K. Ramesh is Professor of Accounting, Jones Graduate School of Business at Rice University. Ramesh obtained his Ph.D. from Michigan State University and has previously served on the faculties of the business schools at Northwestern University, the University of Rochester, The Pennsylvania State University, and Michigan State University where he was the Plante & Moran Faculty Fellow and Director of Accounting Doctoral Program. He was an academic fellow at the Office of the Chief Accountant, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission during 2007-8. During his tenure as vice president at two leading economic consulting firms, Ramesh worked with leading law firms, Big-4 audit firms, major corporations and governmental agencies.
His academic research has focused on: (1) Capital market information environment; (2) Role of accounting information in contracting and regulation; and (3) Financial information/disclosures and valuation. His recent research examines the extent of voluntary disclosure of corporate accounting information, the information content of financial reports mandated by securities regulators, the role of newswires and data aggregators in disseminating corporate accounting information to different investors, and the interplay between mandatory regulation and voluntary disclosures. Ramesh has published in leading academic journals such as The Accounting Review, Review of Accounting Studies, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Journal of Finance. His research was cited in the recent study conducted by the AAA Research Impact Task Force on the role of academic accounting research on professional practice. He was a member of the Editorial Advisory and Review Board of the Accounting Review and an associate editor of FMA Online.
Ramesh is currently the President of the Financial Accounting and Reporting Section (FARS) of the American Accounting Association and a member of the FARS Steering Board. He was a member of American Accounting Association’s Financial Accounting Standards Committee during 2004-6. Ramesh was the research sessions coordinator for the 2006 FARS Mid-Year Meeting and a member of the FARS Research Program Committee for the 2010 AAA Annual Meeting. He has interacted with the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) and the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) on various issues relating to standard setting and disclosure regulation. His interactions with the FASB ranges from an invitation in early 1990s to discuss potential improvements to disclosures on derivative financial instruments and fair values of financial instruments to a participation as the academic representative for a key panel session “Conceptual framework: Bedrock issues” in 2006.
Ramesh has won many accolades for his teaching excellence including the Michigan State University Excellence-In-Teaching Citation Award, Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award by the Department of Accounting & Information Systems at MSU, MBA Association Core Faculty Excellence in Teaching Award at Pennsylvania State University, and mentioned in the Business Week Guide to Best Business Schools as an outstanding faculty member at the University of Rochester.