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

"The Poor Nevertrumpers. Nowhere to Go But Home."

September 20, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about Trump supporters and why they voted for him.

"Campus Rape and Why Liberals are to Blame for Trump's Election"

September 16, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek that some conservatives say people are not responsible for their moral turpitude.

"Why are Schumer and Pelosi Doing Deals with Trump?"

September 12, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the political story regarding President Trump and the negotiations over the debt ceiling. 

"How Could Americans Turn a Blind Eye to Such Blatant Racism, Injustice and Torture?"

September 10, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about Trump's pardon of former Maricopa County (Arizona) Sheriff Joseph Arpaio.

"Why Are Republican Leaders So Angry With Trump? It's Not At All Clear"

September 09, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the relationship between the Republicans and President Trump.