Mark Ma

  • Assistant Professor of Business Administration


Mark is an Assistant Professor of Business Administration at the University of Pittsburgh. Currently, he teaches Intermediate Financial Accounting. His research interests include capital market, financial reporting, tax reporting , and corporate governance. He is especially interested in 1) exploring new research ideas, 2) challenging conventional thoughts in accounting research, and 3) empirically testing economic and accounting theories. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Oklahoma and previously worked at American University.

Awards and Honors

  • Journal of International Accounting Research Best Reviewer Award, 2018
  • FARS Excellence in Reviewing Award, 2018
  • ConocoPhillips Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award, 2012
  • AAA/Deloitte/Michael J. Cook Doctoral Consortium Fellow, 2012
  • AAA International Accounting Section Ph.D. Student Travel Grant, 2012
  • Michael Price College of Business Summer Research Award, 2010
  • National Scholarship, China, 2008

Professional Service and Activities

Editorial Board Member

  • The International Journal of Accounting, 2017-present
  • Journal of International Accounting Research, 2018-present

Journal Reviewer

  • The Accounting Review                                                                                     
  • Journal of Accounting and Economics                                                          
  • Contemporary Accounting Research                                                                                
  • The International Journal of Accounting                                                                        
  • Journal of International Accounting Research                                                                  
  • Accounting Horizon                                                                                                              
  • Journal of the American Taxation Association                                                                     
  • Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance                                                                       
  • International Review of Finance                                                                                             
  • Journal of International Accounting, Auditing and Taxation                                               
  • Advances in Accounting, incorporating Advances in International Accounting                    


  • BSBA, Accounting, Beijing Normal University
  • PhD, Accounting, The University of Oklahoma

Recent Publications

“Tax Avoidance and Geographic Earnings Disclosure” with  Ole-Kristian Hope and Wayne Thomas, Journal of Accounting and Economics, 2013 (56).

“Economic Link and the Spillover Effect of Earnings Quality on Market Risk” The Accounting Review, 2017 (92).

“Busy Auditors, Partner-Client Tenure, and Audit Quality: Evidence from an Emerging Market” with Ferdinand A. Gul and Karen Lai, Journal of International Accounting Research, 2017 (16).

“Agency Costs and Tax Planning when the Government is a Major Shareholder” with Mark Bradshaw and Guanmin Liao, Journal of Accounting and Economics, 2019.

Academic Area