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Jagannathan Krishnan


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Jagannathan Krishnan

Title: Professor & Merves Senior Research Fellow
Department: Accounting

Office: Alter Hall 456
Phone: 215.204.8126

Research Interests: Audit Quality, Auditor litigation, Regulation, Corporate Governance, and Fraudulent Financial Reporting

Dr. Krishnan’s Curriculum Vitae, SSRN ProfileWebsite

Jagan Krishnan is a Professor and Merves Senior Research Fellow in the department of Accounting. He has over 20 years of teaching and professional experience in auditing and consulting.

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After completing a doctorate at the Ohio State University, he joined Temple in 1991. He is the coordinator of Ph.D. program in Accounting and teaches undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral courses in auditing. He is the recipient of the 2003 Musser Award for Leadership in Teaching and the 2000 Beta Alpha Psi Teacher of the Year Award. His research interests are in the areas of audit quality, corporate governance, auditor litigation, regulation, and fraudulent financial reporting. He is or has served on the editorial boards of The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, and Current Issues in Auditing. He has published articles in academic journals including The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, Accounting Horizons, Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance, and Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. He is listed among prolific auditing researchers by two different studies. Prior to entering academia, he worked in the audit and consulting divisions of affiliates of Ernst & Young and KPMG.

Sample Publications

  • Baber, William R., Jagan Krishnan, and Yinqi Zhang. 2014. Investor Perceptions of the Earnings Quality Consequences of Hiring an Affiliated Auditor. Review of Accounting Studies 19 (1): 69–102.
  • Krishnan, Jagan, Chan Li, and Qian Wang. 2013. Auditor Industry Expertise and Cost of Equity. Accounting Horizons 27 (4): 667–691.
  • Ye, Z. Shelly, Dana Hermanson, and Jagan Krishnan. 2013. Shareholder Voting in Director Elections and Initial SOX Section 404 Reports. Journal of Accounting, Auditing, and Finance 28 (2), April, 103–127.
  • Fung, SimonY.K., Ferdi A. Gul, and Jagan Krishnan. 2012. City-Level Auditor Industry Specialization, Economies of Scale and Audit Pricing. The Accounting Review 87 (4), July, 1281–1307.
  • Harris, Erica, and Jagan Krishnan. 2012. The Impact of Tarnished Auditor Reputation on Nonprofit Income. International Journal of Auditing 16 (2), July, 130–146.

Awards and Honors

  • Editorial Boards: The Accounting Review, Contemporary Accounting Research, Accounting Horizons, Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, and Current Issues in Auditing.
  • Listed among leading archival audit researchers (BYU Research Ranking System).
  • PwC INQuires Program Grant (with Jayanthi Krishnan and Hakjoon Song), 2009.
  • Merves Senior Research Fellow in recognition of achievements in research, Fox School of Business and Management, Temple University (2007 to present).
  • Dean’s Research Honor Roll in recognition of outstanding research in the past year, Fox School of Business and Management, Temple University, October 2007.


Fox School of Business, Temple University

  • Auditing (undergraduate)
  • PhD Seminar in Auditing and Corporate Governance
  • PhD Pro-Seminar (first year Accounting PhD students)


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