Neil H. Buchanan

Portrait of Neil H. Buchanan
Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Neil H. Buchanan teaches tax law, tax policy, contracts, and law and economics. His research addresses the long-term tax and spending patterns of the federal government, focusing on budget deficits, the national debt, health care costs, and Social Security. He also is engaged in a long-term research project that asks how current policy choices should be shaped by concerns for the interests of future generations. 

Professor Buchanan has held permanent or visiting positions at Rutgers-Newark School of Law, NYU School of Law, and Cornell Law School. He clerked for Judge Robert H. Henry on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit. Prior to attending law school, Professor Buchanan was an economics professor, specializing in macroeconomics, the history of economic thought, and economic methodology. He has held full-time faculty positions in economics at the University of Michigan, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, Barnard College, Goucher College, and Wellesley College. 

Professor Buchanan has published articles in the George Washington Law Review, NYU’s Tax Law Review, Cornell Law Review, and Virginia Tax Review, as well as in the refereed social science periodicals The Journal of Economic Issues and The Journal of Socio Economics. He has also testified before Congress about issues related to tax reform. He has written articles for Tax Notes and Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs. In addition, he is a columnist for "Verdict: Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia," and he publishes twice weekly on the legal blog “Dorf on Law.

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BA, Vassar College; MA, PhD, Harvard University; JD, University of Michigan

In the News

Professor Buchanan in Newsweek

June 18, 2017
Neil Buchanan writes in Newsweek about President Donald J. Trump.

"Can We Blame Obama for Our Environmental Mess?"

June 11, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about a New York Times article "How G.O.P. Leaders Came to View Climate Change as Fake Science."

"Republicans Wriggle on the Hook Making Excuses for Trump"

June 10, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about Comey's testimony and the arguments made by the Republican senators on the committee.

"Do You Have to Commit a Crime to be Impeached?"

June 03, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about what it would take to convince a House Republican to impeach Trump.

"To Impeach or Not to Impeach?"

May 28, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the possibility of Donald Trump being impeached and removed from the presidency.