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 2018 Recipient!
Nohora Garcia (Universidad Nacional de Colombia)

Nohora García is an Assistant Professor in the School of Management and Public Accountancy at the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She earned a Public Accountancy Bachelor, M.Sc. in Economics, and a Ph.D. in Economic Sciences from the Universidad Nacional de Colombia. She is particularly concerned with understanding the singular contributions made by accounting scholars during the a priori golden age accounting research.

Ms. García has been a visiting professor at the University of Mississippi, the University of Queensland, Yale University, Carnegie Mellon University and the University of British Columbia. She has translated English works on accounting theory and accounting history into Spanish.

Nohora has also served as a reviewer for journals such as Accounting Education and Accounting, Economics and Law. At the Universidad Nacional de Colombia, she teaches Accounting Financial Thought and Accounting Theory.

Roberts is Professor of Accounting at the University of San Francisco. She has twice been the Director of the American Accounting Association’s Symposium on Research in Accounting Ethics. Diane is an Associate Editor of Accounting and the Public Interest, the journal of the American Accounting Association’s Public Interest Section, and on the Editorial Board of the journal, Research on Professional Responsibility and Ethics in Accounting. She was awarded the Third Annual Glen McLaughlin Prize for Research in Accounting Ethics by the Oklahoma Center for Accounting Research and a Post-Sabbatical Merit Award by the University of San Francisco. Diane’s project is based on the ninth goal from Professor Emeritus Richard Vangermeersch’s List of 35 Goals: “Accounting historians should expand their horizons to include a broader scope of accounting historical figures like women and various minority groups.” Tentatively titled Women and Minorities in Accounting Occupations in the 1940 US Census, this project will ascertain the extent and nature of women and minority participation in accounting occupations. Diane is the author of several accounting history papers using Census data, most relevantly Women in accounting occupations in the 1880 US Census in Accounting History Review, 2013, and has published in the Accounting Historians Journal.Congratulations to the 2016 Recipient!



Past recipients of the Award:

2017  Gary J. Previts, Case Western Reserve University
2016  Martin Persson, Ivey Business School
2015  Tonya K. Flesher, University of Mississippi
2014  Massimo Sargiacomo, University of Pescara
      Stefania Servalli, University of Bergamo
      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
      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

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

The April 2019 Accounting Historian's Notebook is now available online! View it now!


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