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Joseph  Wall
Joseph WallMarquette University

Straz Hall, 318

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-7245
Curriculum Vitae

Assistant Professor of Accounting

Dr. Wall joined Marquette University in 2015. He earned his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, his MBA from Marquette University, and his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Purdue University. Prior to joining Marquette, Dr. Wall worked for seven years as an assistant professor at Carthage College, serving four years as a department chair.

His current research interest involves financial injustice and tends to focus in the areas of regulation, fraudulent behavior, and cyber-strategy. Much of his work seeks to design thriving financial systems by better understanding the unintended consequences rules and regulations may have. Since 1993 he has been a full-time financial analyst and professional investor. He is a managing member and the co-founder of his securities investment firm, which has been in business since 1998, and specializes in risk arbitrage transactions. He speaks and consults frequently in areas involving blockchain technologies, financial forensic investigation, and private company valuations.


  • Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University (2015)
  • M.B.A., Marquette University (2006)
  • B.S., Purdue University (1993)

Professional Interests

  • Arbitrage
  • Behavioral, Experimental, Linguistic (Archival) research: Accounting
  • Financial Cyber-Strategy
  • Forensic accounting
  • Fraud

Selected Publications

Wall, J., Gissel, J., and Fogarty, T. (forthcoming). Why punishment does not fit the crime: Experimental evidence that situational circumstances crowd out damage done. Journal of Forensic Accounting Research.

Scheetz, A., Smalls, T., Wall, J., and Wilson, A. (forthcoming). Do employee fraud reporting intentions differ between for-profit and nonprofit organizations? Journal of Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting.

Ling, Q. and Wall, J. (forthcoming December 2020). Lowering standards: unintended consequences of 990-N and value congruence on cost shifting. Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting.

Scheetz, A. and Wall, J (2019) Making Crime Pay: Timing of External Whistleblowing. Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting. 22: 1-30.

Wall, J. and Gissel, J. (2019). Board of Directors' Sanction Judgments: The Effect of Situational Factors. Journal of Managerial Issues. 31(1): 85-112.

Suh, I., Sweeney, J., Linke, K., and Wall, J. (2018). Boiling the Frog Slowly: The Immersion of C-Suite Financial Executives into Fraud.  Journal of Business Ethics. Published online 2018. 1-29. Print: 2020, 162: 645-673.

Under Review

Gissel, J. and Wall, J. The Slippery Slope of Fraud: A Special Case of Motivation Crowding.

Holderness, K., Scheetz, A., and Wall, J. Outsiders Looking in: Do Non-Permanent Workers Whistleblow?

Rich, K., Roberts, B., Wall, J., and Zhang, J. Toward an Understanding of Year-over-Year Changes in Municipal Management Discussion and Analysis Disclosures.

Scheetz, A., Wall, J., and Wilson, A. How Stock Options Influence People to Whistleblow.

Scheetz, A., Wall, J., and Wilson, A. COSO Matters: Internal Control Perception Mediates Whistleblow.

Honors and Awards

(2020) Brennan Master Teaching Award. Marquette University College of Business.

(2020) Best paper award. “Outsiders looking in: Do non-permanent workers whistleblow?”. AAA Forensic Accounting Section Annual Meeting.

(2020) Best paper award. “How Stock Options Influence People to Whistleblow”. AAA Public Interest Section, Best Quantitative Paper Overall.

(2020) Best paper award. “How Stock Options Influence People to Whistleblow”. AAA Public Interest Section, Forensic subsection.

(2019) Best paper award. “Lowering Standards: Unintended Consequences of 990-N and Value Congruence on Cost Shifting”. AAA Government and Nonprofit Accounting Annual Meeting.

(2019) Best paper award. “Crowding out Best Practice: Circumstances Matter More Than Rules”. AAA Forensic Accounting Section Midyear.

(2016) Glen McLaughlin Prize for Research in Accounting Ethics, John T. Steed School of Accounting at the University of Oklahoma.

(2013) American Accounting Association Doctoral Consortium Fellow.


2018: Ow, T. and Wall, J. Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Ledger Technologies (Blockchain). PwC INQuires. (funded).

2018: Scheetz, A., Wall, J., and Wilson, A. The option to commit fraud? Institute of Management Accountants (funded).

2017: Scheetz, A., Wall, J., Wilson, A. Non-profit versus For-profit fraud. Radford University Research Award (funded).

2010: Cyr, A. and Wall, J. The market for insurance majors: an exploratory analysis of local stakeholders. Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges (funded).

Personal Interests

  • Blockchain Technologies
  • Classic literature
  • Education efficacy
  • Hiking
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra