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 2023 Award Recipient!

"Price Waterhouse V. Hopkins"
Diane Roberts (University of San Francisco)


Past Recipients of the Award:

  2022     Graeme W. Dean, The University of Sydney, Martin E. Persson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and Massimo Sargiacomo, University G. D'Annunzio Chieti Pescara
  2021     Frank Clarke, Graeme Dean, The University of Sydney, and Martin E. Persson, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  2020     Mikhail Kuter, Marina Gurskaya and Alexander Kuznetsov, Kuban State University
  2019     C. Richard Baker, Adelphi University
  2018       Nohora Garcia, Universidad Nacional de Colombia
  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


The First 40 Years of the Academy of Accounting Historians

Trace the evolution of The Academy of Accounting Historians in a three part series of papers from its founding in 1973 through the 40th Anniversary in 2013. The primary purpose of this series is to provide information about The Academy of Accounting Historians, the people who have contributed to its establishment and success, and to assist in planning our future role. All three papers were published in The Accounting Historians Journal and can be viewed by clicking the button below. 


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:

The 50th Anniversary Special Edition of The Accounting Historian's Notebook is now available online!

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