McDonough School of Business

Allison Koester

Dr. Allison Koester is an Associate Professor of Business Administration in the accounting area at Georgetown University’s McDonough School of Business.

Her research considers the interplay between corporate economic outcomes and corporate financial reporting, taxation, and regulation. She has published scholarly articles in The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Management Science, Review of Accounting Studies, the Journal of the American Taxation Association, and Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory. Her research has been featured in media outlets including the Wall Street Journal,, and Huffington Post. She has presented her research at more than 50 academic institutions and conferences, and has served as an expert witness in an antidumping duty investigation brought forth at the U.S. International Trade Court. 

Koester has taught corporate financial reporting to more than 2,000 graduate students at Georgetown University's McDonough School of Business. She has been recognized as a ‘40-under-40 Most Outstanding Business School Professor’ (2016) and a ‘Favorite MBA Professors of the Class of 2020’ by Poets & Quants. She was also featured in the Financial Times’ ‘Women in Business’ series (2014). Within the McDonough School of Business, she is the recipient of the Joseph F. Lemoine Award for Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Excellence (2020), the MBA Excellence in Teaching Award (2019), and the Ronald L. Smith Distinguished Service Award (2014).

Koester earned her Ph.D. at the University of Washington. She is a former tax consultant at KPMG and a recovering CPA. Koester can be reached at

Academic Appointment(s)

Saleh Romeih Associate Professor, McDonough School of Business