Steven Thornburg, Ph.D.


2005, Ph.D. in Business Administration (Accounting),
University of Central Florida, Orlando USA

2000, Master of Business Administration,
University of Central Florida, Orlando USA



A California Native, Prof. Thornburg was also raised in the Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico before moving to Alaska where he received his Accounting Degree (1982) and CPA license (1986).  He practiced extensively in public accounting all along the west coast of the United States before obtaining his masters degree (2000) and PhD (2005) from the University of Central Florida in Orlando.  He spent the next thirteen years at Washington State University in Pullman and the University of Wisconsin in La Crosse before moving to Wenzhou-Kean University in 2018 with his wife, a Chinese national, and their preteen daughter.

Research interests

Dr. Thornburg’s research interests have been critically focused on the role of accounting in US politics, including the interplay between standard setters, large firm oligopolies and corporate interests and their influence over US regulatory institutions.

Selected Publications/scholarly and creative work

Thornburg, S., Komissarov, S. and Rosacker, K. (2017). “Accounting, Politics and Public Pensions in the U.S.”, Accountancy Business and the Public Interest, Vol. 16, pp.87-107.

Thornburg, S. (2013). “Accounting PAC Contributions and Committee Speech during the 107th U.S. Congress”, Accounting and the Public Interest, Vol. 13, pp.172-190.

Thornburg, S. and Roberts R.W. (2008). “Money, politics, and the regulation of Public Accounting Services: Evidence from the U.S. CPA profession and the Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002”, Accounting Organizations and Society, Vol 33, No. 2-3, pp. 229-248.