- Ph.D. (Accounting), University of Alabama
- MAcc, Auburn University
- BSBA (Accounting), Auburn University
- governmental accounting & reporting
- nonprofit accounting & reporting
- municipal bond markets
- financial accounting
Dr. Beck’s research focuses on accounting and reporting in governmental and nonprofit organizations. Specifically, she examines the factors that influence governmental and nonprofit accounting choices and reporting quality, and how accounting information affects these organizations’ costs of debt. Her dissertation investigates municipalities’ use of accounting discretion prior to bond issuance and was published in Review of Accounting Studies. Her research has also been published in Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory and Research in Accounting Regulation. Dr. Beck began her career in the banking industry as a financial data analyst. She then earned her Ph.D. in accounting at the University of Alabama and spent two years as a member of the accounting faculty at Georgetown University before joining the faculty at Georgia State University. She is a member of the Audit Committee for the City of Atlanta.
Outside of the office, Dr. Beck’s hobbies include exercising, traveling, and taking advantage of Atlanta’s many parks, festivals, and restaurants. Most of all, she enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, and dog, Mason.