Biography

James L. Chan, Professor Emeritus of Accounting (effective January 1, 2008) at the University of Illinois at Chicago (UIC), served as Professor, the Ernst & Young Professor, head of the Department of Accounting and director of the Office (later Center) for Governmental Accounting Research and Education since he joined the UIC faculty in 1981. He is also Professor by Special Appointment at the Graduate School of the Research Institute of Fiscal Science (Beijing), and has been Consulting Professor at Shanghai University of Finance and Economics and at Xiamen University in China. He was the first Emmet Dedmon Visiting Professor in Public Policy at the University of Chicago’s Harris School, and has held visiting appointments at Tsinghua University (China) and Bocconi University (Italy). The early part of his career was spent at Syracuse University, Arizona State University and the National Council on Governmental Accounting.

Professor Chan founded Research in Governmental and Nonprofit Accounting in 1983 and subsequently edited nine volumes in the series, in addition to serving on several editorial boards. He has written seventy-five articles, book chapters and research reports on government accounting, budgeting and financial management. He co-founded the 20-year-old Comparative International Government Accounting Research (CIGAR) network, and in 1988-89 served as president of the Chinese Accounting Professors Association in North America (CAPANA), and as chairman of the American Accounting Association (AAA) Government and Nonprofit Section, which recently honored him with the Enduring Lifetime Contribution Award.
In 1991, Professor Chan was an Academic Fellow at the U.S. General Accounting Office (now Government Accountability Office), where he was a member of the Comptroller General’s Research and Educational Advisory Panel from 1988 to 2000. He has consulted with major international organizations, the Chinese Ministry of Finance, as well as the Federal Government and several state and local governments in the United States.

Although he recently retired from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Professor Chan intends to be active professionally by continuing his involvement with the CIGAR Network and with the AAA G&NP Section as chairman of its International Committee. He will lecture in China and Europe, write a textbook and a few research monographs, participate in conferences, study history and constitutional law, and do some consulting.

Chan received his Ph.D. (1975), MAS (1973) and BS (1971) from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A native of China and a citizen of the United State, he is married to Susy Chan with two daughters, Jessamine and Audrey, and lives in Oak Park, Illinois.

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