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Faculty | Thomas D. Fields | WashU Olin Business School
Thomas D. Fields

Senior Lecturer in Accounting

Area of Expertise:

Accounting, Financial Reporting, Managerial Accounting

Research Interests:

Accounting - Financial Reporting

Selected Publications:

  • "Empirical Research on Accounting Choice", Journal of Accounting & Economics, with T. Lys, L. Vincent, 2001
  • "An Empirical Evaluation of the Usefulness of Non-GAAP Accounting Measures in the Real Estate Investment Trust Industry", Review of Accounting Studies, with S. Rangan, R. Thiagarajan, 1998
  • "Voting Rules for the FASB", Journal of Accounting Auditing & Finance, with R. King, 1996

Academic/Professional Activities:

  • Member,  American Institute of Certified Public Accountants; American Accounting Association


  • University Scholar, Northwestern University Graduate School, 1999
  • Doctoral Dissertation Award in Business, State Farm Companies Foundation, 1998
  • Coopers & Lybrand Fellow, 1996-97 and 1997-98, Coopers & Lybrand
  • Reid Teaching Award, 2011, 2009, Washington University

Personal Interests:

Professor Fields enjoys fatherhood, bicycling, and science fiction
Thomas D. Fields

Professor Fields joined the Olin faculty in 2006. Prior to that, he taught at the Kellogg Graduate School of Management (Northwestern University), Harvard Business School, and the Johnson Graduate School of Management (Cornell University). Before returning to graduate school, Tom worked as a C.P.A. for Price Waterhouse in St. Louis, performing audit services for a range of clients including Anheuser Busch, Union Electric (now Ameren Corporation), SSM Health Care, and a number of small manufacturers and non-profit organizations. Professor Fields' research interests involve the role of accounting information in contracting---particularly in the setting of accounting-based covenants in debt contracts.

Phone: (314) 935-6113

PhD 2004, Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management
MS 1997, Northwestern University, Kellogg Graduate School of Management
BA 1991, Washington University Olin Business School
BBA 1991, Washington University, Olin Business School