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Kwangjin (KJ) Lee Assistant Professor of Accounting

Kwangjin (KJ) Lee, PhD

Assistant Professor of Accounting
Graziadio Business School


Kwangjin (KJ) Lee is an assistant professor of accounting at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. His research focuses on disclosure, information intermediaries, non-financial information, and social media. His dissertation won the Lazaridis Institute Prize: "Best Paper on Accounting Issues Affecting High-Growth Technology Firms." It was published through Canadian Academic Accounting Association.

He has a deep passion for teaching and educating the best for the world leaders by creating transformative learning experiences. His teaching interests include Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting.

He is an honorably discharged veteran (E-5, Sergeant) and received two Army Achievement Medals (AAMs). He also worked at PwC as an internship of external auditor in Seoul, South Korea.

His hobbies include marathon, triathlon, photography, coffee, and cooking. He is a supporter of CureSMA, Association to Benefit Children, and World Vision.


  • PhD, Michigan State University, 2018

  • MS, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2012
    Economics and Management

  • Diploma, London School of Economics and Political Science, 2011
    Economics (with Merit)

  • BS, Seoul National University, 2009

  • Business Administration (Summa Cum Laude)


"Who Classifies Interest Payments as Financing Activities? An Analysis of Classification Shifting in the Statement of Cash Flows at the Adoption of IFRS." (with B. Baik, H. Cho, and W. Choi). Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, 35(4), 331-351.


AAA New Faculty Consortium Fellow 2019

The Lazaridis Institute Prize for Best Paper on Accounting Issues Affecting High-Growth Technology Firms, Canadian Academic Accounting Association 2018

Graduate School Writing Fellow Fellowship, Michigan State University 2016-2018

PhD Student Excellence in Teaching, Michigan State University 2016

AAA FARS Doctoral Consortium Fellow 2015

AEJMC Annual Meeting, Communication Technology Division, Best Student Paper Award 2015

Doctoral Fellowship, Michigan State University 2012-2018

Maryls and Jack Gray Doctoral Fellowship, Michigan State University 2012

Master's Degree Fellowship, Samsung Scholarship 2010-2012

Best Learner Award, Seoul National University 2010

Undergraduate Fellowship, Doosan Yonkang Foundation 2004-2009


Most Valuable Participant Award, Samsung Scholars Academic Camp (Twice) 2012, 2016

Distinguished Reserved Armed Forces Trainee Award 2011

Red Cross Silver Medal 2009

Army Achievement Medal (Twice) 2005, 2006


  • Disclosure
  • Information Intermediaries
  • Non-financial Information
  • Social Media


  • ACCT 591 Financial Accounting
  • ACCT 652 Accounting for Information and Control Systems