Jake Thornock

Jake Thornock

Associate Professor and Robert Smith Fellow,
Accountancy, School of
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Office: 519 TNRB
Phone: 801-422-0828
Email: thornock@byu.edu
Website: http://sites.google.com/view/jakethornock/home


Professor Thornock is an associate professor of accounting in the Marriott School of Management at BYU and holds the Robert Smith Fellowship. He recently joined BYU from the University of Washington, where he was a tenured associate professor of accounting and the PwC Faculty Fellow. At UW, he won numerous awards, including the Smith Award for excellence in research, and the Crockett Award and Fowler Award for educational innovation at UW. He also received a research prize from the Chicago Quantitative Alliance.

Jake has diverse research interests, including interest in taxation, tax havens, earnings information content and information technologies. His research has been accepted for publication at the Journal of Accounting & Economics, Journal of Accounting Research, The Accounting Review, Journal of Finance, Journal of Financial Economics, Contemporary Accounting Research, Review of Accounting Studies, Management Science and Financial Management. Jake's research has been cited or featured in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Business Week, Bloomberg, Fox News, and NPR, and has been presented at the IRS, the SEC and a congressional subcommittee.

Professor Thornock completed his doctoral studies at Kenan-Flagler Business School at the University of North Carolina, where he was awarded the William Delozier Fellowship for Outstanding Doctoral Student. He earned his undergraduate and master's degrees in accounting at BYU. In practice, he worked as a financial advisor for a regional brokerage firm and as a tax accountant. He has also consulted for a large financial company and a small tech startup.


  • PhD, Accounting, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2010
  • MAcc, Accounting, Brigham Young University, 2006
  • BS, Accounting, Brigham Young University, 2006

Selected Publications


    • Associate Professor of Accounting (with tenure), University of Washington 2014 - 2016
    • Assistant Professor of Accounting, University of Washington 2010 - 2014


  • Andrew V. Smith Award for Excellence in Research , University of Washington , 2015
  • National Service Award , AAA, Financial Accounting and Reporting Section , 2015
  • Ron Crockett Award for Innovation in Education , University of Washington , 2014
  • Fowler Award for Special Achievement in Accounting , University of Washington , 2013
  • Outstanding PhD Mentor in Accounting , University of Washington , 2013
  • Third Prize, Annual Academic Competition , Chicago Quantitative Alliance , 2012
  • Delozier Award for Outstanding Doctoral Student , University of North Carolina , 2010


  • Spanish

Professional Citizenship

  • Contemporary Accounting Research Editorial Review Board Member 2017
  • Financial Accounting and Reporting Section, AAA, Board Member July, 2015
  • American Taxation Association, Board Member July, 2014
  • The Accounting Review, Editorial Review Board Member July, 2014