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 the Bonfire of Business Regulations is a Big Business Scam"

January 16, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about Trump's embrace of the anti-regulation ideology of his adopted party.

"GOP Myth Number One: Regulations are Stifling our Economy"

January 12, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek that the idea that regulation is bad for the economy and deregulation is good is false.

"Why Democrats Will Be the Big Winners from Trump's Tax Bill"

December 30, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek that Republicans will be penalized by voters for sending money toward rich donors.

"Why Is the Liberal Press Constantly Sniping at the Dems?"

December 20, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the Democratic Party and how it is not in complete agreement about its policy priorities.

"The Trump Tax Plan Is Yet Another Battle in the Class War"

December 12, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the Republicans, and their attempt to change the legal system and the tax code.