Lei Gao, Ph.D.

Lei Gao, Ph.D.
Title: Assistant Professor
Dept/Program: GW Daverio School of Accountancy
Email: lgao@uakron.edu


  • Ph.D, Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Masters of Accounting and Information Systems, Virginia Tech
  • Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, Tianjin University of Commerce

Professional & Academic Experience

Academic Experience

  • 2017 – Present, Assistant Professor, School of Accountancy, The university of Akron.
  • 2013 – 2017, Graduate Research Assistant, Department of Accounting, Virginia Commonwealth University.
  • 2011 – 2012, Graduate Teaching Assistant, Department of Accounting and Information Systems, Virginia Tech.

Professional Experience

  • 2009 – 2010, Accountant, Wilmar International Limited, Tianjin, China.


Research Subject Areas

  • Judgment and decision making in managerial accounting and financial accounting.
  • Ethics and fraud.
  • The role of technology in accounting information disclosure.


  • "Whistleblowing Studies in Accounting Research: A Review of Experimental Studies on the Determinants of Whistleblowing" (with Alisa Brink) Journal of accounting Literature, 2017 38:1–13


  • Graduate Dean's Scholar Award, Virginia Commonwealth University, May 2017
  • AAA Deloitte J. Michael Cook Doctoral Consortium Fellow, June 2016
  • Doctoral Teaching Excellence Award, Virginia Commonwealth University, September 2016