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Annual fees for membership in the Public Interest Section are $20 ($6 for students). Prospective members must first be members of the American Accounting Association

To join the Public Interest section, please contact the AAA staff at

Section Objectives

The Public Interest Section has adopted the following objectives:

  1. Promote interaction among members of the academic and professional communities interested in the interface of accounting with social, economic, ethical and political consequences of corporate activity, and in exploring the social and ethical roles and responsibilities of the accounting profession.
  2. Encourage research in public interest accounting by identifying areas in need of research, providing a forum for the exchange of ideas and findings, and providing opportunities for exposure of research results.
  3. Present programs that create and expand an awareness of the profession's responsibility to society.
  4. Develop and promote educational materials that foster an awareness of social and ethical issues in accounting students.
  5. Encourage interdisciplinary exchanges between accountants and members of other learned groups.


Accounting and the Public Interest (Editorial Policy and Style Information)

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APIRA 2022 Interdisciplinary Accounting Research Webinars
Continuing on from 2021, AAAJ’s 2022 APIRA thought leadership webinars will offer major interdisciplinary accounting research presentations and panel forums. They will be 90 minute webinars on three occasions through 2022. Each live session will also be recorded and available to registrants on the APIRA webpage. You can register now for the first APIRA 2021 event Feb 16, on the APIRA webpage:

2022 Public Interest Section Best Paper Awards

We are pleased to present our 2022 Public Interest Seciton best papers awards to the following recipients:

2022 Joint Midyear Meeting of the AIS and SET Sections
"Who Cares about Sociatl Technology Rists? Analyzing Determinants of Social Technology Risk Prevention"
by Diane J Janvrin, Margarita M Lenk, John Krahel, and Brett Considine 

2022 International Section Midyear Meeting
"Asset Impairment Accounting Decisions and Employee Downsizing in Japan"
by Keishi Fujiyama

2022 American Taxation Association Section Midyear Meeting
"Foreign Aid through Domestic Tax Cuts? Evidence from Multinational Firm Presence in Developing Countries"
by Jeffrey L Hoopes, Daniel Klein, Rebecca Lester, and Marcel Olbert

2021 Forensic Accounting Section Research Conference
"The Unintended Consequences of Auditors' Materiality Disclosures on Whistleblowing Intentions"
by Mac Festa, Megan Marie Jones, Darin Kip Holderness, and Richard A Riley

2022 GIWB Section Midyear Meeting
"Executive Age, Executive Gender and Financial Statement Comparability"
by Shadi Farshadfar, Laleh Samarbakhsh, and Ismat Jahan

2022 PI Section Midyear Meeting
"Technology and Evidence in Non-Big 4 Assurance Engagements: Insights from the COVID-19 Pandemic"
by Lisa Renee Baudot, Elizabeth Altiero Poziemski, and Mouna Hazgui

"Auditors on the Move: The Impact of Phyusical Space on Auditor Professional Identity"
by Erica Pimental

Alternative Accounting Research Network (AARN)

AARN is a global community of interdisciplinary accounting researchers with a commitment to independent, innovative and purposeful research that seeks to address contemporary social and environmental challenges. For more information, please vist: AARN 


Accounting and the Public Interest

Accounting and the Public Interest is an academic journal published by the Public Interest Section of the American Accounting Association. The journal takes the view that accounting activities have societal impact. We welcome research in a wide variety of areas such as, but not limited to: sustainability accounting and reporting; professional and business ethics; corporate social responsibility and governance; regulation; and social justice. We welcome innovative research designs along with more traditional ones. The common thread among this wide array of research areas is the requirement that each study and its findings be grounded in the public interest by situating the study within a historical, social, or political context, and by providing guidance for responsible action.

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Teaching resources on Sustainability and CSR 

(Learn who is teaching Sustainability and CSR, and read their recommendations regarding pedagogical materials!)

  • Irene Herremanns teaches courses in UC’s interdisciplinary degree program in Sustainable Energy Development. Her pedagogical specialties are in accounting, tourism, and environmental management and design.Irene recommends a teaching resource that resides on the UCalgary Blogs platform. It is entitled Sustainability Reports: Making Sense of Sustainability,* and it encompasses modules on: (1) Basics, (2) Sections, (3) Credibility, (4) Performance, and (5) Assurances. It also includes a Glossary of important terms.

Letter from the Chair

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26th Annual Ethics Research Symposium

In conjunction with the Public Interest Section, colleagues across the AAA who are engaged and interested in research and teaching related to Ethics are invited to submit papers, cases, and panel session proposals for presentation at the 26th Annual Ethics Research Symposium. The Symposium will be held in person in San Diego, California on Sunday, July 31st before the AAA Annual Meeting.

The 26th Annual Ethics Research Symposium encourages submissions of all academic research, teaching papers, panel sessions, case studies (with related notes) that address relevant issues in accounting ethics. Submitted research should focus on ethical issues for individuals, companies, government, or society that ultimately inform applications for teaching, business practice, or policy.

The Accounting Exemplar award and the Excellence in Accounting Ethics Education Award will be presented by the Public Interest Section during the Symposium. In addition, the Symposium will recognize other research, including Best Research Paper, Best Innovation for Teaching, Best Paper by a current doctoral student, or Best Paper by an early career scholar (graduation from a doctoral program must have occurred within the last 3 years).

Questions can be sent to the Ethics Research Symposium Co-chairs: Lisa Baudot, UCF ( and Dana Wallace, UCF (

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