George Mason UniversitySchool of Business
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Johnson, Bret

Academic Unit:Accounting
Position:Assistant Professor
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 110
Office Hours:By Appointment
Research Interests:
  • Financial Accounting
  • Disclosure Regulation
  • Capital Markets
  • Investor Information Demand
  • PhD - Accounting, The Ohio State University
  • MS - Accounting, Brigham Young University 
  • BS - Accounting, Brigham Young University 

Bret A. Johnson joined the accounting faculty at Mason in 2015 after completing his PhD at The Ohio State University. He also holds a master’s and bachelor’s degree in accounting from Brigham Young University.

His professional experience includes working as a senior auditor for Ernst & Young and as a staff accountant at the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission. Johnson is a CPA licensed in Virginia. His research and teaching interests are in financial accounting, particularly focused on disclosure and regulation.

Research and Awards:


"SEC Comment Letters and Firm Disclosure" Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, 2017.

Media Mentions

“An Examination of Changes in Earnings Management after Receiving SEC Comment Letters” – The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation. May 2016

“The SEC Never Reads 74% of Filings, Putting Investors at Risk” – Marketwatch.com. October 2015


Philip A. Blanchard Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education 2018

Outstanding Professor in Major 2016-2017

Career Connections Faculty Award 2016