American University of Sharjah

Department of Accounting

Department of Accounting and Finance

Dr. Taisier Zoubi


Professor and Department Head

PhD in Accounting, University of North Texas, USA

Taisier A. Zoubi's research and teaching interests are financial statements analysis, banking, information content of accounting information and emerging markets. His articles have appeared in the International Journal of Accounting, Emerging Markets Review, Oil and Gas Tax Quarterly, Journal of Applied Research, Petroleum Accounting and Financial Management Journal and other national and international journals.

Dr. Abed Al-Nasser Abdallah


Associate Professor

PhD in Accounting and Finance, University of Lancaster, UK

Abed Al-Nasser Abdallah has worked at the University of Bath School of Management, UK, and taught in Executive MBA programs in the UK, Greece and Oman. He has been published in journals such as the Journal of Financial Research, Quarterly Review of Economics and Finance, Management Accounting Quarterly Journal and the Review of Accounting and Finance Journal. His research interests include international listing of shares, information disclosure, corporate governance, earnings management, mergers and acquisitions, auditor independence, risk disclosure, Islamic versus conventional banks, analyst following and management accounting.

Dr. Yass AlKafaji


Associate Professor

DBA, Mississippi State University, USA

Yass Alkafaji is an academician and a practicing auditor. He taught accounting classes at Mississippi State University, Bowling State University and Northeastern Illinois University-Chicago. At AUS, he teaches auditing classes at the graduate and undergraduate levels. His research has appeared in International Journal of Accounting, Managerial Auditing Journal, Journal of International Taxation, Internal Auditing, Journal of Accounting Education and Accounting Research Journal. He is also the co-author of Understanding IFRS, a book published by Wiley. Dr. Alkafaji provides audit, tax and executive to a wide range of clients. He is a CPA, CFE and CGMA.

Dr. Mustafa Ciftci

Mustafa Ciftci

Assistant Professor

PhD in Accounting, University of Texas at Dallas, USA

Mustafa Ciftci's research interests are valuation, productivity and accounting treatment of intangible assets, cost behavior and implications of cost behavior for analysts’ forecasts. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Accounting and Economics; Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance; Journal of Business Finance and Accounting; and European Accounting Review.

Dr. Musa Darayseh



PhD in Accounting, University of Nebraska, Lincoln, USA

Musa Darayseh has taught in accounting and finance departments for more than 20 years at institutions such as Purdue University and AUS. His research interests are in the areas of bankruptcy, pension, accounting accuracy, Islamic issues, and accounting education issues. His teaching interest is in the areas of cost, managerial, financial, intermediate and advance financial accounting.

Dr. Allan Graham

Allan Graham

Associate Professor

PhD, Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University

Dr. Allan Graham has taught at the University of Rhode Island, Zayed University, and as a visiting professor at the Technische Universitat at Braunschweig, Germany and at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia. Before receiving his PhD, he worked as a controller and financial manager of several small businesses and government organizations. His research interests are in financial reporting, environmental liabilities and accounting education. His articles have appeared in the Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance, Oil and Gas Energy Quarterly, Advances in Environmental Accounting and Management, and other national and international journals.

Karen Hawa



Graduate Diploma in Accountancy, McGill University, Canada

Karen Hawa is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA). At AUS, she has taught financial and managerial accounting. Prior to moving into academia, she worked as an external auditor with the audit firm Deloitte and Touche in Montreal.

Dr. Mahmud Hossain

@00055923 Mahmud Hossain

Assistant Professor

PhD in Business, Baruch College, USA

Mahmud Hossain was a staff accountant at Philips Electronics and taught at University of Memphis, University of Houston-Clear Lake and City University of New York. His research interests include capital market, accounting regulation, auditing and international accounting. Dr. Hossain's research has appeared in Journal of Accounting, Auditing and Finance; Journal of Accounting and Public Policy; Journal of International Accounting Research; Pacific Basin Finance Journal, and Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting. He received the American Accounting Association’s Ohio Region Best Research Paper award. He is a member of American Accounting Association and Canadian Accounting Association.

Dr. Ashraf Khallaf


Associate Professor

PhD in Accounting, Florida Atlantic University, USA

Ashraf Khallaf has taught in accounting and finance departments at institutions such as Florida Atlantic University and the University of Southern Indiana, USA. His areas of teaching interest are accounting information systems, financial accounting, intermediate accounting, advanced accounting and accounting for Islamic financial Institutions. His areas of research interests are capital market research, return on research and development and IT investments, corporate governance, Islamic finance and Islamic accounting standards. He is the 2016 recipient of the Best Teacher Award at the School of Business Administration.

Dr. Feras Salama


Assistant Professor

PhD in International Business/Accounting, University of Texas at El Paso, USA

Feras Salama teaches courses in financial accounting (Principles of Accounting I and Intermediate Accounting II). Prior to his academic career, he worked for CPA firms (performing tax services and working on audit assignments) and publicly traded companies (performing financial analyses). In addition to teaching at AUS, Dr. Salama is a limited partner at an accounting firm in the United States. Dr. Feras is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) licensed from the State of Texas.