Sonja Hightower is a Grant Thornton Doctoral Fellow and in her fourth year as a Ph.D. student at UNT. Her primary research interesst involve audit regulations and their impact on capital markets and the audit profession, particularly the industrial organization of the audit profession. Sonja expects to complete her degree in 2020.
Sonja has over 20 years of work experience in Accounting, Finance, and Banking. Before starting the Ph.D. program, Sonja was a lecturer at the University of North Texas and East Central University, OK. She has taught Auditing, Forensic Accounting, Accounting Theory, Cost Accounting, Intermediate Accounting, Financial Accounting, and Managerial Accounting. Prior to her change to Academia, Sonja worked as the Senior Vice President of Internal Audit and Compliance at Vision Bank, N.A., Oklahoma. Sonja holds several professional credentials, including the CPA, CGMA, CMA, and CIA. She earned her MBA at Oklahoma State University and her B.S. at East Central University. Additionally, Sonja earned a degree in Banking/Finance in Germany. Sonja and her husband, Sharrod, enjoy traveling, hiking, biking, and spending time with family and friends.