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Thursday, May 26, 2022

SSRN Tax Professor Rankings

SSRN Logo (2018)SSRN has updated its monthly ranking of 750 American and international law school faculties and 3,000 law professors by (among other things) the number of paper downloads from the SSRN database.  Here is the new list (through May 1, 2022) of the Top 25 U.S. Tax Professors in two of the SSRN categories: all-time downloads and recent downloads (within the past 12 months):

    All-Time     Recent
1 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan)  208,581 1 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 8,882
2 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 125,410 2 Daniel Hemel (Chicago) 5,468
3 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 124,776 3 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 4,128
4 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 124,345 4 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 2,986
5 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 121,615 5 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 2,930
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 114,651 6 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 2,808
7 David Kamin (NYU) 111,916 7 David Gamage (Indiana-Bloom.) 2,733
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    106,965 8 Kim Clausing (UCLA)     2,727
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-Hastings) 103,722 9 Zachary Liscow (Yale) 2,667
10 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 102,810 10 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 2,655
11 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 102,491 11 Kyle Rozema (Washington University) 2,625
12 D. Dharmapala (Chicago) 47,270 12 David Kamin (NYU) 2,623
13 Michael Simkovic (USC) 46,688 13 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 2,590
14 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 39,472 14 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 2,584
15 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 36,790 15 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,008
16 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 34,965 16 Margaret Ryznar (Indiana-Indy)   2,000
17 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 31,815 17 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 1,735
18 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 28,956 18 Ari Glogower (Ohio State) 1,711
19 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 28,526 19 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 1,658
20 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 28,431 20 Francine Lipman (UNLV) 1,609
21 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 27,961 21 Hugh Ault (Boston College) 1,558
22 Jim Hines (Michigan) 26,573 22 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 1,512
23 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 26,272 22 Gregg Polsky (Georgia) 1,435
24 Ted Seto (Loyola-L.A.) 25,559 24 Michael Simkovic (USC) 1,313
25 Katie Pratt (Loyola-L.A.) 25,408 25 Omri Marian (UC-Irvine) 1,246

Note that this ranking includes full-time tax professors with at least one tax paper on SSRN, and all papers (including non-tax papers) by these tax professors are included in the SSRN data.

The other SSRN ranking categories are: 

These rankings, of course, are imperfect measures of faculty scholarly performance -- as are the existing ranking methodologies of reputation surveys, productivity counts, and citation counts. Our modest claim in our article, Ranking Law Schools: Using SSRN to Measure Scholarly Performance, 81 Ind. L.J. 83 (2006) (Symposium on The Next Generation of Law School Rankings), is that the SSRN data can play a role in faculty rankings along with these other measures.  Bill Henderson (Indiana-Bloomington) thinks we are too modest, and that SSRN may provide a better measure of faculty performance than these other methodologies.

For my other articles on what SSRN downloads can tell us about the current state and future of legal scholarship, and about the relationship between scholarship and blogging, see:

For Ted Seto's faculty-wide (and metropolitan area-wide) analysis of these SSRN tax rankings, see:

https://taxprof.typepad.com/taxprof_blog/2022/05/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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