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Liang Tan

Assistant Professor
faculty member
3111 Pamplin
880 West Campus Drive
Blacksburg, VA 24061


Ph.D. Northwestern University


Debt Contracting; Disclosure; Corporate Governance


Dr. Liang Tan joined the Pamplin College of Business in the Fall of 2019. He received his Ph.D. in. accounting information and management from Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.

Dr. Tan's research interests span financial accounting, tax and auditing. Recent topics he has examined include, for example, debt covenant violations, institutional investors, tax avoidance, and audit quality. His research has been published in top-tier accounting journals such as the Journal of Accounting and Economicsthe Accounting ReviewContemporary Accounting Research and Review of Accounting Studies.

Dr. Tan was formerly an assistant professor of accountancy at George Washington University, where he taught managerial accounting.

Before embarking on his graduate studies, Dr. Tan was a certified public accountant in China and worked as a senior auditor at PricewaterhouseCoopers in Beijing.