Kristy L. Towry is John and Lucy Cook Chair and Professor of Accounting at Emory University's Goizueta Business School. Professor Towry joined the Goizueta Business School faculty in 2002, after receiving her PhD from The University of Texas at Austin. She has extensive experience in managerial accounting and finance, including a number of positions at Exxon and Compaq. Professor Towry's research relates to the use of accounting information for managerial decision making, with a focus on managerial control systems and financial incentives. Her research, based on the experimental method, blends theory from economics, psychology, and other social sciences to provide insights into accounting issues. She has published in The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, and other accounting and economics journals.


  • PhD
    The University of Texas at Austin
  • MBA
    Texas A&M University
  • BSc
    Northwestern State University of Louisiana

In the News

  • April 7, 2015
    “There’s all kinds of evidence that people get a kick out of winning, even when a prize is not attached,” said Goizueta Business School Accounting Professor Kristy Towry, who researches behavioral economics.
  • June 20, 2012
    Michigan State University
    Sedatole authored the study – titled “Sticks and Carrots: The Effect of Contract Frame on Effort in Incomplete Contracts” – with Margaret Christ of the University of Georgia and Kristy Towry of Emory University...