Joanne Williams

Professor Emeritus

Academic Division: Accounting & Law


Professor Williams currently teaches undergraduate and graduate courses and was former chair of the Accounting & Law Division at Babson College. Previously, she taught at Boston University, where she received three teaching awards, and at Texas A&M University. She has taught undergraduate courses, and graduate courses at both master's and doctoral levels. She has been involved in education programs for practitioners, and has provided consultation for litigation support. She is currently serving as the Faculty Director of Babson's Masters in Accounting Program. Dr. Williams' research has included work in the cognitive aspects of auditor decision-making and in examinations of the audit committee as a mechanism for monitoring corporate management. Her research interests include financial disclosure and financial analysis, and she has most recently begun writing about the intersection of accounting and law issues.​​

Academic Degrees

  • Ph D, Texas A&M University
  • MBA, Texas A&M University
  • BA, University of California, Berkeley

Academic Interests

Financial Reporting; Auditing


Journal Articles

  • Ehrlich, C.P., Williams, J.D. (2016). How to Avoid Running Afoul of the SEC Part 1: The CFO as Control Person. CPA Journal, The
  • Ehrlich, C.P., Williams, J.D. (2016). How to Avoid Running Afoul of the SEC Part 2: The Internal Controls Cases. CPA Journal, The
  • Ehrlich, C.P., Williams, J.D. (2013). Criminal Liability of CPAs in Federal Securities Fraud and Tax Fraud Cases: Knowledge, Willful Blindness, and Unawareness. CPA Journal, The, 83(3), 57-63. link
  • Williams, J.D., Ehrlich, C.P. (2011). Accountants' liability in compiling financial statements: why the disclaimer in compilation reports doesn't always work, and what to do about it. CPA Journal, The, 81(1), 16-23. link
  • Williams, J.D., Ehrlich, C.P. (2011). The Accountant as Whistleblower: Guidelines for Disclosure and Liability. CPA Journal, The, 81(11), 66-71. link
  • Ehrlich, C.P., Williams, J.D. (2011). The Interplay Between Case Law and Professional Standards for Compiled Financial Statements. American Business Law Journal, 48(3), 409-448.
  • Williams, J.D., Ehrlich, C.P. (2008). Limiting Liability Through Contractual Agreement: Can an Engagement Letter be Made Bulletproof? CPA Journal, 78(12), 54-59.


  • Case Law and the Disclaimer in Compilation Reports
    Williams, J., Ehrlich, C. Case Law and the Disclaimer in Compilation Reports Global Accounting and Organizational Change (GAOC) Conference(2010)