Academy of Accounting Historians


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.  The Award is given for outstanding biographical research in the discipline of accountancy.  The award includes a plaque and a financial 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.

Self nominations are acceptable.  Each nomination should be accompanied by a paragraph or more detailing why the nominee should be a candidate for the award.  The award can be for a single publication or for a lifetime of biographical work.


Deadline for Nominations: June 2, 2014

Send nominations to: Academy Executive Committee at

Congratulations to the 2013 Recipient!
Stephen P. Walker (University of Edinburgh)

For a collection of biographical works on women accountants in Britain including: Ethel Ayres Purdie: Critical practitioner and suffragist; Philanthropic women and accounting. Octavia Hill and the exercise of ‘quiet power and sympathy’; and Professions and patriarchy revisited. Accountancy in England and Wales, 1887–1914.


Steve Walker trained as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young. He has been Head of Department and Professor of Accounting History at the University of Edinburgh and Professor of Accounting and Head of the accounting and Finance Section at Cardiff Business School. He is editor of Accounting History Review and a former editor of The Accounting Historians Journal. He is a recipient of the Hourglass Award of the Academy of Accounting Historians and is a past-President. Steve has also served as the Convenor of the Accounting History Committee of ICAS and is a former academic fellow of the ICAEW. He currently serves on the editorial boards of a number of journals including: Accounting, Auditing and Accountability Journal; Accounting Historians Journal; Accounting History; Accounting, Organizations and Society; Critical Perspectives on Accounting and European Accounting Review. Stephen has held visiting positions at Dauphine Université-Paris, Deakin University, Glasgow University, Sydney University and Victoria University of Wellington.


Past recipients of the Award:

 2013  Stephen P. Walker, University of Edinburgh
 2012  No Award Presented
 2011  Edward Coffman, Virginia Commonwealth University
 2010  Laurie Barfitt, Western New Mexico University and 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


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