Joseph  Wall
Joseph WallMarquette University

Straz Hall, 318

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
Curriculum Vitae

Donald F. Flynn and Beverly L. Flynn Chair of Accounting Ethics and Disruptive Technologies

Executive Director, AIM 2.0 Initiative

Director, Applied Disruptive Technologies Initiative

Dr. Wall joined Marquette University in 2015. He earned his Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University, his MBA from Marquette University, and his bachelor’s degree in Engineering from Purdue University. Prior to joining Marquette, Dr. Wall worked in industry for 15 years, served seven years as an assistant professor at Carthage College, and was the chair of business at Carthage for four years.

Dr. Wall specializes in the design, application, and investigation of disruptive technologies. Within the area of AccountingTech, he is part of a team. All the Accounting Faculty have expertise in the application of data analytics. As a part of the team, his research aligns with his expertise and passion for helping to right financial injustice. Thus, his research tends to focus in the areas of regulation (especially RegTech), fraudulent behavior, and cyber-strategy. Much of his work seeks to design thriving financial systems by better understanding the unintended consequences rules and regulations may have. He is the current Treasurer of the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE) and is an expert in fraud deterrence and analytics.

Within the area of FinTech, he is an expert in blockchain and related technologies such as cryptocurrencies (crypto), crypto valuation, crypto sustainability, blockchain forensics, non-fungible tokens (NFTs), decentralized finance (DeFI), and both decentralized (DAO) and centralized (CAO) autonomous organizational structures.

Dr. Wall launched a startup in 2020 seeking to disrupt the marketplace of data analytics competitors and expects to have a beta product available to test for free soon. Since 1993 he has been a full-time financial analyst and professional investor. He was a managing member and the co-founder of his securities investment firm. The firm specialized in risk arbitrage transactions, sustainably producing 40%+ returns for 15 years in a row. He is consulted frequently in areas involving blockchain technologies, financial forensic investigation, and private company valuations.


  • Ph.D., Case Western Reserve University (2015)
  • M.B.A., Marquette University (2006)
  • B.S., Purdue University (1993)

Professional Interests

  • Arbitrage
  • Behavioral, Experimental, Linguistic (Archival) research: Accounting
  • Financial Cyber-Strategy
  • Forensic accounting
  • Fraud

Selected Publications

Scheetz, A., Wall, J., and Wilson, A. (forthcoming) Perception of Internal Controls Helps Explain Whistleblowing. Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly.

Rich, K., Roberts, B., Wall, J., and Zhang, J. (forthcoming) Toward an understanding of year-over-year changes in municipal management discussion and analysis disclosures. Advances in Accounting.

Scheetz, A., Wall, J., and Wilson, A. (forthcoming) Restricted Stock is on the Rise: What Does this Mean for Whistleblowing? Journal of Forensic Accounting Research.

Suh, I., Sweeney, J., Linke, K., and Wall, J. (2020). Boiling the Frog Slowly: The Immersion of C-Suite Financial Executives into Fraud.  Journal of Business Ethics. 162: 645-673.

Wall, J., Gissel, J., and Fogarty, T. (2020) Why punishment does not fit the crime: Experimental evidence that situational circumstances crowd out damage done. Journal of Forensic Accounting Research. 5(1): 142-176.

Scheetz, A., Smalls, T., Wall, J., and Wilson, A. (2020) Do employee fraud reporting intentions differ between for-profit and nonprofit organizations? Journal of Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting. 9(1): 94-117.

Ling, Q., Scheetz, A., and Wall, J. (2020) Lowering standards: unintended consequences of 990-N and value congruence on cost shifting. Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting. 12(2): 262-283.


Under Review

Selected works under review at Journal of Business Ethics, Journal of Forensic Accounting Research, Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting

Honors and Awards

(2020) Brennan Master Teaching Award. Marquette University College of Business.

(2020) Best paper award. “Outsiders looking in: Do non-permanent workers whistleblow?”. AAA Forensic Accounting Section Annual Meeting.

(2020) Best paper award. “How Stock Options Influence People to Whistleblow”. AAA Public Interest Section, Best Quantitative Paper Overall.

(2020) Best paper award. “How Stock Options Influence People to Whistleblow”. AAA Public Interest Section, Forensic subsection.

(2020) Outstanding Service award. AAA Forensic Accounting Section.

(2019) Best paper award. “Lowering Standards: Unintended Consequences of 990-N and Value Congruence on Cost Shifting”. AAA Government and Nonprofit Accounting Annual Meeting.

(2019) Best paper award. “Crowding out Best Practice: Circumstances Matter More Than Rules”. AAA Forensic Accounting Section Midyear.

(2016) Glen McLaughlin Prize for Research in Accounting Ethics, John T. Steed School of Accounting at the University of Oklahoma.

(2013) American Accounting Association Doctoral Consortium Fellow.


2018: Ow, T. and Wall, J. Artificial Intelligence and Distributed Ledger Technologies (Blockchain). PwC INQuires. (funded).

2018: Scheetz, A., Wall, J., and Wilson, A. The option to commit fraud? Institute of Management Accountants (funded).

2017: Scheetz, A., Wall, J., Wilson, A. Non-profit versus For-profit fraud. Radford University Research Award (funded).

2010: Cyr, A. and Wall, J. The market for insurance majors: an exploratory analysis of local stakeholders. Wisconsin Foundation for Independent Colleges (funded).

Personal Interests

  • Blockchain Technologies
  • Classic literature
  • Education efficacy
  • Hiking
  • Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra