- Nonprofit governance and performance measurement
- Financial accounting
- PhD, George Washington University
- MS, American University
- BS, American University
Prior to joining Mason in 2007, Karen Kitching served on the faculties of Georgetown University and the George Washington University, where she earned her PhD. Prior to her academic career, she worked in industry as an accountant and as a database administrator. Dr. Kitching currently teaches courses in accounting information systems and management accounting in the undergraduate, MBA, and executive education programs. She has also taught financial accounting, advanced cost accounting, and financial statement analysis.
Dr. Kitching's main research interest is in government and nonprofit governance, performance measurement, financial accounting, and audit markets. She has published in Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Accounting and Public Policy, Journal of Government and Nonprofit Accounting, Current Issues in Auditing, and Accounting Horizons.
Dr. Kitching is the Director of the School of Business Undergraduate Accounting Honors Program and the Coordinator of the Mason Dream-Catchers, a mentoring program for alternative high school students. She is also a member of the executive board of the American Accounting Association's Goverment/Nonprofit Section and a founding member and treasurer of the Mason Chapter of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society.