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John Karayan
Senior Lecturer of Accounting

USC Marshall School of Business
Los Angeles, CA 90089-0808

Ph.D., MA, MBA, Claremont Graduate School; J.D., USC; BA, UCSD


Senior Lecturer in Accounting John Karayan is a tax lawyer with a "Big 8" CPA firm background who left professional practice to become a Visiting Assistant Professor at USC’s School of Accounting. He is a Professor Emeritus from Cal Poly Pomona, where he earned a number of teaching, research, and service awards.
Dr. Karayan has co-authored two books with USC Professor Charles Swenson, and published articles in journals ranging from The Tax Advisor to the Marquette Sports Law Review.
John has often spoken before professional groups, and is a Past President of the American Accounting Association Western Region.


Gupta, S., Karayan, J., Neff, J., and Swenson, C. W. (2015) "State and Local Taxation: Principles and Planning 3rd Edition (forthcoming 2016),".
Karayan, J., "Strategic Tax Issues Confronting Global Enterprises," in Camillo, A., eds., New perspectives on the challenges and future developments of global enterprise management , Palgrave McMillan , New York, New York 2014.
Karayan, J., Martin, R., and Hulme, R. (2014) "Gender, Listening, and Learning: Enhancing Educational Environments through Cognitive Styles Awareness," International Journal of Business, Humanities and Technology , 4 (3), 33-38 .
Karayan, J., Burrowes, A., and Hulme, R. (2014) "Auditors' Use of Base Rate Evidence: Insights from a Cognitive Styles Model," Journal of International & Interdisciplinary Business, 1 (1), 12-22.
Karayan, J., and Austin, C. (2014) "Professional Networking and Accounting Students," The New Accountant , 2014 (759), 4, 15-16.
Burrowes, A., and Karayan, J. (2014) "In Defense of Auditor Anonymity," The New Zealand Chartered Accountants Journal , 93 (4), 46-47.
Karayan, J., and Burrowes, A. (2014) "Hacks and Tax: Cross-border Ramifications for Recent Cyber Security Failures," The New Zealand Chartered Accountants Journal, 93 (3), 56-58.
Karayan, J., and Burrowes, A. (2013) "Navigating the FMA’s new Standard Disclosure of non-GAAP Financial Performance Measures," The New Zealand Law Journal, June (2013), 178-180.
Burrowes, A., Karayan, J., and Jinkens, R. (2013) "Concern About Going Concern," The New Zealand Chartered Accountants Journal, 92 (3), 50-51.