John Robinson

Professor of Accounting and Patricia '77 and Grant E. Sims '77 Eminent Scholar Chair in Business


John R. Robinson is the Patricia ’77 and Grant E. Sims ’77 Eminent Scholar Chair in Business. Prior to joining the faculty at Texas A&M, John was the C. Aubrey Smith Professor of Accounting at the University of Texas at Austin Texas, and he taught at The University of Kansas where he was The Arthur Young Faculty Scholar. In 2009-2010 John served as the Academic Fellow in the Division of Corporation Finance at the Securities and Exchange Commission. He is the recipient of the Henry A. Bubb Award for outstanding teaching, the Texas Blazer’s Faculty Excellence Award, and the MPA Council Outstanding Professor Award. John also received the 2012 Outstanding Service Award from the American Taxation Association (ATA). John served as the 2014-2015 -President (elect) of the ATA and is the ATA’s president for 2015-2016.

John conducts research in a broad variety of topics involving financial accounting, mergers and acquisitions, and the influence of taxes on financial structures and performance. His scholarly articles have appeared in The Accounting Review, The Journal of Accounting and Economics, Journal of Finance, National Tax Journal, Journal of Law and Economics, Journal of the American Taxation Association, The Journal of the American Bar Association, and The Journal of Taxation. John’s research was honored with the 2003 and 2008 ATA Outstanding Manuscript Awards. In addition, John was the editor of The Journal of the American Taxation Association from 2002 through 2005.

Professor Robinson received his J.D. (Cum Laude) from The University of Michigan in 1979, and he earned a PhD in accounting from The University of Michigan in 1981. John teaches courses on individual and corporate taxation and advanced accounting.

Research Interests

Economics of Accounting and Taxation