Tuesday, April 28, 2015
Thomas Brennan (Northwestern) has accepted a tenured lateral offer from Harvard, effective July 2015:
Also trained as a mathematician, Brennan focuses his research on the use of finance and economics to analyze and inform tax policy, as well as the use of empirical methods to investigate the effects of tax laws and the strategic behavior of taxpayers. In addition, he analyzes how finance and economics can inform other areas of the law, with a recent focus on regulations designed to limit risk, and he applies mathematical methods to gain insight into the theory of finance.
“Tom is a triple-threat: his detailed knowledge of contemporary finance and tax, his talent for integrating doctrinal and empirical studies, and his teaching each reveal meticulous and rigorous work and imagination,” said Martha Minow, dean of Harvard Law School. “His rigorous, empirical study of a wide range of subjects – from tax law to judicial decisions – yields important analyses of policy effectiveness and powerful lessons for law students, practitioners, policymakers, and scholars. Plus his generosity and kindness pervade his teaching and his collegiality. We are thrilled to welcome this wonderful alum to our faculty.”
Prior to teaching at Northwestern University School of Law, Brennan was an assistant professor of law at the Drexel University School of Law. He was a visiting scholar affiliated with the Laboratory for Financial Engineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan School of Management and a lecturer in the finance and economics department of the Boston University School of Management.
Before entering academics, Brennan worked as a strategist in the Capital Markets Strategies Group of Goldman, Sachs & Co. and as an associate in the tax department of Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP.
Brennan received his J.D. from Harvard Law School in 2001. He also holds a Ph.D. in Mathematics from Harvard University. He received his undergraduate degree in Mathematics from Princeton University.