Kara Obermire

Assistant Professor
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Kara Obermire is an assistant professor of accounting at the Oregon State University College of Business.

Prof. Obermire completed a Ph.D. in accounting at the University of Wisconsin’s School of Business in 2016. Prior to her doctoral studies, she was a Senior Associate at Deloitte and primarily worked on public clients in the financial services industry. Professor Obermire was also an adjunct instructor and lecturer at the University of Montana and The Ohio State University. She remains a licensed CPA in the state of Washington.

Prof. Obermire’s research focuses on the monitoring of financial reporting by auditors and audit committees. Her work addresses audit committee effectiveness, audit quality, auditor independence, and geographically distributed audit engagement teams. 


“Realigning Auditors’ Accountability: Experimental Evidence” with Patrick Hurley and Brian Mayhew. 2019. Published in The Accounting Review. 94 (3), 233-250.

Accepted Papers:

“Performance on Within-office Distributed Audit Teams: The Roles of Communication, Shared Context, and Accountability” with Denise Hanes Downey and Karla Zehms. Accepted for publication at Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory

Working Papers:

“Audit Committee Members' Social Identities: Evidence from the Field" with Jeff Cohen and Karla Zehms. Preparing for fourth round review at Accounting, Organizations and Society.  

“The Effect of Social Identity on the Financial Reporting Aggressiveness of Former Auditors" with Eric Condie, Timothy Seidel, and Michael Wilkins. Preparing for second round review at Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory.

“Expanding the Theory of the Demand for Audit Quality” with Patrick Hurley, Brian Mayhew, and Amy Tegeler. Under first round review at Contemporary Accounting Research

“Audit Committee Members' Social Identities and Corporate Governance Roles: Evidence from IPOs."   

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