Sanaz Aghazadeh

Sanaz S. Aghazadeh

Assistant Professor, Department of Accounting
2825 Business Education Complex North
501 South Quad Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone: 225-578-6699
Fax: 225-578-6201

Biographical Summary

Sanaz Aghazadeh received her Ph.D. from the University of Oklahoma and her B.S. from LSU. Her research examines the judgment and decision making behavior of auditors. Specifically, she studies how auditor-client interactions impact audit effectiveness. Her research has been published in Accounting, Organizations and Society, Contemporary Accounting Research, Auditing: A Journal of Practice and Theory, and Behavioral Research in Accounting. She has been awarded grants from the Center for Audit Quality to complete her research on manager confidence. She received the 2019 Auditing Mid-Year Meeting Best Paper Award. At LSU, she is the recipient of the 2021 E.J. Ourso College of Business Research Excellence Award and the 2019 Outstanding Untenured Faculty Teaching Award. Prior to beginning her academic career, she provided internal auditing services for clients at PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York City.


  • PhD Business Administration / Accounting, University of Oklahoma, 2012

Awards & Honors

  • Research Excellence Award, E.J. Ourso College of Business, 2021
  • Vincent C. Brenner Endowed Faculty Research Award, Department of Accounting, 2021
  • Outstanding Untenured Professor Teaching Award , E.J. Ourso College of Business, 2019
  • Vincent C. Brenner Endowed Faculty Research Award, Department of Accounting, 2019
  • 2019 Auditing Midyear Meeting Best Paper Award, AAA, 2019


  • Teaching Interests: Auditing and Cost Accounting
  • Research Interests: Judgment and decision making, specifically as they relate to the audit profession.

Selected Research Publications

  • Aghazadeh, S. S., Dodgson, M., Peytcheva, M., and Kang, Y. (2021). Revealing Oz: Institutional Work Shaping Auditors' National Office Consultations. Contemporary Accounting Research, 38(2), 974-1008.
  • Aghazadeh, S. S., Brown, O., Guichard, L., and Hoang, K.. Persuasion in Auditing: A Review Through the Lens of the Communication-Persuasion Matrix. European Accounting Review (EAR), Forthcoming.
  • Aghazadeh, S. S. and Hoang, K. (2020). How Does Audit Firm Emphasis on Client Relationship Quality Influence Auditors' Inferences about and Responses to Potential Persuasion in Client Communications?. Accounting, Organizations and Society, 87.
  • Aghazadeh, S. S., Collins, A., and Stefaniak, C. (2020). The Effects of Client Status and the Auditor's Presentation of Multiple Estimation Alternatives on Client Financial Reporting Aggressiveness. Behavioral Research in Accounting, 32(2), 1-14.
  • Aghazadeh, S. S. and Peytcheva, M. (2018). The Mismatch between Expectations and Realities of AS4 Audits: A Post-Implementation Research Analysis. Auditing: A Journal of Practice & Theory, 37(1), 1-19.

Media Contributions

Employed by LSU since

August 17, 2015