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

"Is There a Reasonable Conservatism That Can Survive Trump?"

October 31, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the Republican Party and "NeverTrump" conservatives.

"'Moderate' Senate Republicans Let Wall Street Have Its Way"

October 30, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about congressional Republicans and why they continue to vote in lockstep to pass an agenda.

"When We Talk About Moderate Republicans, They Are Not Moderate at All"

October 25, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan is quoted in Newsweek about the idea that there are no more moderates in American politics.

"Are You Worried About Being Taxed Twice? Relax"

October 23, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek that Republicans are trying to use taxes to penalize those who vote against them.

"Would Impeaching Trump Set Off a Gun-Toting Citizens' Uprising?"

October 21, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the U.S. gun debate.