Best Paper Award

At the beginning of each year, the editor of the AHJ chooses a recipient of the Best Paper Award from the previous year's journals. The recipient(s) receives a plaque and a check for $300. The editor also selects two recipient(s) for Awards of Excellence, these recipients receive a check for $100.

First Place: Plaque and $300
Award for Excellence: $100
Award for Excellence: $100

Congratulations to the 2023 Recipients!

Norval Hawkins: Ford Accountant and Salesman Extraordinaire
Accounting Historians Journal (2022) 49 (2): 59-71

Yvette Lazdowski (University of New Hampshire) and Martin Persson (University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign)



Accounting Historians Journal Award of Excellence:

Diane Roberts (University of San Francisco)

Richard Macve (The London School of Economics and Political Science)

Dale Flesher (University of Mississippi)

Craig Foltin (Cleveland State University)

Gary J. Previts (Case Western Reserve University)

Mary Stone (University of Alabama)

“A Comprehensive Review of the Evolution of Accounting Standards for State and Local Government Pensions and OPEB”

(Accounting Historians Journal, June 2019)


Past Recipients of the Award:

2021      C. Richard Baker (Adelphi University) and Ganesh M. Pandit (Adelphi University) - Historical Development of the Standard Audit Report in the U.S.: Form, Scope, and Renewed Attention to Fraud Detection (Accounting Historians Journal (2021) 48 (1): 31–45)

2020     Ryan P. McDonough (Rutgers The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick), Paul J. Miranti, Jr. (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, New Brunswick), and Michael P. Schoderbek (Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, Newark) – “The Search for Order in Municipal Administration: Herman A. Metz and the New York City Experience, 1898–1909”


2019    Michael Doron (California State University, Northridge) and C. Richard Baker (Adelphi University) - “Bookkeeper-Controller-CFO: The Rise of the Chief Financial and Chief Accounting Officer”


2018     Maria Ryabova (Lomonosov Moscow State University) - “The Account Books of the Soranzo Fraterna (Venice 1406-1434) and their Place in the History of Bookkeeping”


2017     Frances Miley (University of Sussex) and Andrew Read (University of Sussex) - “Choreography of the Past: Accounting and the Writing of Christine de Pizan”


2016     Stephen Zeff (Rice University) - "Accounting Textbooks as Change Agents:  Finney’s Intermediate and Finney and Miller’s Intermediate from 1934 to 1958"

2015     Martin Persson (Western University) and Christopher Napier (Royal Holloway, University of London) - “R. J. Chambers and the AICPA’s Postulates and Principles Controversy: A Case of Vicarious Action”

2014     Richard Fleischman (Emeritus, John Carroll University), Thomas Tyson (St. John Fisher College), and David Oldroyd-McCollum (Durham University) - "The U.S. Freedman's Bureau in Post Civil War Reconstruction" 

2013     Dale L. Flesher, University of Mississippi and Gary J. Previts, Case Western Reserve University - "Donaldson Brown (1885-1965):  The Power of an Individual and His Ideas Over Time."

2012     Jacques Richard, University Paris Dauphine - “The Victory of the Prussian Railway Dynamic Accounting Over the Public Finance and Patrimonial Accounting Models (1838-1884): An Early Illustration of the Appearance of the Second State of Capitalist Financial Accounting and a Testimony Against the Agency and the Market for Excuses Theories"

2011     Jesse Dillard, Portland State University and Linda Ruchala, University of Nebraska-Lincoln -  “Veblen’s Placebo Another Historical Perspective on Administrative Evil”

2010     Warwick Funnell, University of Kent - “On His Majesty’s Secret Service: Accounting for the Secret Service in a Time of National Peril 1782-1806”

2009     Norman B. Macintosh, Queen’s University - “Effective Genealogical History: Possibilities for Critical Accounting History Research”

2008     Valerio Antonelli, Università degli Studi di Salerno, Trevor Boyns, Cardiff Business School and Fabrizio Cerbioni, University of Padua - “The Development of Accounting in Europe in the Era of Scientific Management: The Italian Engineering Conglomerate, Ansaldo, 1918 – 1940”

2007     Charles W. Wootton, Eastern Illinois University and Barbara E. Kemmerer, Eastern Illinois University -  “The Emergence of Mechanical Accounting in the U.S., 1880 – 1930”

2006     Richard K. Fleischman, John Carroll University and Thomas Tyson, St. John Fisher College - “Accounting for Interned Japanese-American Civilians during World War II: Creating Incentives and Establishing Controls for Captive Workers”

2005     Fernando Gutiérrez, Carlos Larrinaga and Miriam Núñez - “Cost and Management Accounting in Pre-Industrial Revolution Spain”

2005     Sarah A. Holmes, Sandra T. Welch and Laura R. Knudson - “The Role of Accounting Practices in the Disempowerment of the Coahuiltecan Indians”

2004     Warwick Funnell - “Accounting and the Pursuit of Utopia: The Possibility of Perfection in Paraguay”

2003     Richard K. Fleischman and R. Penny Marquette - “The Impact of World War II on Cost Accounting at the Sperry Corporation”

2002     Alan J. Richardson - “Professional Dominance:  The Relationship Between Financial Accounting and Managerial Accounting”


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