Mendoza School of Business

John Donovan

Assistant Professor
  388 Mendoza College of Business
  • Biography
  • Background
  • Publications

John Donovan is an Assistant Professor of Accountancy and the PwC Faculty Fellow. John researches financial accounting, focusing on the use of accounting and financial reporting in debt and equity markets. He has taught Measurement & Disclosure I and Data Analytics in Accounting in the Mendoza College of Business. Prior to joining the faculty, John worked as a certified public accountant at PwC and he received his Ph.D. from Washington University in St. Louis and his M.S.A. and B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame.

Ph D, Washington University in St. Louis, Olin Business School
MS, University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business
BBA, University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business

Areas of Expertise
Financial Accounting

"Private lenders' use of analyst earnings forecasts when establishing debt covenant thresholds", (With Andrew Call, Jared Jennings), The Accounting Review - Accepted (awaiting publication)

"Measuring credit risk using qualitative disclosure", (With Jared Jennings, Kevin Koharki, Joshua Lee), Review of Accounting Studies, 26, 2021

"Income Smoothing and the Usefulness of Earnings for Monitoring in Debt Contracting", (With Peter Demerjian, Melissa Lewis-Western), Contemporary Accounting Research, 37, 2020

"Assessing the Accuracy of Forward-Looking Information in Debt Contract Negotiations", (With Peter Demerjian, Jared Jennings), Journal of Management Accounting Research, 32, 2020

"Fair Value Accounting and Debt Contracting: Evidence from Adoption of SFAS 159", (With Peter Demerjian, Chad Larson), Journal of Accounting Research, 54, 2016

"Accounting Conservatism and Creditor Recovery Rate", (With Richard Frankel, Xiumin Martin), The Accounting Review, 90, 2015

"Issues raised by studying DeFond and Zhang: What should audit researchers do?", (With Richard Frankel, Joshua Lee, Xiumin Martin, Hojun Seo), Journal of Accounting and Economics, 58, 2014