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Anu Varadharajan comes to Tulane with a rich professional background and a sharp, real-world focus. She has worked for Ernst & Young in Singapore and spent nine years at PricewaterhouseCoopers LLC. She worries that too many people find “tax people” boring, and works to change her students’ thinking by responding to diverse learning styles and by bringing real-world challenges into the classroom.
Professor Varadharajan teaches tax classes – corporate, individual and legal entities – in the graduate program. Her teaching style is hands-on and geared toward professional skills that apply to real-world situations. Her students come to class thinking in numbers, but through her hands-on instruction and use of the Socratic method, she pushes students to understand the law with respect to taxes and to synthesize their learning. Varadharajan is also interested in tax policy and uses data to determine the impact of tax policy on local communities – like migration data and opportunity zones.
She holds a bachelors in business administration from the National University of Singapore, an MBA from the University of Rochester, in an enrolled agent and a member of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants.