Thomas (Tom) Pearson

Tom Pearson
  • Professor of Accounting


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Academic Background

  • New York University, New York, NY – LL.M. (in taxation), 2005
  • University of Denver - Denver, CO - LL.M. (in taxation), 1987
  • Vanderbilt University - Nashville, TN - J.D./ M.B.A., 1984
  • Dartmouth College - Hanover, NH - A.B. (policy studies), 1980

Research Interests

  • International Tax (pubs include the Journal of the American Taxation Association, Journal of Accounting Education, CCH Journal of Asian Pacific Taxation, and Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law).
  • Securities Law (pubs include The North Carolina Journal of International Law and Commercial Law and Stanford Journal of Law Business & Finance).
  • Tax Audits and Penalties (pubs include Taxes and Taxation for Accountants).
  • Compliance with law or professional/ ethical standards (pubs include books, Internal Auditing, Government Finance Review, Accounting Horizons, and Changes).

Selected Publications

Weirich, T., Pearson, T., Churyk, N. (2017 - summer). Accounting and Auditing Research: Tools and Strategies - 9th ed. Wiley.

Rossing, C. P., Pearson, T., Nesimi, A. (2016). Strategic Control of Transfer Pricing. International Transfer Pricing Journal, 223-231.

Plesner Rossing, C. and T. Pearson (2014). Transfer Pricing Knowledge Management Systems. International Transfer Pricing Journal, 21(4), 264-74.

Thomas R. Weirich, Thomas C. Pearson, and Natalie Tatiana Churyk (2013). Accounting & Auditing Research: Tools and Strategies (8th ed). John Wiley & Sons.

Thomas R. Weirich, Natalie Tatiana Churyk, and Thomas C. Pearson (2012). Accounting and Auditing Database Desk Reference (2012). John Wiley & Sons.

Natalie Tatiana Churyk, Thomas C. Pearson, and Thomas R. Weirich (2011). Mastering the Codification and e-IFRS: A Case Approach (2011). John Wiley & Sons.

Daniel, S., Cieslewicz, J., and T. Pearson (2011). State Regulation's Significant Impact on Corporate Governance Practices and Earnings Management. Asia-Pacific Journal of Accounting and Economics.

Pearson, T. (2010). Enron's Banks Escape Liability: Reconsidering the Accounting Profession’s Opposition to Private Party Litigation to Prevent Third-Parties from Assisting in Fraud. Journal of Forensic and Investigative Accounting.

Awards & Honors

  • Hawaii Society of Certified Public Accountants (HSCPA) Achievement in Accounting Education Award 2008 
  • George A. Katz Memorial Award for academic excellence in securities law 2005
  • Beta Alpha Psi Teaching Award (5 times)
  • Shidler MAcc Profesor of the  Semester
  • CBA Teaching Excellence
  • Dennis Ching Teaching Excellence
  • Mortar Board 
  • University of Hawai‘i Board of Regents Medal for Excellence in Teaching (1994)

Professional Background

Academic Work Experience

Professional Work Experience

  • Hospital Corporation of America (human resources, M&A, and legal departments)

Journal Editorial Board Member

  • Graduate Editor, NYU Journal of International Law and Politics, 2004-2005
  • Book Review Editor, Vanderbilt Journal of Transnational Law, 1983-1984

Professional Affiliations and Industry Credentials

  • Certified Public Accountant (Wyoming certificate 1986, currently inactive)
  • Licensed Lawyer (Colorado 1986, currently inactive) 
  • American Taxation Association and American Accounting Association
  • Financial Executives International
  • Hawaii Society of CPAs
  • International Fiscal Association 
  • Various other professional organizations

Additional Information 

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