James Bannister

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Professor, Department Chair

Accounting & Taxation

Barney School of Business
860.768.5301 A 406C

PhD Business Administration, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

MS Accounting, University of Delaware

BS Financial Management, University of Delaware

BS Accounting, University of Delaware

Professor James Bannister is chair of the Department of Accounting and Taxation. He received his undergraduate and masters degrees from the University of Delaware and his doctorate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1988. He has previously taught at the University of Illinois at Chicago. He has published articles in many journals including Accounting Horizons, Journal of Business Finance and Accounting, Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Journal of International Financial Management and Accounting, and Managerial and Decision Economics.

Professor Bannister's research interests include:

  • Impact of corporate structure, governance, and management contracts on strategic decisions and firm performance.
  • Earnings management via accounting accruals and other discretionary reporting choices.

Bannister, J. W., H. A. Newman, and Yan Peng, “Influence of TARP Regulations on Executive Compensation Plans and Corporate Governance of “Exceptional Assistance” Recipients,” International Journal of Disclosure & Governance, Vol. 9, No. 4, (November 2012), p. 285-300.

Bannister, J. W., H. A. Newman, and J. Weintrop, “Tests for Relative Performance Evaluation Based on Assumptions Derived from Proxy Statement Disclosures,” Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting, Vol 37, No 2, (August 2011).

Bannister, J. W. and H. A. Newman, “Disclosure Biases in Proxy Performance Graphs: The Influence of Performance and Compensation Committee Composition,” Review of Accounting and Finance, Vol. 5 No. 1, (2006), pg. 30-44.

Bannister, J. W. and H. A. Newman, "Analysis Of Corporate Disclosures On Relative Performance Evaluation," Accounting Horizons, Vol. 17, No. 3 (September 2003), p. 235-246

Bannister, J. W. and D. Wiest, "Earnings Management and Auditor Conservatism: Effects of SEC Enforcement Actions," Managerial Finance, Vol. 27 No. 12 (2001), pg. 57-71.


2010: Hall of Fame, Northeast Region American Accounting Association
2006: Barney School Teaching Excellence Award

2006–Present: Member, Northeast Region Steering Committee, American Accounting Association
2007: Program Chair, Northeast Regional meeting of the American Accounting Association