John R. Brooks

James S. Carpentier Visiting Associate Professor of Law (Fall 2014)


Areas of teaching and research

  • Taxation
  • Harvard Law School, J.D.
  • Harvard University, A.B.

John R. Brooks is an associate professor of law at Georgetown University Law Center. He teaches and writes on tax law and policy. His current research focuses on issues of risk-sharing and insurance across a range of public finance and tax policy issues. He also works on the law and economics of higher education.

Before coming to Georgetown in 2011, Brooks was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Previously, he clerked for Judge Norman H. Stahl of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and practiced tax law at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston.

 Brooks is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law & Economics.

Selected publications

  • "Fiscal Federalism as Risk-Sharing: The Insurance Role of Redistributive Taxation," 67 Tax L. Rev. (forthcoming)
  • "Taxation, Risk, and Portfolio Choice: The Treatment of Returns to Risk Under a Normative Income Tax," 66 Tax L. Rev. 2013
  • “Doing Too Much: The Standard Deduction and the Conflict Between Progressivity and Simplification,” 2 Colum. J. Tax L. 203-246 (2011)