George Mason UniversitySchool of Business
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Johnson, Bret

Focus:Research Focused Faculty
Academic Unit:Accounting
Positions:Assistant Professor
Office Location:Enterprise Hall 236
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:


“Information Leakage Around SEC Comment Letters” Management Science, forthcoming.

“Is There Information Content in Information Acquisition?” The Accounting Review, 2020.

“The Switch Up: An Examination of Changes in Earnings Management after Receiving SEC Comment Letters” Contemporary Accounting Research, 2020.

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


MSA Faculty of the Year 2021

SEC Academic Fellowship 2020-2021

MSA Faculty of the Year and Online Faculty of the Year 2019

Philip A. Blanchard Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Education 2018

Outstanding Professor in Major 2016-2017

Career Connections Faculty Award 2016