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

"Why Can't Departing Republican Lawmakers Express Their Regrets?"

November 16, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the 25 members of the House who will not be back in January. 

"This Is What True Republican Tax Reform Would Look Like"

November 14, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek on how changes to the tax code could hit various groups of taxpayers. 

"What Is the Deep State? Civil Servants and the Military Obeying the Rule of Law"

November 07, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about how the gun control debate has raised the question of loyalty of government employees.

"Even More Tax Cuts for the Rich Isn't Tax Reform"

November 04, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the latest in tax reform.

"What If Trump Called on Americans to Violently Resist His Impeachment?"

November 03, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about President Trump and how far he will go to stay in power.