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Nathaniel Stephens

Professor
Faculty of Business & Government

HGB 251

Nate Stephens is an accounting professor in the Faculty of Business & Government. Prior to joining the faculty at BYU–Hawaii, Nate spent 13 years on the faculty of Utah State University where he served in several roles, including director of the Master of Accounting program.

He graduated in 2008 from the University of Arizona’s Ph.D. program. Prior to his doctoral studies, Nate attended BYU in Provo where he earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in accounting. From 1997 to 1999 he served as a full-time missionary in Australia, Sydney North Mission where he taught the gospel in the Mandarin language.

Nate’s research focuses on the external auditor’s role in the capital markets, the market for external audit services, and corporate financial reporting quality. His research has been published in top accounting journals including Review of Accounting Studies; Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory; Accounting Horizons; Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance; and Issues in Accounting Education.

In February 2000, Nate married Kristie Babcock, who is an alumna of BYUH. They have five children ages 6 to 20.