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About Me

Honors and Awards

2018 Barbara Merino Award for Excellence in History Publication from the Academy of Accounting Historians.

Lifetime Contribution Award: Government and Nonprofit Section-American Accounting Association (2014)

2014 Outstanding Business Reference Resource--Brass Business Reference Sources (RUSA) for Business Scandals, Corruption, and Reform: An Encyclopedia

Professor Emeritus, Texas A&M University, 2014-present

Shelton Professor of Accounting, Texas A&M University, 1993-2014

Peat Marwick Foundation Research Opportunities in Auditing Grant

Phillips Faculty Fellow

Multiple CBA Outstanding Research Awards, TAMU

Multiple Mays, CBA, and Dept. Research Grants, TAMU

Decision Sciences Distinguished Paper in Finance Award and Best Applications Paper

NAA Certificates of Merit for outstanding papers

Life Member, American Accounting Association

Gary Giroux, Ph.D., CPA, Professor Emeritus at Texas A&M University, where he was Shelton Professor of Accounting, before retiring after 36 years. Gary was a writer focusing on accounting, finance and history, with a detour through food and cooking history. He now produces a YouTube channel with his wife Naomi called Food History & Mystery, with a companion book in process. Gary is also a blogger with Median Voter Guy, focusing on politics from the center, based on his frustration with being a political moderate in a dysfunctional political world. Many of the blogs are book reviews that are mainly relevant to politics and society.

Gary wrote or co-authored 10 books, plus 100 or so academic and professional articles including in Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting Research, Accounting, Organizations and Society, Audit: a Journal of Practice and Theory, and Journal of Accounting and Public Policy. His book Accounting History and the Rise of Civilization won the 2018 Barbara Merino Award for Excellence in History from the Academy of Accounting Historians. Gary's most recent book (co-authored with his wife Naomi) is Primordial Soup and Other Ancient Recipes: A History of Food From Cruel Gruel to Delectile Disfunction.

Hobbies include birding, golf (but bad shoulder), stamp collecting and reading. Scuba diving was in the distant past. He hopes to do more travel. He and his wife Naomi plan to show their granddaughter Haylee as much of the world as possible.

Gary was in the army from 1968-71, commissioned in air defense. He served in South Korea as a battery executive officer and Hawk Battalion S-2. The hawk missile batteries were on mountain tops were near the DMZ with North Korea. He met his wife at Fort Bliss in El Paso; she was an Army nurse at nearby William Beaumont Hospital. We have been married over 50 years. 

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Food History & Mystery, with a YouTube channel. Manipulation and busines corruption, especially related to financial statements and other financial analysis issues.


Arizona State University, BS in accounting, minor in economics; graduate work in economics

Political blog: government policy and government accounting issues. These include public choice models and empirical testing, power conflict, executive compensation, and measures of governmental professionalism.


UTEP, MS in economics


Ph.D., accounting, dissertation on commercial bank forecasting

History, especially accounting and history, with particular focus on multi-disciplinary topics, such as economics, political order (political science), psychology, sociology and so on.

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