Zhiyan Cao, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Specialty: Accounting

Cao, Zhiyan

Contact information

Dept: Milgard School of Business
Room: DOU 318
Phone: 253-692-4821
Email: zycao@uw.edu


  • Ph.D., Yale University, 2006.
  • B.S., Fudan University, 2000.


Zhiyan Cao earned her doctorate in Accounting from Yale University in 2006. Her research interests are primarily in the relation between corporate governance, shareholder litigation, managerial and board incentives, and financial reporting. Her teaching interests include financial accounting, financial reporting, financial statement analysis and corporate governance.


Financial Accounting and Corporate Governance

Current Research

  • Litigation Risk
  • Director and Officer Liability Insurance
  • Management Forecasts
  • Corporate Governance

Honors and Awards

  • Fan Fellowship, Yale University (2000-2004)
  • Doctoral Consortium Fellow, American Accounting Association (2003)
  • Coca-Cola Scholarship, The City of Shanghai (2000)
  • Distinguished Graduate Award, Fudan University (2000)
  • Asia Forum Scholarship, Japan Airlines Foundation (1999)
  • Distinguished Student Award, Fudan University (1998 & 1999)


  • American Accounting Association
  • American Finance Association
  • American Economic Association