Thomas J. Burns Biographical Research Award

The Academy of Accounting Historians annually honors an individual as the recipient of the Thomas J. Burns Biographical Research Award. Dr. Thomas J. Burns, for whom the award is named, was a long-time professor at Ohio State University and a past president of the Academy of Accounting Historians. The Award is given for outstanding biographical research in the discipline of accountancy and can be for a single publication or for a lifetime of biographical work. Each nomination should be accompanied by a paragraph or more detailing why the nominee should be a candidate for the award. The award includes a plaque and a financial award.

Award: Plaque and $500

Send nominations to: Academy Executive Committee at

Congratulations to the 2016 Recipient!
Martin Persson (Ivey Business School)

Martin E. Persson is an Assistant Professor of Managerial Accounting and Control at the Ivey Business School. He holds a BSc in Accounting, an MSc in Accounting, Organizations and Institutions from London School of Economics, and a PhD in Accounting from Royal Holloway University of London. Martin's research interests are broadly within the field of critical accounting research and accounting history. He is particularly interested in people, ideas, and institutions from the 1900s and is currently focusing on the development of economic models and calculative practices as well as classical accounting theory and measurement issues. His research interests have taken him to various archives, such as those found at the Universities of Northwestern, Columbia, and Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Martin has published several articles in the Accounting Historians Journal, Accounting History, and Meditari Accountancy Research, and he has served as an ad-hoc reviewer for journals such as Accounting History Review, Accounting, Auditing & Accountability Journal, and European Accounting Review. He has also published an edited book with Routledge, as part of their Studies in the Development of Accounting Thought Series, and has another book forthcoming. At Ivey Business School, Martin teaches Financial Fundamentals in the Honors Business Administration program and the research course in the Graduate Diploma program. For his teaching, he received the 2015 David G. Burgoyne Teaching Award for Outstanding Commitment to Student Development.

Past recipients of the Award:

2015 Tonya K. Flesher, University of Mississippi
2014 Massimo Sargiacomo, University of Pescara, Stefania Servalli, University of Bergamo and Paolo Andrei, University of Parma
2013 Stephen P. Walker, University of Edinburgh
2012 No Award Presented
2011 Edward Coffman, Virginia Commonwealth University
2010 Laurie Barfitt, Western New Mexico University and Dan Jensen, The Ohio State University
2009 E. Richard Criscione, Morehead State University
2008 Stephen A. Zeff, Rice University
2007 Donald E. Tidrick, Northern Illinois University
2006 Richard G. Vangermeersch, University of Rhode Island
2005 Dale L. Flesher, University of Mississippi

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

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