Selected Presentations

  • Hurley, P.J. (2017). Ego depletion and auditors’ JDM quality. AAA Auditing Midyear Meeting, January.
  • Hurley, P.J. (2015). Ego depletion and auditors’ JDM quality. University of Texas – Austin, February.
  • Hurley, P.J., & Mayhew, B.W. (2013). Exploring market reactions to a high-quality auditor and managerial preferences for audit quality. AAA Auditing Midyear Meeting, January.

Selected Publications

  • Hurley, P.J. (2019). Ego depletion and auditors’ JDM quality. Accounting, Organizations and Society (forthcoming)
  • Hurley, P.J., Mayhew, B.W., & Obermire, K.M. (2019). Realigning auditors’ accountability: Experimental evidence. The Accounting Review (forthcoming).
  • Hurley, P.J. (2017). Ego depletion and auditors’ busy season. Behavioral Research in Accounting 29 (2), 25-35.
  • Hurley, P.J. (2015). Ego depletion: Applications and implications for auditing research. Journal of Accounting Literature 35, 47-76.


  • Ph.D, Business Administration, University of Wisconsin – Madison
  • B.S., Accounting, Virginia Tech
  • B.S., Finance, Virginia Tech

Research & Teaching Interests

Professor Hurley’s research interests fall in the following areas: applying psychological theory and experimental economics to investigate micro- and macro-approaches to improving audit quality; investigating and improving judgment and decision-making within an auditing context; and exploring structural, market-level changes on audit quality, audit effort, and managerial demand for audit quality. Professor Hurley’s teaching interests are in introduction to auditing and assurance services, advanced auditing, fraud, ethics, and introduction to financial reporting.

Industry & Academic Experience

Prior to pursuing his Ph.D. and joining the faculty at Northeastern University, Professor Hurley served as a senior-associate auditor in KPMG’s federal practice in Washington, D.C.

Services to the Profession

A Certified Public Accountant, Professor Hurley is an active member of the American Accounting Association (Auditing and Accounting, Behavior, and Organizations Sections), the American Psychological Association, and the Society for Judgment and Decision Making. Professor Hurley has also served as an ad hoc reviewer for The Accounting ReviewAuditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Behavioral Research in Accounting, Contemporary Accounting Research and Accounting, Organizations and Society.  

Awards & Recognition

  • Douglas Clarke Memorial Teaching Award, University of Wisconsin – Madison, 2012.
  • Robert Bruce Wisconsin Distinguished Graduate Fellowship, 2012.
  • AICPA Foundation Accounting Doctoral Scholar, 2010-2014.