Margit F. and Hanns Martin Schoenfeld Scholarship

The Academy of Accounting Historians annually awards an individual or individuals as the recipient or recipients of the Margit F. and Hanns Martin Schoenfeld Scholarship. The purpose of the scholarship is to encourage and support research on the history of accounting by doctoral students and recently appointed accounting faculty. The scholarship was initiated by the generous gift of Dr. Hanns Martin Schoenfeld and Dr. Margit Schoenfeld in recognition of their belief in the importance of historical scholarship to accounting education and research.

A monetary award is available to support research on a doctoral dissertation or develop publications proceeding therefrom by a recent PhD graduate. Qualifying research topics should address the history of accounting. Projects of an international nature and those pursued by scholars whose first language is not English are particularly invited. Applicants must be currently enrolled or have completed a PhD by research within the last five years.

Applicants should submit a full curriculum vitae and a statement (containing a maximum of 1,000 words) which discusses the doctoral research undertaken on the history of accounting, the stage reached and how the award would prove beneficial to the applicant. A short statement from a supervisor should also be submitted in the case of applicants currently enrolled for a PhD.

Award: Plaque and $3,000
Send nominations to: Academy Executive Committee at

Congratulations to the 2016 Recipient!
Michele Bigoni, University of Ferrara

Michele Bigoni holds a PhD in Accounting and  Finance from the University of Ferrara, Italy. He  has been recently appointed as a Senior Lecturer in  Accounting at the Kent Business School,  University of Kent. Previously, Michele was  Lecturer in Accounting at the Queen's  Management School, Queen's University Belfast,  where he has received in 2015 the Head of School  Prize for Research. His research interests cover  private, public sector and not for profit accounting.  Accounting history is a relevant field of interest, where he has focused on the  role of accounting in churches. Michele's research has been published in highly  ranked Anglophone and European journals, two of the most recent publications  appearing in Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal and Critical  Perspectives on Accounting. He has been recognized as one of the "thought  leaders" in the field of accounting history and religion (Cordery, Accounting  History, 2015, p. 447). He is currently interested in investigating the role of  accounting in the exercise of State power from a historical perspective, with two  of the main projects he is carrying out focusing on the Alla Scala Opera House  in Fascist Italy and the University of Pisa in the XVI century Grand Duchy of  Tuscany. Michele is also Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. 



Past recipients of the Award:

2015 Liesel Klemcke, Stockholm Business School, Sebastian Hoffmass, University of Edinburgh, Tania Nunes, University of Sao Paulo

2014 Deborah Anderson, University of Oxford

2013 Krysta Heathcote, University of Johannesburg

2012 Martin Persson, University of London

2012 Miguel Goncalves, University of Minho

2011 Ofelia Pinto, University of Ballarat

2010 No Award Presented

2009 Delfina Gomes, University of Minho

2008 Sonia Granado Suarez, University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

2005 Liesel Klemcke, Stockholm Business School, Sebastian Hoffmass, University of Edinburgh, Tania Nunes, University of Sao Paulo

Letter from the President

This is an exciting time for the Academy as we leverage our successful past to expand our reach as a 21st century global organization.

We have substantially completed the transition from a standalone entity during early 2018 and we are now operating as a section within the American Accounting Association (AAA). A transition team has worked diligently since late 2015 to transfer the operations and dedicated resources of the Academy of Accounting Historians to a section within the AAA structure and we were welcomed at the AAA Centennial meeting in August 2016 as the newest section of the AAA.

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Accounting Historians Journal

First volume was published in 1974. We publish twice a year. Older volumes are available online at AAA Digital Library

Overview of acceptable submissions:

  • History of profession
  • Biography
  • History of accounting change
  • Entity case studies: industries, companies, governmental or NFP entities
  • Development of accounting theory
  • Critical examinations of new or old research
  • Does not have to be old to be a part of our history

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Accounting Historians Notebook

Submissions and any other Notebook editorial matters may be sent to Tiffany Welch, Academy Administrator, at:

The 2018 April Accounting Historian's Notebook is now available online! View it now!