Neil H. Buchanan

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

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

"So What Is the Debt Ceiling All About Anyway?"

September 07, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan is quoted in PolitiFact about the way in which people or institutions or other governments 'buy' U.S. debt.

"Do You Seriously Think a Hillary Clinton Presidency Would Be Worse Than This?"

September 07, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about an alternate reality of a Clinton victory in 2016.

"Why Do Some Northerners Join the Ku Klux Klan?"

September 02, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek that state of origin sometimes has little bearing on which side Americans back in the Civil War.

"Will Trump Use Arpaio as a Precedent to Pardon Russia Colluders?"

August 30, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan is quoted in Newsweek about Trump issuing a presidential pardon to the former Maricopa County sheriff, Joe Arpaio.

"Why Is the Press Swallowing Trump's Nonsense on Taxes, the Deficit and Economic Growth?"

August 27, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek that on policy matters, reporters give Trump a pass and treat him as perfectly normal.