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

Robert Lee, PhD, CPA, CMA

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


Dr. Robert Lee is an associate professor of accounting and department chair for Accounting, Finance, and Real Estate at the Pepperdine Graziadio Business School.  He earned his PhD in accounting from Drexel University, a master in accountancy degree from Villanova University and a bachelor of arts degree in economics and mathematics from the University of Michigan. He is a certified public accountant (CPA) and certified management accountant (CMA).  He has worked for companies such as PwC, KPMG, Conversant, and Thomson Company and currently provides consulting services to companies in the Los Angeles area.   

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. Dr. Lee has won various teaching awards, such as the Pepperdine Graziadio Transformation Teaching Award, Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence, 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 the 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