Neil H. Buchanan

Portrait of Neil H. Buchanan
Professor of Law
2000 H Street, NW
Washington, District Of Columbia 20052

Neil H. Buchanan teaches tax law, tax policy, contracts, and law and economics. His research addresses the long-term tax and spending patterns of the federal government, focusing on budget deficits, the national debt, health care costs, and Social Security. He also is engaged in a long-term 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 the George Washington Law Review, NYU’s Tax Law Review, Cornell Law Review, and Virginia Tax Review, as well as in the refereed social science periodicals The Journal of Economic Issues and The Journal of Socio Economics. He has also testified before Congress about issues related to tax reform. He has written articles for Tax Notes and Challenge: The Magazine of Economic Affairs. In addition, he is a columnist for "Verdict: Legal Analysis and Commentary from Justia," and he publishes twice weekly on the legal blog “Dorf on Law.

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BA, Vassar College; MA, PhD, Harvard University; JD, University of Michigan

In the News

"The Thousand and One Lies of Donald Trump"

May 20, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about how the Trump team is trying to make people believe things that are not true.

"Has Congress Become Trump's Rubber Stamp?"

May 20, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the Republicans' farcical effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act. 

"Legal Scholars Question Trump Attorneys' Analysis of Russia Ties"

May 16, 2017
Neil H. Buchanan is quoted in Tax Analysts about whether Trump's tax returns may reveal ties to Russia.

"Why Is Hillary Held to an Impossible Standard, Even in Defeat?"

May 14, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the attacks aimed at Hillary Clinton by liberals and those in her own party.

Professor Buchanan in Newsweek

May 08, 2017

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about how Trump has used the press to his own advantage.