Christopher Yust

Associate Professor
Deloitte Foundation Leadership Professorship
James Benjamin Department of Accounting


Dr. Yust is currently an associate professor in the James Benjamin Department of Accounting in the Mays Business School at Texas A&M University. Dr. Yust holds the Deloitte Foundation Leadership Professorship, and he primarily teaches and conducts research in the financial accounting area.

Dr. Yust’s primary research interests are related to understanding the intersection of law and accounting (e.g., securities and derivative litigation, fraud, misreporting, and corporate governance) and the behavior of banks and their financial reporting (e.g., fair value accounting, bank lending and risk, internal controls, and governance). His research has been published in leading scholarly journals across academic disciplines, such as The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of Risk and Insurance, Journal of Corporate Finance, and Journal of Banking & Finance.

Dr. Yust’s teaching style emphasizes the importance of critical thinking and real-world application. He has taught financial accounting to students at numerous levels: intro (lower-level undergraduate), intermediate (upper-level undergraduate), and advanced (masters), as well as a capital markets accounting seminar (doctoral). He is the recipient of the Fred Moore Assistant Instructor Teaching Excellence award (2014), the Ernst & Young Faculty Excellence award (2018), and the Montague-Center for Teaching Excellence Scholar award (2019).

Dr. Yust received a Ph.D. in Accounting from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to pursuing his doctorate, he worked as a Senior Associate at PricewaterhouseCoopers in their Transaction Services group in New York City and as a postgraduate technical assistant at the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) in Norwalk, Connecticut. He also has audit experience in both Dallas, TX and New York, New York. He received a Master of Science in Finance, a Bachelor of Business Administration in Accounting, and a Minor in Psychology from Texas A&M University. He has a CPA license registered in the state of Texas.

In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his beloved wife, precious (and precocious) daughter, and two rescue dogs.

Research Publications

  1. “Are All Activists Created Equal? The Effect of Interventions by Hedge Funds and Other Private Activists on Long-term Shareholder Value” with Edward P. Swanson and Glen M. Young. Journal of Corporate Finance, forthcoming.
  2. “Litigation Risk and the Independent Director Labor Market” with Dain Donelson and Elizabeth Tori. Contemporary Accounting Researchforthcoming.
  3. “Spillover Effects in Disclosure-Related Securities Litigation” with Dain Donelson and Rachel Flam. The Accounting Review, forthcoming.
  4. “Does Media Coverage Cause Meritorious Shareholder Litigation? Evidence from the Stock Option Backdating Scandal” with Dain Donelson and Antonis Kartapanis. Journal of Law & Economicsforthcoming.
  5. “Is Tax Aggressiveness Associated with Tax Litigation Risk? Evidence from D&O Insurance” with Dain Donelson and Jennifer Glenn. Review of Accounting Studies, forthcoming.
  6. “U.S. Evidence from D&O Insurance on Agency Costs: Implications for Country-Specific Studies” with Dain Donelson and Brian Monsen. Journal of Financial Reporting, forthcoming.
  7. “Measuring Accounting Fraud and Irregularities Using Public and Private Enforcement” with Dain Donelson, Antonis Kartapanis, and John McInnis. The Accounting Review, Vol 96 (6), pp. 183-213, November 2021.
  8. “Internal Control Quality and Bank Risk-Taking and Performance” with Matthew Baugh and Matthew Ege. AUDITING: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Vol. 40 (2), pp. 49-84, May 2021.
  9. “Insurers and Lenders as Monitors during Securities Litigation: Evidence from D&O Insurance Premiums, Interest Rates and Litigation Costs” with Dain Donelson. Journal of Risk and Insurance, Vol. 86 (3), pp. 663–696, September 2019.
  10. “Tainted Portfolios: How Impairment Accounting Rules Restrict Security Sales” with Brett Cantrell. Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Vol. 46 (5-6), pp. 608–635, June 2019.
  11. “Déjà vu: The Effect of Executives and Directors with Prior Banking Crisis Experience on Bank Outcomes around the Global Financial Crisis” with Anwer Ahmed, Brant Christensen, and Adam Olson. Contemporary Accounting Research, 36 (2), pp. 958–998, Summer 2019.
  12. “Does Fair Value Accounting Provide More Useful Financial Statements than Current GAAP for Banks?” with John McInnis and Yong Yu. The Accounting Review, Vol. 93 (6) pp. 257–279, November 2018.
  13. “The Cost of Disclosure Regulation: Evidence from D&O Insurance and Non-Meritorious Securities Litigation” with Dain Donelson and Justin Hopkins. Review of Accounting Studies, Vol. 23 (2), pp. 528–588, June 2018.
  14. “The Relation between Religiosity and Private Banks” with Brett Cantrell. Journal of Banking & Finance, Vol. 91 (1), pp. 86–105, June 2018.
  15. “The Role of D&O Insurance in Securities Fraud Class Action Settlements” with Dain Donelson and Justin Hopkins. Journal of Law & Economics, Vol. 58 (4), pp 747–778, November 2015 (lead article).
  16. “Litigation Risk and Agency Costs: Evidence from Nevada Corporate Law” with Dain Donelson. Journal of Law & Economics, Vol. 57 (3), pp 747–780, August 2014.
  17. “Predicting Credit Losses: Loan Fair Values Versus Historical Costs” with Brett Cantrell and John McInnis. The Accounting Review, Vol. 89 (1), pp 147–176, January 2014.