Colleen Honigsberg is an expert in corporate and securities law, with a focus on the empirical study of corporate governance, securities regulation, and accounting. Professor Honigsberg researches the regulatory environment for financial advisors, as well as carbon accounting, human capital accounting, the incentive structure for auditors, and corporate disclosure rules. She also addresses auditing systems for artificial intelligence (AI) governance, as well as environmental, social, and governance (ESG) topics.
Professor Honigsberg has testified on human capital disclosures before the U.S. House Subcommittee on Investor Protection, Entrepreneurship, and Capital Markets. She serves on the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) Investor Advisory Committee, which focuses on supporting the Commission’s regulatory priorities in U.S. securities markets. She previously served as a senior economic research fellow with the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board (PCAOB), researching audits of public companies and SEC-registered brokers and dealers.
Professor Honigsberg has published articles in peer-reviewed academic journals, including the Journal of Financial Economics, the Journal of Accounting Research, the Review of Accounting Studies, and Artificial Intelligence, Ethics, and Society. Her work has appeared in the Stanford Law Review and Vanderbilt Law Review, among others. In addition, such mainstream publications as the Economist, the Wall Street Journal, and the New York Times have cited her research.
At Stanford Law School, Professor Honigsberg teaches courses in accounting, corporate governance, and business law.
A former certified public accountant (CPA), Professor Honigsberg worked at PricewaterhouseCoopers Advisory Services earlier in her career.