Published on August 3, 2021 by Morgan Black  
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Brandi Holley, assistant professor of accounting in Samford’s Brock School of Business, served as a workshop presenter for the Academy of Accounting Historians, a subsidiary group of the American Accounting Association. The virtual workshop on July 30 titled “Celebrating Accounting History” was a precursor to the association’s 2021 annual meeting being held Aug. 2-6, 2021.
In her presentation to virtual attendants from around the world, Holley detailed her research process and methodology behind her latest article “The Townsend Journal: Accounting for the Maritime Trade in 1840s Boston Based on B.F. Foster’s Approach” which was published in the Accounting Historians Journal this year. Holley’s co-presenters included Robert Stoumbos, assistant professor of accounting at Columbia University, and Royce Kurtz, American Institute of Certified Public Accounts research and instruction librarian and associate professor at the University of Mississippi, who each presented their own works highlighting the history of accounting.
“I have a passion for the history of accounting, so these presentations are really fun for me,” she said. “Even though the events are all virtual right now, it’s still been great to be a part of them because we’re able to network with other accounting professionals from around the world.”
As the American Accounting Association approaches its 50th anniversary, Holley has been selected as a coauthor for a project which will be a retrospective look at the organization’s history. Her work with accounting professors Stephan Fafatas of Washington and Lee University and Yvette Lazdowski of University of New Hampshire will be published in 2023 to commemorate the organization’s milestone year.
Holley joined the Brock School of Business faculty in 2020. She holds a B.A. in Art History, an M.S. in Taxation, and a Ph.D. in Accountancy from the University of Mississippi.
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