Professor DeFond is the A. N. Mosich Chair of Accounting, Leventhal School of Accounting, University of Southern California. His research investigates issues in auditing, international financial reporting, and earnings management. He is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Accounting and Economics, an Executive Editor of the Journal of Law, Accounting and Finance, and a former Senior Editor of The Accounting Review. He has previously served on the editorial boards of several leading academic journals, including the Journal of Accounting Research. He is a recipient of the AAA’s Notable Contribution to the Auditing Literature Award, and has held visiting professorships in Hong Kong and Singapore, and is currently the Associate Dean of Faculty at the Leventhal School of Accounting.