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

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

Wall, J. and Gissel, J. (forthcoming 2019). Board of Directors' Sanction Judgments: The Effect of Situational Factors. Journal of Managerial Issues.

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. Online at:

Crumbley, L., Wall, J., Kilbourne, L., Blair, C. (2018). Cryptocurrencies are Taxable and Not Free from Fraud. Tax Notes. January 8: 161-169.

Shields, J., Rivera, J., and Wall, J. (2017). Building a Business Model for Funding Undergraduate Research. Scholarship and Practice of Undergraduate Research. 1(1): 63-69.

Wall, J. and Fogarty, T. (2016). Foxes in the henhouse: an exploratory inquiry into financial markets fraud. Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting 8(1): 120-139.

Under Review

Ling, Q. and Wall, J. Lowering standards: unintended consequences of 990-N and value congruence on cost shifting.

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., Smalls, T., Wall, J., and Wilson, A. The Effect of Organization Type and Size on Fraud Reporting: Non-Profit Fraud Type Opens Opportunities.

Scheetz, A., Smalls, T., Wall, J., and Wilson, A. COSO Matters: Internal Control Perception Mediates Whistleblowing. Wall, J., and Fogarty, T. Robbing the Rich? “Robin Hood” Fraud in the Securities Markets.

Honors and Awards

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

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

American Accounting Association Doctoral Consortium Fellow (2013).

Beta Gamma Sigma (2007, 2015).


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