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Blake Steenhoven

Assistant Professor


Blake Steenhoven is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

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  • Accounting

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Full Bio

Blake Steenhoven is an Assistant Professor of Accounting at the Smith School of Business at Queen’s University.

He earned his PhD in Management from Cornell University, and also holds an MS in Management from Cornell University and a BBA from the University of Alaska Anchorage.

His research focuses on the judgment and decision making of investors, managers, and other capital market participants in financial disclosure settings, using experimental and qualitative methods. His recent work focuses on verbal and nonverbal behavior in financial communications, with the overarching goal of helping managers communicate more effectively. His research has been published in leading academic journals, including The Accounting Review, Journal of Accounting and Economics, and Journal of Accounting Research.

Before beginning his graduate studies, he worked as an auditor for KPMG in Seattle, Washington, where he is licensed as a Certified Public Accountant.

Academic Degrees

Ph.D. Management
SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University (2021)

M.S. Management
SC Johnson College of Business, Cornell University (2020)

Bachelors of Business Administration
University of Alaska, Anchorage (2014)

Academic Experience

Smith School of Business, Queen’s University
Assistant Professor (2021 - Present)


Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles

Rennekamp, K., M. Sethuraman, and B. Steenhoven (2022). “Engagement in Earnings Conference Calls.” Journal of Accounting and Economics.

Bloomfield, R., Rennekamp, K. M., Steenhoven, B., & Stewart, S. D. (2021). Penalties for Unexpected Behavior: Double Standards for Women in Finance. The Accounting Review In-Press.

Bloomfield, R., Rennekamp, K., & Steenhoven, B. (2018). No System is Perfect: Understanding how Registration‐Based Editorial Processes Affect Reproducibility and Investment in Research Quality. Journal of Accounting Research.

Working Papers

Balakrishnan, K., D. Bernard, K. Rennekamp, and B. Steenhoven. “Public Information, Relative Overconfidence, and Capital Flows.”

Jackson, S., K. Rennekamp, and B. Steenhoven. “CEO Gender and Responses to Shareholder Activism.”

Rennekamp, K., B. Steenhoven, and B. White. “Controlling Emotional Expression in Firm Disclosures.”

Steenhoven, B. “Vocal Cues and Manager Reporting Goals.”

In the Media

Bias and the Glass Ceiling in Finance, Smith Business Insight (August 30, 2022)

Trust, Competence, and Emotion in the Corporate Disclosure Genre, IR Magazine (Summer 2022)

Tapes Tell All: The Hidden Messages in Earnings Calls, Smith Business Insight (September 2, 2021).

When it Comes to Being Aggressive on Wall Street, Women Face a Double Standard, American Accounting Association (April 19, 2021).

The Big-I Analyzes Artificial Intelligence, IR Update (Fall, 2020).

It’s Not What You Said, It’s the Way That You Said It, IR Magazine (Winter, 2021).


Teaching Experience

Queen’s University

COMM 111 Introduction to Financial Accounting, Fall 2021

Cornell University

NCC 5500 Financial Accounting, Spring 2019



Invited Workshop and Conference Presentations

ABO Midyear Meeting (Presenter and Discussant), October 2022 

Midwest Finance Association Annual Meeting (Discussant), March 2022

FARS Midyear Meeting (Discussant), January 2022

ABO Midyear Meeting, October 2021

East Coast Behavioral Accounting Workshop, October 2021

Russell Investments, September 2021

Indiana University, January 2021

Queen’s University, January 2021

Harvard University, January 2021

Tilburg University, January 2021

Cornell University, November 2020

NIRI Investor and Issuer Invitational Forum, September 2020

University of New South Wales, November 2019

ABO Midyear Meeting (Presenter and Discussant), October 2019

Transatlantic Doctoral Conference (Presenter and Discussant), May 2019

FARS Midyear Meeting, January 2019

ABO Midyear Meeting, October 2018

Cornell University, October 2018

FARS Midyear Meeting (Discussant), January 2018


ABO Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation Award, 2022

ABO Conference Outstanding Manuscript Award, 2022

FARS Midyear Meeting Outstanding Discussion, 2022

Classroom Champion for Mental Health, Queen’s University, 2021

Byron E. Grote, MS '77, Ph.D. '81 Johnson Professional Scholarship 

ABO Conference Outstanding Manuscript Award, 2019

Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship, 2019

Dyckman Research Grant, 2019

Cornell Doctoral Fellowship, 2016 – 2021

Certified Public Accountant, State of Washington, 2016 – Present


External Service

  • Editorial Board, Contemporary Accounting Research, 2023-Present
  • Ad Hoc Reviewer
    • The Accounting Review
    • Accounting Horizons
    • The European Accounting Review
  • Reviewer, FARS Midyear Meeting, 2022
  • Reviewer Hawaii Accounting Research Conference, 2022
  • Reviewer, ABO Research Conference, 2021
  • Reviewer, FARS Midyear Meeting, 2021
  • Reviewer, FARS Midyear Meeting, 2020
  • Reviewer, Hawaii Accounting Research Conference, 2019
  • Reviewer/Discussant/Moderator, ABO Midyear Meeting, 2019
  • Reviewer, FARS Midyear Meeting, 2019
  • Reviewer, ABO Research Conference, 2018
  • Reviewer/Discussant, FARS Midyear Meeting, 2018

Internal Service

  • Member, Commerce Exams Working Group, Queen’s University, 2022
  • Member, PhD/MSc Awards Adjudication Committee, Queen’s University, 2021-Present
  • Elected Ph.D. Program Liaison to Faculty & Administration, Cornell University, 2018-2020


Professional Experience

  • Audit Associate, KPMG (Seattle, WA), October 2014 – July 2016
  • Research Technician, UAA Institute of Social and Economic Research (Anchorage, AK), January 2014 - April 2014
  • Finance Intern, ConocoPhillips (Anchorage, AK), May 2013 - November 2013

Professional Certifications

  • Certified Public Accountant, State of Washington (2016 – Present)