Lauren (Dreher) Cunningham

Department: Accounting & Information Management, Neel Corporate Governance Center

Title: Assistant Professor, Director of Research Neel Corporate Governance Center, Nancy and David McKinney Faculty Research Fellow


2005-Drury University, B.A. Accounting

2014-University of Arkansas, Ph.D. Business Administration


603 Stokely Management Center

Lauren (Dreher) Cunningham joined UT’s Department of Accounting and Information Management after receiving her Ph.D. in accounting from the University of Arkansas. Lauren serves as the Director of Research for the C. Warren Neel Corporate Governance Center and the coordinator of the Neel CGC Distinguished Speaker Series, which hosts corporate executives, board members, regulators, and other industry leaders. Her research interests include audit, corporate governance, and the SEC filing review process (comment letters). Lauren’s research has been published in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting ResearchReview of Accounting Studies, and Accounting Horizons and presented at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission’s Division of Economic and Risk Analysis as well as conferences internationally. Her research has been featured in Accounting Today and in Agenda, the Financial Times’ corporate governance service.  Lauren serves as the audit curriculum coordinator and has taught auditing to both undergraduate and graduate students. Her teaching cases are published in Current Issues in Auditing and Issues in Accounting Education. Her innovative data visualization audit case is the recipient of the 2019 Best Paper Award in Issues in Accounting Education. Prior to obtaining her Ph.D., Lauren worked as an audit manager with Grant Thornton, LLP in Dallas, specializing in the real estate and technology industries. She earned her undergraduate degree in accounting from Drury University in Springfield, Missouri, and is a licensed Certified Public Accountant in Texas.