Brian Bratten PhD, CPA
Director and Gatton Chaired Professor
Brian Bratten is the Carol Martin Gatton Chaired Professor of Accountancy at the University of Kentucky. Professor Bratten joined UK in 2009 after receiving a PhD in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. He also holds a BBA in Accounting and an MS in Finance from Texas A&M University, and is a CPA. Prior to his doctoral studies, he was a Senior Associate at KPMG LLP auditing companies primarily in the financial services industry. He was a Visiting Scholar at Indiana University in 2018.
Professor Bratten has published research in a variety of top accounting journals including The Accounting Review, Accounting, Organizations & Society, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Contemporary Accounting Research, and Review of Accounting Studies. His research focuses on financial accounting and auditing topics, including analysts' forecasts, earnings management, executive compensation, fair value accounting, fundamental analysis, and the information content of GAAP and non-GAAP disclosures. He is the recipient of several best paper awards, and was awarded the inaugural Gatton College Research Excellence Award for Productivity. He also serves on editorial boards and as an ad hoc reviewer for several leading accounting journals.
Professor Bratten teaches financial accounting courses and a doctoral research seminar. He was previously the Director of Graduate Studies for the PhD program in Accounting and currently serves as the Director for the Von Allmen School of Accountancy.