Afshad Irani Professor of Accounting and Head of the Accounting Department

Afshad Irani

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Curriculum Vitae

Professor Irani joined the Williams School as an Associate Professor of Accounting in 2010 after spending 12 years at the University of New Hampshire where he was the Academic Director of the Master of Science in Accounting program at the time of his departure. Professor Irani received his Bachelor of Arts from The College of Wooster in 1990 and his Ph.D. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Accounting from The Pennsylvania State University in 1998. He has taught a variety of courses in the financial accounting area at both undergraduate and graduate levels. In addition, Professor Irani has extensive experience in executive education.

Professor Irani's research interests are in examining management and investor behavior as reflected in activities such as voluntary disclosure, earnings management, financial restatements, executive compensation, insider trading and standard setting. His recent projects have included investigating the impact of job complexity and firm performance on CFO compensation and the impact of financial restatement on non-restating clients of involved auditors. His prior work has been published in various academic journals including Accounting Horizons, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Accounting Research Journal and Research in Accounting Regulation.

Originally from Karachi, Pakistan, Professor Irani resides in Lexington with his wife Farishte, his two children Kaizad (son) and Parizad (daughter), and their family dog Sailor.


Ph.D. in Business Administration, Pennsylvania State University (1998)

Passed the Certified Public Accountant Examination (1992)

B.A. in Business Economics, The College of Wooster (Departmental Honors, 1990)


Empirically investigating management and/or investor behavior as it relates to voluntary disclosure, earnings management, financial restatements, executive compensation, insider trading, and standard setting.


Financial Accounting