Academy of Accounting Historians


Barbara D. Merino Award for Excellence in Accounting History Publication

This newly established annual award is to recognize the author of the best book on an accounting historical topic published in a given year.  Beginning in 2013, an annual award in the amount of $1000 shall be made to the author of the best book published in the time period 2011-2013.  The winning publication will be based upon the selection of an awards committee established by the leadership of the Academy of Accounting Historians.


Deadline for Nominations: June 1, 2016


Send nominations to: Academy Executive Committee at


Congratulations to the 2015 Recipients!

Warwick Funnell (University of Kent) and Jeff Robertson (Massey University)

Warwick Funnell (University of Kent) and Jeff Robertson (Massey University) were selected as the 2015 recipients of the Barbara D. Merino Award for Excellence in Accounting History Publication for their book, Accounting by the First Public Company: The Pursuit of Supremacy (Routledge, 2014).

Warwick Funnell has worked in universities in Australia and Britain and his research has focused mainly on the history of public sector accountability in both Britain and Australia. He has also been fortunate in developing strong research associations with accounting historians in Italy, Spain and Portugal. Much of his accounting history research has been concerned with the evolution of accountability practices in government and the way in which these have been used as a means to oppress. His paper “Accounting in the Service of the Holocaust” was accepted by Yad Vashem, the Jewish Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem.

Jeff Robertson was born and educated in Cape Town, South Africa, later completing a Masters degree in accounting at Massey University, New Zealand, and a PhD at Wollongong University in Australia. Jeff’s early career was in local government in Cape Town, where he worked as an accountant and auditor. In 1987, Jeff took up a teaching post in Massey University's School of Accountancy where he remained until his recent retirement. Jeff retains a life-long interest in archival history and is currently actively engaged in the transcription of historical genealogical documents.

Past recipients of the Award:

2014  Trevor Boyns (Cardiff University) and John Richard Edwards (Cardiff University), A History of Management Accounting: The British Experience (Routledge, 2013).

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