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Robert Lee, PhD, CPA, CMA Associate Professor of Accounting

Robert Lee, PhD, CPA, CMA

Associate Professor of Accounting
Department Chair of Accounting‚ Finance‚ and Real Estate
Graziadio Business School


Dr. Robert Lee is an associate professor of accounting at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. Prior to his doctoral studies, Dr. Lee worked as a senior auditor in public accounting. He holds a PhD from Drexel University, a Master in Accountancy degree from Villanova University, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics and Mathematics from University of Michigan. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and certified management accountant (CMA).

He has a deep passion for teaching and inspiring students to understand accounting and applying it to the workplace. He currently teaches in the MBA, MS in Applied Finance, MS in Global Business, MS in Real Estate, and online programs at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School. In 2016, Dr. Lee received the Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence. While at Drexel University, he received the PhD Instructor Award and Teaching Assistant Award.

His research focuses on examining the judgment and decision making process in accounting and auditing contexts. His dissertation was awarded the doctoral student grant from the IMA Research Foundation. In 2015, he received the Rothschild Research Fellow and was awarded a Julian Virtue Scholarship in 2013-14 and 2017-19. Dr. Lee has published in various accounting journals, such as Journal of Business Ethics, Advances in Taxation, Managerial Auditing Journal, Strategic Finance, Management Accounting Quarterly and others.

He is a member of the American Accounting Association, Institute of Management Accountants, American Institute of CPAs, and Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society.


  • Drexel University: Doctor of Philosophy in Business Administration (Accounting)
  • Villanova University: Masters of Accountancy and Consultancy

  • University of Michigan: B.A. Economics and Mathematics