University of Southern California

Suresh Nallareddy
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Success showcases what makes the Marshall Ph.D. program so special.
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Graduating Year
2012
Hometown
India

Suresh Nallareddy’s journey from a tiny rural village in India to the beginning of what promises to be an exceptional academic career is nothing short of incredible. Nallareddy, who graduates this summer with a Ph.D. from the Leventhal School of Accounting at USC’s Marshall School of Business, has accepted a tenure-track faculty position at Columbia University’s Graduate School of Business. Suresh was one of the standouts of the accounting academic job market this year, and received offers from several prestigious institutions such as the University of Illinois (Urbana-Champaign), Washington University at St. Louis, London Business School and the University of Minnesota, in addition, of course, to Columbia University. Apart from his dissertation, Suresh has authored several research papers one of which one has been accepted for publication in the well-regarded Journal of Financial Economics. In recognition of his superior performance, Suresh was one of just five students university-wide to be awarded USC’s Ph.D. Achievement Award for 2012.

Suresh's academic achievements, which also include receiving the Mary Pickford Foundation Doctoral Teaching Award in 2009, are all the more remarkable given his background. Suresh hails from a tiny village in Southern India where his father works as a small-time farmer. Suresh had no formal education in early life aside from a brief stint at a small school in a neighboring village. His father was determined to educate his son and, under incredible hardship, arranged to send him to a residential school during his teens. Despite such disadvantages, Suresh's talents and hard work paid off. He won a prestigious National Merit Scholarship in India and, subsequently, joined one of the top engineering colleges in the country, the Birla Institute of Technology and Science (BITS). Although he qualified to become a software engineer, Suresh decided that his long-term goal was to be a professor at a business school. Accordingly, he transferred to an integrated management program at BITS and then worked for two years at the Indian School of Business (ISB) as an academic associate, for which he was recognized with two awards for his service. Suresh then applied to several Ph.D. programs and was admitted to the USC Marshall program.

Suresh's success showcases what makes the Marshall Ph.D. program so special. Consequently, Suresh is unreserved in his praise for the program. "Joining the Ph.D. program at USC is probably the best thing that happened in my life,” he said. “I am fortunate to have had the opportunity to be associated with famous professors and talented colleagues. Above all, I deeply appreciate the mentoring that I received from the faculty, particularly from my advisor, K.R. Subramanyam, who nurtured me from the very beginning and helped me develop into a confident and thoughtful individual. USC has exceptional faculty who are not only world-class scholars, but also exceptional mentors to Ph.D. students. They genuinely care for their students’ success.” Suresh joins the ranks of a growing number of accounting alumni who have been placed at top schools, including Maria Ogneva (Stanford), Yuan Zhang (Columbia), Mike Williams (UCLA), Susan Young (Emory), Shuping Chen (Washington, Seattle), Clara Chen and James Gong (Illinois) and Biqin Xie (Penn State).