Mihir A. Desai, who currently serves as the Mizuho Financial Group Professor of Finance, the Senior Associate Dean for Planning and University Affairs, and the Chair of Doctoral Programs at Harvard Business School, has accepted a joint appointment to the faculty of Harvard Law School as a tenured Professor of Law.
An expert in tax policy, international finance and corporate finance, Desai was a visiting professor at HLS in 2009. A recipient of the Student Association Award for teaching excellence from the HBS Class of 2001, he will continue to teach in the General Management Program and various Executive Education Programs at HBS. He will also continue to co-teach a Public Economics course at Harvard College.
Said HLS Dean Martha Minow: “We at the law school are simply delighted to welcome Mihir Desai, one of the world’s leading experts on the appropriate design of tax policy in global settings. His expertise includes the links between corporate governance and taxation, the globalization of firm activities, and empirical effects of tax and economic policies. He is a superb teacher, as the students at Harvard Business School well know, and as our own students learned when he was a visiting professor here recently. His participation in our community has already enriched discussions among our strong faculty in tax law and policy, corporate governance, and finance. With his joint appointment, his gifts as an interlocutor, and his superb research and teaching, he will further strengthen the bridge between the Law School and the Business School.”