Cynthia Blanthorne

  • Professor and MS Accounting Director
  • Accounting
  • Phone: 401.874.4363
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  • Office Location: 225, Ballentine




  • Ph.D. Accounting, Arizona State University, 2000.
  • Master of Taxation, Arizona State University, 1995.
  • Bachelor of Accountancy, New Mexico State University, 1990.
  • Certified Public Accountant (CPA), 1991.

Dr. Cynthia Blanthorne is a Professor of Accounting. Dr. Blanthorne is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and began her career in the tax department of Arthur Andersen and Company. Dr. Blanthorne earned a Master of Taxation and Ph.D. from Arizona State University. She primarily teaches income tax accounting, including individual taxation, the taxation of business entities and owners, and a tax research seminar. She also enjoys teaching introductory financial accounting.

Dr. Blanthorne conducts behavioral tax research and educational research. She has published research in academic journals (e.g. Accounting, Organizations and Society and Decision Sciences); educational journals (e.g. Issues in Accounting Education); as well as technical tax and practitioner journals (e.g. Journal of Legal Tax Research and The CPA Journal). She currently serves on the Editorial and Advisory Board of Issues in Accounting Education.

Selected Publications

Selected Publications

Blanthorne, C., H. Burton and D.G. Fisher. 2013. The aggressiveness of tax professional reporting: Examining the influence of moral development. Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research 16: 149-181.

Blanthorne, C. and M. Higgins. 2009. Tax relief, or lack thereof, for the long-term care costs of the aging population in America. Journal of Legal Tax Research 7: 99-120.

Blanthorne, C. and S. Kaplan. 2008. An egocentric model of the relations among the opportunity to underreport, social norms, ethical beliefs, and underreporting behavior. Accounting, Organizations and Society 33: 684-703.

Blanthorne, C., S.E. Kovar and D.G. Fisher. 2007. Accounting educators’ opinions about ethics in the curriculum: An extensive view. Issues in Accounting Education 22 (3): 355-390.

Blanthorne, C., L.A. Jones and E.D. Almer. 2006. Why you should consider SEM: A guide to getting started. Advances in Accounting Behavioral Research 9: 179-207.