Mark DeFond studies financial accounting, auditing, and international accounting. He is widely published and one of the 25 most cited authors in accounting. Professor DeFond is a board member of several leading academic journals and a recipient of several research awards, including the Notable Contribution to Auditing Literature Award and the Mellon Award for Excellence in Mentoring Faculty. He has held visiting professorships at universities in Hong Kong and Singapore. He is also a CPA (inactive), a four time winner of the MBA Golden Apple teaching award, and was ranked among the ten most outstanding USC MBA faculty by BusinessWeek.