University of Southern California

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),".