), Competitiveness Has Nothing to Do With It (Tax Notes), Stateless Income (Florida Tax Review), The Lessons of Stateless Income (Tax Law Review), Through a Latte Darkly: Starbucks's Stateless Income Planning (Tax Notes), The Better Base Case (Tax Notes), Herman Cain's 9-9-9 Plan (Tax Notes), and Tax Expenditure Framework Legislation (National Tax Journal).  Professor Kleinbard has testified before the Congress on tax policy matters, and has written opinion pieces for the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Huffington Post,, and other media outlets. 

Prior to his appointment to the Staff of the Joint Committee on Taxation, Kleinbard was for over 20 years a partner in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP. Professor Kleinbard received his J.D. from Yale Law School, and his M.A. in History and  B.A. in Medieval and Renaissance Studies from Brown University. 


Michael Kraten
Associate Professor, Providence College

Michael Kraten, PhD, CPA is an Associate Professor of Accountancy at Providence College. His research and teaching specialties focus on social and behavioral accounting issues that impact the public interest.

He has won the Innovation In Teaching Award at the AAA Annual Symposium on Ethics Research in Accounting and the Best Research Paper award at the AAA Annual Workshop of the Strategic and Emerging Technologies (SET) Section. Last year, Michael won the Teaching Innovation Award of the Providence College School of Business. And in 2012, he delivered a lunch address at the 2013 Midyear Meeting of the Public Interest Section in regards to a Libor analysis that he and his co-authors published in The Journal of Banking and Finance.

Michael’s sustainability case Save The Blue Frog provided the content of his SET Workshop award. He is a member of CIMA’s Research Advisory Group, a member of the NYSSCPA Sustainability Committee, and the co-founder of the RISCPA’s Sustainable Value Committee.

He will be speaking at a pair of sessions at the Sustainability Investment Leadership Council’s (SILC) 2016 conference “Measuring the Future of Sustainability.” The SILC is a partnership of the New York Hedge Fund Roundtable and the NYSSCPA.

Michael has earned a PhD in Accounting from the University of Connecticut, an MPPM in public and private management from Yale University, and a BBA in public accounting from Providence College. Prior to entering academia, he was a management consulting partner at BDO Seidman, LLP in New York City.


Richard Kravitz
Editor in Chief, CPA Journal
Managing Director of Publishing and Content, NY State Society of CPAs

Richard H. Kravitz is currently Editor In Chief of the CPA Journal and Managing Director of Publishing and Content for the NY State Society of CPA’s.

He is former Executive Vice President of Wolters Kluwer Law and Business [Kluwer Law International, The Hague], [Aspen Legal Education, Cambridge], Senior Vice President and Group Publisher of Aspen Publishers, and former President of Panel Publishers/Wolters Kluwer. 

He is a former member of the Board of Editors/contributor to the Financial Fraud Law Report [Lexis]. He is a recipient of the New York State Society of CPAs Max Block Distinguished Article Award, winner of Eddie and Ozzie Editorial and Design Awards, first place recipient of the Literary Marketplace Award and recent finalist in the 2015 FOLIO Magazine Awards for ‘excellence in journalism’ at the CPA Journal. 

Rick is a CPA with an MBA from NYU-Stern [honors].  He is a member of the AICPA, NYSSCPA, and the American Accounting Association. He is a Fellow of the American Board of Forensic Accounting and the American Society of Pension Professionals and Actuaries. He holds a Coast Guard Captain’s license and is a member of the US Coast Guard Auxiliary. At Deloitte Touche, he was a staff auditor.

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