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Ajay K. Mehrotra

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ABF Director and Research Professor

Joint appointment

Professor of Law, Northwestern University School of Law

Education

B.A., University of Michigan J.D., Georgetown University Ph.D., University of Chicago

Curriculum vitae

Bio

Ajay K. Mehrotra is the Executive Director of the American Bar Foundation. He is also a Research Professor at the ABF and a Professor of Law at Northwestern University’s Pritzker School of Law.…

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Research focus

Tax law; legal history; the relationship between taxation and state formation in historical and comparative contexts


Publications

“From Contested Concept to Cornerstone of Administrative Practice: Social Learning and the Early History of U.S. Tax Withholding,” 7 Columbia Journal of Tax Law 144-68 (2016).
Columbia Journal of Tax Law
“The Curious Beginnings of the Capital Gains Tax Preference,” (with Julia C. Ott) 84 Fordham Law Review 2517-36 (2016)
Fordham Law Review
“A Bridge Between: Law and the New Intellectual Histories of Capitalism,” 64 Buffalo Law Review 1-23 (2016)
Buffalo Law Review

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Presentations

“A Brief History of U.S. Income Tax Withholding: From Contested Concept to Cornerstone of Administrative Practice,” UCLA Law School, Public Finance Colloquium, Los Angeles, CA March 2016
Mar 2016
“New Deal Taxation and the Long Twentieth Century of Progressive Taxation,” Conference on The Constitution and Economic Inequality, University of Texas School of Law, Austin, TX, January 2016
Jan 2016
Author-Meets-Readers Panel for "Making the Modern American Fiscal State"
Dec 2014

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Professional Service & Recognition

  • Distinguished Lecturer, Organization of American Historian Distinguished Lecturer Program, 2015-2018
  • Recipient, 2014 Society for U.S. Intellectual History Annual Book Award (for Making the Modern American Fiscal State)
  • Co-Principal Investigator (with H. Timothy Lovelace), American Society for Legal History Grant (to fund Junior Scholars’ Conference on “Globalization and the Law in Historical Perspective” at Indiana University, Bloomington), 2014-15
  • Co-Field Director (with Isaac Martin), Social Science Research Council, Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program, 2013
  • Academic Leadership Program Fellow, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, 2012-13
  • Leon E. Wallace Teaching Award, Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington, 2010
  • Co-Principal Investigator (with Michael Grossberg), Indiana University New Frontiers in the Arts and Humanities Research Grant, 2008-9 (for year long colloquium on “New Directions in Law & Society Scholarship”)
  • Co-Principal Investigator (with Isaac Martin), American Sociological Association/National Science Foundation Grant for the Advancement of the Discipline, 2006-7
  • Post-doctoral Visiting Scholar Fellowship, American Academy of Arts & Sciences, 2006-2007
  • National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship, 2006-2007 (designated special recognition as part of the NEH’s “We the People Project”)

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