Jayanthi Sunder

Vice Dean, Programs and Strategic Initiatives
Dhaliwal-HSLopez Chair in Accounting
Jayanthi Sunder

McClelland Hall 301G
1130 E. Helen St.
P.O. Box 210108
Tucson, Arizona 85721-0108

Areas of Expertise

Compensation contracting
Debt contracting
Financial reporting and capital markets

Jayanthi Sunder joined the Eller College of Management in 2010. Before joining Eller, she worked as an assistant professor at Northwestern University and Cornell University. Her areas of expertise include financial reporting and capital markets, debt contracting and compensation contracting. In addition to her teaching experience she has also worked as a senior consultant for A.F. Ferguson & Co. Management Consultancy Division and as a business analyst for Hindustan Unilever Limited. She is a member of the American Accounting Association.


  • Acct 400B/500B/500I, Intermediate Financial Accounting
  • Acct 501/501I, Advanced Accounting

Publications and Working Papers

  • Published Papers:
    • When and Why do IPO firms manage earnings?, with Yonca Ertimur, Ewa Sletten, and Joseph Weber, Review of Accounting Studies, Vol. 23(3) 872-906, September 2018.
      • Presented at the Review of Accounting Studies Conference, October 2017.
    • SEC monitoring of foreign firms’ disclosures, with James Naughton, Rafael Rogo, and Ray Zhang, Review of Accounting Studies, Vol 23(4) 1355–1388, December 2018.
      • Featured in the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation Blog on May 24, 2016
    • Pilot CEOs and Corporate Innovation, with Shyam V. Sunder (University of Arizona) and Jingjing Zhang (McGill University), accepted at Journal of Financial Economics, 123(1): 209-224, January 2017.
      • Featured in the Wall Street Journal on February 14, 2017 as “The Connection Between Leadership and a Pilot’s License
      • Featured in the Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation Blog on March 9, 2017
    • Balance Sheet Conservatism and Debt Contracting, with Shyam V. Sunder (University of Arizona) and Jingjing Zhang (McGill University), accepted at Contemporary Accounting Research, Vol 35(1) 494-524, Spring 2018. 
    • Debtholder Responses to Shareholder Activism: Evidence from Hedge Fund Interventions, with Shyam V. Sunder (University of Arizona), and Wan Wongsunwai (Northwestern University), Review of Financial Studies, Vol. 27(11) 3318-3342, November 2014.
    • Managerial Ability, Tenure and Promotions: Evidence from Film Directors, with Kose John (New York University) and S. Abraham Ravid (Yeshiva University) - forthcoming Journal of Corporate Finance.
    • Large Shareholders and Disclosure Strategies: Evidence from IPO Lockup Expirations, with Yonca Ertimur (University of Colorado) and Ewa Sletten (Boston College), The Journal of Accounting and Economics, Vol. 58 (1), August 2014.
    • Investor Horizon and CEO Horizon Incentives, with Brian Cadman (University of Utah), The Accounting Review, Vol. 89 (4), July 2014.
    • Stock Option Grant Vesting Terms: Economic and Financial Reporting Determinants, with Brian Cadman (University of Utah) and Tjomme Rusticus (Northwestern University), Review of Accounting Studies, Vol. 18 (4), pp 1159-1190, December 2013.
      • Referenced in SEC Proposed Rule “Pay versus Performance” (Release No. 34-74835)
    • Accounting Quality and Debt Contracting, with Sreedhar Bharath (University of Michigan) and Shyam V. Sunder (Northwestern University), The Accounting Review, Vol. 83, No.1, January 2008. 
    • Endogenous Entry/Exit as an Alternative Explanation for the Disciplining Role of Independent Analysts, with Thomas Lys, Northwestern University, Journal of Accounting and Economics, Vol. 45, August 2008. 
    • Measure for Measure: The Relation between Forecast Accuracy and Recommendation Profitability of Analysts, with Yonca Ertimur (Duke University) and Shyam V. Sunder (Northwestern University), Journal of Accounting Research, Vol. 45, No. 3, June 2007.
  • Working Papers:
    • Consumer protection regulation and the cost of equity: Evidence from data breach disclosure laws, with Musaib Ashraf (University of Arizona)
    • Auditor Conservatism, Audit Quality, and Real Consequences for Clients, with Curtis Hall (Drexel University) and Scott Judd (University of Illinois at Chicago)
    • Insiders’ Other Trades, with Prachi Deuskar (Indian School of Business) and Aditi Khatri (University of Arizona).
    • Earnings Seasons: Analysis of Inferred and Announced News, Curtis Hall (Drexel University) and Shyam V. Sunder (University of Arizona). 
    • Information Spillovers and Capital Structure-New York University Dissertation.


  • PhD, New York University
  • MBA, Jamnala Bajaj Institute of Management Studies
  • BCom, Madras University