2018 American Taxation Association Midyear Meeting


Anne L. Christensen
President of the American Accounting Association
Montana State University
Pathways to a Sustainable Future

Anne L. Christensen is a Professor of Accounting in the Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship at Montana State University, where she has served as Director of the Master of Professional Accountancy Program, Director of the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, a member of the Graduate Council, and on the University Service Learning Advisory Board. She was previously a member of the faculty at Portland State University. Anne earned her Ph.D. from the University of Utah.

Anne has published in a number of peer-reviewed journals including Issues in Accounting Education, The Journal of the American Taxation Association, ATA Journal of Legal Tax Research, Advances in Accounting Education, Journal of Business Ethics, Financial Accountability and Management, and Advances in Taxation. She has served on Editorial Boards for Issues in Accounting Education, Accounting Horizons, Journal of the American Taxation Association, and Journal of Accounting Education.

Anne is currently serving as the President of the American Accounting Association (AAA). In the past she served as the AAA Director-Focusing on Segments and on AAA’s Sharpening Our Vision Taskforce I and II. She is a member of AAA’s ABO, ATA, and TLC Sections. During her career she served on AAA Council and as President and Program Chair of the Western Region, as President, Vice President, and Trustee of the ATA, as Chair of ATA’s Publication Committee, ATA/Deloitte Teaching Innovation Awards Committee, Accreditation & Curriculum Issues Committee, Awards Committee, and Nominations Committee. She has served on the AAA Strategic Region Leader Committee as Co-Chair, and as a member of the Council Committee on Awards Committee, Deloitte Wildman Award Committee, AAA Journals Task Force, and AAA Nominations Committee.

Anne has twenty-eight years’ teaching experience and has received twelve awards for academic excellence including Montana State University’s President’s Excellence in Teaching Award and President’s Award for Excellence in Service Learning; the College’s Distinguished Faculty Award and Dean’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Service, and the ATA’s Ray M. Sommerfeld Outstanding Tax Educator Award and the ATA Outstanding Service Award.


Erich Kirchler
Professor of Economic Psychology
University of Vienna, Austria.
The Impact of Power and Trust on Taxpayer Behavior

Erich Kirchler obtained his PhD (1973) from the University of Vienna and his Habilitation (1989) from the University of Linz, Austria. He was Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Economic Psychology and President of Division 9 (Economic Psychology) of IAAP (International Association of Applied Psychology). He was an advisor at the Austrian Science Fund (FWF), president of the International Associations for Research in Economic Psychology (IAREP) and the Austrian Psychological Society (ÖGPs). The major research interest is in household financial decision making and tax behavior. Publications include Conflict and Decision Making in the Private Household (together with Christa Rodler, Erik Hoelzl, Katja Meier; Psychology Press, 2001), The Economic Psychology of Tax Behaviour (Cambridge University Press, 2007), Economic Psychology: An Introduction (together with Erik Hoelzl; Cambridge University Press, 2018) and articles numerous articles in international economics and psychology journals.

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