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Wednesday, May 29, 2024

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, 2024) 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)  232,561 1 Jonathan Choi (USC) 23,213
2 Daniel Hemel (NYU) 134,318 2 Amy Monahan (Minnesota) 13,095
3 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 129,007 3 Reuven Avi-Yonah (Michigan) 12,089
4 David Gamage (Missouri-Columbia) 129,006 4 Kristin Hickman (Minnesota) 7,125
5 Lily Batchelder (NYU) 128,275 5 Zachary Liscow (Yale) 5,358
6 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 120,561 6 David Gamage (Missouri-Columbia) 4,898
7 David Kamin (NYU) 115,088 7 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 4,323
8 Cliff Fleming (BYU)    109,004 8 Daniel Hemel (NYU) 4,195
9 Manoj Viswanathan (UC-SF) 105,212 9 Kim Clausing (UCLA)     3,909
10 Ari Glogower (Northwestern) 104,881 10 Kyle Rozema (Northwestern) 3,783
11 Rebecca Kysar (Fordham) 104,289 11 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 3,610
12 D. Dharmapala (UC-Berkeley) 53,760 12 D. Dharmapala (UC-Berkeley) 3,567
13 Michael Simkovic (USC) 50,360 13 Darien Shanske (UC-Davis) 3,354
14 Louis Kaplow (Harvard) 43,625 14 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 3,354
15 Paul Caron (Pepperdine) 42,260 15 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 3,018
16 Bridget Crawford (Pace) 40,257 16 Young Ran (Christine) Kim (Cardozo) 2,835
17 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 40,063 17 Jordan Barry (USC) 2,798
18 Jonathan Choi (USC) 38,096 18 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 2,768
19 Robert Sitkoff (Harvard) 35,022 19 Michael Simkovic (USC) 2,689
20 Brad Borden (Brooklyn) 33,597 20 David Weisbach (Chicago) 2,626
21 Ruth Mason (Virginia) 32,417 21 John R. Brooks (Fordham) 2,622
22 Amy Monahan (Minnesota) 32,130 22 Richard Ainsworth (Boston Univ.) 2,540
23 Vic Fleischer (UC-Irvine) 31,035 23 Brian Galle (Georgetown) 2,476
24 Ed Kleinbard (USC) 30,265 24 Ellen Aprill (Loyola-L.A.) 2,225
25 Kim Clausing (UCLA) 30,039 25 Dan Shaviro (NYU) 2,144

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/2024/05/ssrn-tax-professor-rankings.html

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