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 2019 Recipient!
C. Richard Baker (Adelphi University)

Since teaching his first accounting course in 1972, Richard Baker has taught more than one thousand students, many of whom have gone on to become successful CPAs and business executives. His areas of teaching and research interest focus on the regulation, disciplinary practices, ethics and legal liability of the Public Accounting Profession. 


Richard has published over 100 articles in academic and professional journals, as well as chapters in various academic books along with six books dealing with professional accounting topics. He currently serves on the editorial boards of ten academic journals, and is an active member of professional accounting and academic associations in the United States and other countries. 


Past recipients of the Award:

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

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 Schwendeman, Academy Administrator, at:

The April 2020 Accounting Historian's Notebook is now available online!

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