Barbara D. Merino Award for Excellence in Accounting History Publication

This annual award of $1,000 and a plaque is to recognize the author of the best book on an accounting historical topic published in the current or previous two years, i.e., 2019 through 2021. The winning publication will be based upon the selection of an awards committee established by the leadership of the Academy of Accounting Historians.

Award: Plaque and $1,000

Send nominations to: Academy Executive Committee at

Congratulations to the 2020 Recipients!
Kelly Kilcrease and Yvette Lazdowski
(University of New Hampshire - Manchester)

Manchester's Shoe Industry
(2019, The History Press, Charleston, SC)

Dr. Kelly Kilcrease currently serves as an associate professor of business at the University of New Hamp-shire-Manchester. In 2019, he co-published a book on The History of Manchester’s Shoe Industry and Dr. Kilcrease’s next book titled Boston’s Long Wharf – A Path to the Sea will be published in March 2021 and examines the economic and social history of one of the oldest standing structures in the U.S. Dr. Kilcrease has published numerous peer reviewed arti-cles on small business development and business his-tory. The history articles have included subjects ad-dressing the transformation of Manchester’s Amoskeag Mill Yard, the eco-nomic history of Boston’s Long Wharf, Daniel Webster as a farmer, the world’s first business incubator and the oldest company in America, the J.E. Rhodes Company. He received his BS in po-litical science from the University of South Florida and a Ph.D. from the Union Institute and Universi-ty in management and has worked in higher edu-cation for more than twenty-five years.

Dr. Yvette Lazdowski is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at University of New Hampshire-Manchester, where she teaches a variety of cours-es in finance, managerial and financial accounting, as well as fraud and forensic accounting . In addi-tion to holding a Doctorate in Business Admin-istration (DBA) in Accounting, Dr. Lazdowski is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA), Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE), Certified Management Accountant (CMA) and Certified Financial Manager (CFM). She has over 20 years’ experience in corporate account-ing, information systems, and management. Her most recent interest is in the area of corporate fraud, and the promotion of the CFE certification for homeland security and other students pursuing career opportuni-ties in forensic accounting and fraud examination. 

Dr. Lazdowski’s primary area of research is in accounting and business histo-ry. Lazdowski was awarded the Alfred R. Roberts Memorial Research Award in 2013 for her study of accounting history, including extensive research and a doctoral dissertation on the early accounting history of the Ford Motor Compa-ny in Dearborn, Michigan. She currently serves as the Treasurer and is Presi-dent-Elect of the Academy of Accounting Historians section of the American Accounting Association (AAA), and is actively involved in several other sec-tions of the AAA, previously serving as President of the Northeast Region of the American Accounting Association in 2015-2016. 

Dr. Lazdowski is a longtime resident of New Hampshire, and an avid support-er of the accounting profession in the state. She lives with her husband in central New Hampshire, where they enjoy outdoor activities and family vacations.

Past recipients of the Award:

2019: Kelly L. Williams (Middle Tennessee State University) and Howard Lawrence (University of Mississippi)
2018: Gary Giroux (Emeritus, Texas A&M University)
2017: Martin Persson (Western University)
2016: Gary Spraakman (York University)
2015: Warwick Funnell (University of Kent) and Jeff Robertson (Massey University)
2014: Trevor Boyns (Cardiff University) and John Richard Edwards (Cardiff University)

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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