Neil H. Buchanan

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

Neil H. Buchanan currently teaches tax law and tax policy, and he has also taught contracts and law and economics. His research addresses the taxing and spending policies of the federal government, focusing on budget deficits, the national debt, health care costs, and Social Security. He also is engaged in a 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 numerous law reviews as well as in refereed social science periodicals, and he has testified before Congress about issues related to tax reform. He has been a guest lecturer around the world and is sought after for expert commentary on legal, tax, economic, and political issues. He is a featured columnist for Newsweek, a columnist for Verdict, and he publishes twice weekly on the legal blog Dorf on Law.

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BA, Vassar College; JD, University of Michigan; MA, PhD (economics), Harvard University; PhD (laws), Monash University (Australia)

In the News

"How Quickly Will the New Tax Law Affect the Economy?"

February 01, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan is quoted in PolitiFact on whether the tax bill is creating real economic activity.

Professor Buchanan Writes in Newsweek

January 30, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the Republican tax cuts that Donald Trump signed last month.

"The Lost Local Tax Deduction That Undermines Civilized Government"

January 28, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the partisan provision in the tax bill: the limitation on the deduction for state and local taxes.

"Why is the Liberal Press Blaming the Dems for the Shutdown?"

January 26, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the current state of politics for Donald Trump and for Republicans and Democrats in Congress.

"One Way States Can Dodge Trump's Punitive Tax on Democrats"

January 23, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the government shutdown and the tax bill that was signed by President Trump.