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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 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

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

Steenhoven, B. (2021). “Vocal Cues and Manager Reporting Goals.”

Rennekamp, K., M. Sethuraman, and B. Steenhoven (2021). “Engagement in Earnings Calls.” (Revising for 3rd Round Submission, Journal of Accounting and Economics)

Rennekamp, K., B. Steenhoven, and B. White (2021). “Vocal Coaching and Firm Disclosures.”

Jackson, S., K. Rennekamp, and B. Steenhoven (2021). “CEO Gender and Responses to Shareholder Activism.”


Teaching Experience

Instructor (NCC 5500 Financial Accounting), Spring 2019
Instructor Rating: 4.96/5.00

Teaching Assistant to Kristi Rennekamp (NCC 5000 Financial Accounting), Fall 2020

Teaching Assistant to Bob Libby (NCC 5000 Financial Accounting), Fall 2018

Teaching Assistant to Mani Sethuraman (NCCY 5000 Financial Accounting), Summer 2018

Teaching Assistant to Kristi Rennekamp (NCCY 5000 Financial Accounting), Summer 2017

Teaching Assistant to Rob Bloomfield (NBAE 5020 Managerial Reporting), Spring 2017


Invited Workshop and Conference Presentations

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



Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship (2019)

Cornell Doctoral Fellowship (2016 – Present)

Other Awards

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

AAA ABO Conference Outstanding Manuscript Award (2019)

Grants & Funding

Dyckman Research Grant (2019)


Professional Experience

Research Assistant to Kristi Rennekamp, Cornell University, August 2018 – Present

Research Assistant to Rob Bloomfield, Cornell University, August 2016 – August 2018

Research Assistant to Ryan Guggenmos, Cornell University, August 2016 – August 2017

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


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 Midyear Meeting, 2018

Reviewer/Discussant, FARS Midyear Meeting, 2018

Elected Ph.D. Program Liaison to Faculty & Administration, Cornell University, 2018-2020

Professional Certifications

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