Neil H. Buchanan

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

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 Ability-to-Pay Principle and the Counterintuitive Distributive Justice Analysis of Alimony Payments"

July 02, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Jotwell and responds to Alice Abreu's article, "Tax 2018: Requiem for Ability to Pay."

Amicus Brief on South Dakota v. Wayfair

June 24, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan signed an amicus brief regarding the Supreme Court case, South Dakota v. Wayfair.

"Trump Has Taken the Dreamers Hostage. Now What?"

February 22, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek that because Trump issued the order ending DACA, he can extend his arbitrary deadline.

"Should We Arm Schools to the Teeth to Prevent Gun Violence?"

February 20, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about gun violence in the United States.

"Did Roseanne Vote Trump? And Can the Dems Win Her Support?"

February 14, 2018

Neil H. Buchanan writes in Newsweek about the idea of Democrats reconnecting with the people who voted for Donald Trump.