Dr. Daniel Cohen

Professor of Accounting

Ashbel Smith Professor

Cohen’s research focuses on financial reporting and disclosure, discretionary accounting choices, corporate governance and analyst earnings forecasts. Some of his current projects involve investigating the determinants and consequences of financial reporting and the effects of regulation on corporate governance.

He teaches courses in financial accounting and financial statement analysis, as well as PhD seminars. Recently, Cohen became the accounting area PhD coordinator in the Naveen Jindal School of Management.

“Guiding and interacting with our PhD students is one of the most rewarding and interesting parts of my work,” Cohen said.

Cohen is an associate editor for the Journal of Accounting and Economics and serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Contemporary Accounting Research, The Accounting Review and The International Journal of Accounting. In addition, he is a member of the Hong Kong Research Council Grants business panel.

Cohen joined UT Dallas as an associate professor of accounting in 2010 and became a full professor in 2013.

“Receiving the Ashbel Smith Professorship is my biggest achievement to date since I got my PhD degree in 2004,” Cohen said.

Before joining the University, Cohen was an assistant professor of accounting at the New York University Stern School of Business and a visiting assistant professor of accounting at the University of Pennsylvania Wharton School of Business.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics and statistics and an MBA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He received a PhD in accounting from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University in 2004.

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Dr. Daniel Cohen

Naveen Jindal School of Management


The University of Texas System supports the professorship.


Cohen’s work, especially his research on the consequences of Sarbanes-Oxley regulations, has had a significant impact on the accounting profession. He ranks among the top 300 authors in the Social Science Research Network’s list of the Top 12,000 Business Authors.


“I am unabashedly honored to receive the recognition imparted by this investiture. I am proud to be a part of the Naveen Jindal School of Management and UT Dallas, as they continue to raise the bar in education and research in accounting. I am fortunate to be in the company of so many prestigious colleagues who do not hesitate to reward merit, and who possess a degree of integrity and candor unknown to others. I look forward to continuing my work here for the many, many years to come.”