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Abigail Awad

Assistant Professor

Department of Accounting


Building & Room:

University Hall 2322


601 S. Morgan St., Chicago, IL 60607

Office Phone:

(312) 996-4636

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  • Assistant Professor, University of Illinois at Chicago, College of Business, 2018 - Present
  • Graduate Assistant, Texas A&M University, Mays Business School, 2013 - 2018

Classes Taught

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting
  • Introduction to Managerial Accounting

Notable Honors

Award, Outstanding Research by a Doctoral Student, Texas A&M University

Award, FARS Excellence in Reviewing, American Accounting Association

Fellow, Doctoral Consortium Fellow, J. Michael Cook

Award, Outstanding Teaching by a Doctoral Student, Texas A&M University


PhD in Accounting, Texas A&M University, 2018
MS in Accountancy, DePaul University, 2013
BS in Hotel Administration, Cornell University, 2012

Research Currently in Progress

Research Interests

I focus on financial archival topics in corporate governance with emphasis on the role of boards of directors and institutional investors in the promotion and implementation of corporate governance.

  • Needles, Abigail M.  2017. “Evidence on Boutique Institutional Investors' Governance Role and Investment Strategy Performance.”
  • McMartin, Andrew S., and Abigail M. Needles. 2017. “Does Governance Regulation Curb Financial Misreporting? Evidence from Accounting Misstatements Following Board Independence Listing Requirements.”
  • Badolato, Patrick, Dain C. Donelson, Matthew Ege, and Abigail M. Needles. 2017. “How do Accountants Obtain Fortune 1000 Audit Committee Positions?”
  • Ahmed, Anwer, Andrew S. McMartin, Abigail M. Needles, and Adrienne C. Rhodes. 2017. “Board Heterogeneity and Investment Efficiency.”