Megan F. Hess Associate Professor of Accounting

Megan F. Hess

Holekamp 214
Curriculum Vitae

Professor Hess joined the Williams School of Commerce, Economics, and Politics at Washington and Lee University after completing her doctorate in business administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business at the University of Virginia in 2013. She teaches a variety of courses in the areas of accounting, ethics, and corporate sustainability. Prior to starting her doctoral studies, she spent twelve years in industry, most recently with Deloitte where she investigated financial statement fraud. She also has an MBA from Texas A&M University and a BA from Washington and Lee University.

Professor Hess’ research focuses on the intersection of ethics and accounting, exploring topics such as fraud risk management, ethical leadership, whistle-blowing, and sustainability accounting. She has presented her work at numerous conferences, published in both management and accounting journals, and written award-winning teaching cases.


Ph.D. Business Administration, University of Virginia (2013)

M.B.A. Texas A&M University (2003)

B.A. Washington and Lee University (1997)


Ethical decision making, ethical leadership, social networks, financial statement fraud, stakeholder theory, sustainability accounting, and professional skepticism

If you work in corporate ethics or compliance and want to participate in Dr. Hess’ study of the social networks of corporate ethics and compliance officers, click here.

If you work in public accounting and want to participate in Dr. Hess’ study of professional skepticism, click here.


ACCT 100 Introduction to Accounting

ACCT 303 Sustainability Accounting

ACCT 304 Anatomy of a Fraud (Forensic Accounting)

ACCT 360 Auditing