Joel M. Barker

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Office: F-630M

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Phone: +1 (212) 220-8192

Professor Joel Barker joined the BMCC Accounting Department in 2012, having earned his degrees within the CUNY system. These include an Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) in Accounting degree from BMCC and both a Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in Accounting and Economics degree, and Master of Science (M.S.) in Accounting degree from Queens College.

Professor Barker is also a New York State-licensed Certified Public Accountant (CPA) in both New York and Pennsylvania. Prior to accepting a full-time position with BMCC, he taught as an adjunct throughout the CUNY system, including Queens College and York College.

“Teaching seems to be an intrinsic part of my DNA,” as Professor Barker puts it. He is one of the coordinators of BMCC’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program, through which BMCC students are trained to be IRS-certified volunteers providing free tax preparation through the New York City Food Bank. He is also committed to mentoring students and guiding them toward internship opportunities in the field of business and accounting.

Prior to entering academia, Professor Barker gained professional experience in Public Accounting with a focus on Audits and Taxes. His research focus is Individual Taxation and Tax Policies, and he finds the diverse culture at BMCC in unison with both his experience as an accountant and his background as a CUNY student and peer tutor to fellow business and accounting majors.


Aesthetic Education



  • Associate of Applied Science (A.A.S.) Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC/CUNY), Accounting,
  • Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) Queens College, CUNY, Accounting and Economics,
  • Master of Science (M.S.) Queens College, CUNY, Accounting and Economics,

Courses Taught

Research and Projects


  • Billions of Interest-Free Loans to the IRS through Filing Incorrectly on Form W-4, Journal of Economics and Public Finance – Sept. 2018; Vol. 4, No. 3. (co-author Albert Duncan)
  • Transfer Pricing As A Vehicle In Corporate Tax Avoidance, Journal of Applied Business Research (JBAR) – Jan./Feb. 2017; Vol. 33, No. 1. (co-authors Kwadwo Asare, and Sharon Brickman)
  • Billions Lost Yearly to Earned Income Tax Credit: Errors or Fraud? Journal of Business & Economics Research (JBER) – Fourth Quarter 2016; Vol. 14, No. 4. (co-author Chadrick Fredericks)
  • Corporate Inversions: The Migration of Corporate Tax revenues, Journal of Applied Business Research – July/Aug. 2016 edition; Vol. 32, No. 4.
  • FBAR compliance, Journal: Journal of Accountancy – April 2016 edition; Pg. 64 – 70.
  • Benefits of Hybrid Classes in Community Colleges. Author: Joel Barker. Peer Review Journal: Contemporary Issues in Education Research – Third Quarter 2015; Volume 8, Number 3.
  • Facts About FATCA & FBAR From an Individual Perspective, CPA Journal, November 2014; pg. 34 – 38. (co-authors: Barry Cooper)
  • The Promising Role Of Hybrid Learning In Community Colleges: Looking Towards The Future. Contemporary Issues in Education Research – Third Quarter 2014; Volume 7, Number 3. (Co-authors Corinne Crawford, and Achraf Seyam)

Honors, Awards and Affiliations

  • Professor of the Year
    BMCC Student Government Association (SGA), May 15, 2015
  • Mentorship Award
    BMCC Student Government Association (SGA), May 27, 2016

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