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Deborah is a postdoctoral research fellow at the Alberta School of Business. She received her doctorate from Saïd Business School, University of Oxford. She was a CCC Visiting Scholar at Rotman School of Management, University of Toronto. Deborah spent the 2018-2019 academic year as a visiting scholar at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania.

Deborah is the Treasurer of the OMT Division of the Academy of Management. 


She uses qualitative methods (including ethnography, interviews, and historical case studies) to study how experts structure regulatory certainty in times of crisis as well as the implications of technological change and innovation on knowledge work. Her doctoral work is primarily grounded in the accounting context.  

Her studies were funded by the Clarendon, Sloane Robinson Foundation and Saïd Foundation Scholarships. Her research has been supported by a variety of sources, including the 2014 Margit F. and Hanns Martin Schoenfeld research grant from the Academy of Accounting Historians, the Mack Institute for Innovation Management, The University of Pennsylvania, and the Saïd Foundation.

Prior to starting her doctorate at Saïd Business School, she earned a BA in Philosophy (summa cum laude), a BS in Accounting (summa cum laude), and a Master of Tax Accounting (summa cum laude) from the University of Alabama. She is a CPA in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (active), a member of the Academy of Accounting Historians, the American Accounting Association, the Academy of Management and the European Group for Organizational Studies.


Her professional experience includes working in the private equity tax group of PwC in Boston, MA. While on foster leave in 2020-2021, she served as the Data Product Manager for Finance at Regions Financial. In this role, she reported directly to the CDO and worked closely with the CFO and his directs to identify areas in need of innovation within the finance division. She lead a cross-functional team of data scientists, data engineers, and data visualization designers to create bespoke strategic tools and generate insights using AI, Machine Learning, and Big Data. 

While at Oxford, Deborah actively participated in the wider university and academic communities - serving as the Chair of Social Media of the OMT Division of Academy of Management, Treasurer of the Clarendon Council, Doctoral Committee Representative, Athena Swan Gender Charter Doctoral Representative, and founding CFO of the Global Scholars Board

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