Meet Accounting Professor Michael Moore

Meet Accounting Professor Michael Moore

Michael Moore joined LMU’s Department of Accounting as a professor in residence in 2013. He currently teaches a “Federal Income Tax” course at the undergraduate level and teaches several graduate courses, including “Professional Accounting Research” and “International Tax.” Moore is also director of LMU's Master of Science in Accounting Program, where, among other duties, he oversees the selection of high-quality students for the year-long program.

“I’ve always liked the intellectual process and rigor of a Jesuit education.”

Prior to LMU, Moore worked at the University of California, Riverside where he served as professor of accounting, chair of the Department of Accounting and Information Systems, and director of the Master of Professional Accountancy Program. He’s also taught accounting at USC, Colorado State University and the University of Texas at Austin. From 1997 to 2008, Moore took a break from teaching and was a partner with Hull, Ruhl & Moore in Redondo Beach, but decided to return to academia because he “still had many things he wanted to accomplish.”

After teaching at several large universities, Moore is thrilled to be at the smaller-sized LMU where he believes he can truly make a difference. So far, he’s especially impressed by the accounting students, describing them as “a solid group that’s inquisitive, polite, respectful and eager to learn.”

Originally from Seattle, Moore attended a Jesuit grade school and high school and admits he’s had his eye on LMU for some time. “It’s so nice being back in a Jesuit environment. I’ve always liked the intellectual process and rigor of a Jesuit education.”

As LMU’s new resident tax expert, Moore acknowledges that the world of taxation is pretty chaotic at the moment. The U.S. corporate tax rate is the highest in the world and our system is so revenue driven that every time you want to make changes, you have to make sure it doesn’t impact revenue, he says.

“Everybody wants tax reform but we have yet to develop an effective framework. It’s a pretty politically-charged topic with many issues, particularly with multinational companies.”

Moore earned his Ph.D. and M.S. degrees from Pennsylvania State University and a B.A. degree from the University of Washington. He is a CPA and has published extensively on taxation, accounting and international topics. He is co-author of “U.S. Tax Aspects of Doing Business Abroad,” now in its sixth edition. Aside from teaching, he’s also working on several projects with the Marketing Accountability Standards Board.

Moore resides with his wife in Manhattan Beach and they are in constant touch with their three grown children, all who live in the South Bay. In his spare time, he enjoys outdoor activities, especially running, cycling, and trail racing.