Jennifer Francis


Robert L. Dickens Professor Emeritus

Academic Area: Accounting
Phone Number: +1.919.684-2631

Teaching / Research Interests

Valuation, Financial Reporting

Mailing Information

Duke University: The Fuqua School of Business
100 Fuqua Drive
Durham, NC 27708


Jennifer Francis, PhD, is the Robert L. Dickens Professor Emeritus in the Fuqua School of Business. Jennifer served as Duke’s Executive Vice Provost (2018-2023) and Interim Provost (2023). Previously, Francis served as Vice Provost for Academic Affairs (2017-2018), and in the Fuqua School of Business as Senior Associate Dean of Programs (2011-2016) and Senior Associate Dean of Faculty (2006-2009). She is also of Business Administration. 

Francis earned a B.S. in accounting at Bucknell University, and after working at Price Waterhouse, pursued her M.S. and Ph.D. from Cornell University. She joined the Duke faculty in 1987. Prior to coming to Duke, Francis was on the faculty at the Graduate School of Business, University of Chicago.

Francis taught core and elective MBA classes, in accounting and global strategy. She is the winner of over 15 awards for outstanding teaching. Her research interests focus on the quality of financial reporting and the relevance of financial reports to capital market participants. 

One of the first Duke faculty members to teach at Duke Kunshan University in the masters of management studies program there, Francis also assisted the Fuqua School’s initiative to develop a business school at Kazakhstan’s Nazarbayev University.