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

"A Well Deserved Economics Award. But for What Exactly?"

October 16, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about behavioral economics.

"Remember the IRS Scandal? It Was Fake News All Along"

October 10, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about "the IRS scandal" and how the lie behind this non-scandal has been undermined.

"What's the Rush to Fix the Tax System? It Works Just Fine"

October 04, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the U.S. tax system and why it will continue to work "reasonably well."

"That's Why Trump Can Go on Treasure - Yet Celebrate It as Victory" (In Norwegian)

September 29, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan is quoted by VG News about President Trump and tax reform.

"Can Anyone Deny Any More That Trump Is a Racist?"

September 27, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek that in order to appeal to his base, Trump had to criticize African-American athletes.