John Brooks teaches and writes on tax law and policy, social insurance, and student loans. His research focuses in particular on how tax and other laws manage risk and facilitate risk-sharing in a population.
Before coming to Georgetown in 2011, Professor Brooks was a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer on Law at Harvard Law School. Previously, he clerked for Judge Norman H. Stahl of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit and practiced tax law at Ropes & Gray LLP in Boston. He has also taught at Columbia Law School and Brooklyn Law School.
Professor Brooks is an honors graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Law School, where he was an Olin Fellow in Law & Economics.
Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals
"Redefining Student Debt," a summary of research conducted by Professor John R. Brooks and Professor Adam J. Levitin in The Regulatory Review, April 22, 2021.
"New Stimulus Law Erases a Big Student Loan Forgiveness Catch," coverage by Money, March 11, 2021, featuring Professor John R. Brooks.
"5 law professors who co-signed Elizabeth Warren's wealth-tax bill explain why they support its constitutionality," coverage in Business Insider, March 6, 2021, featuring Professor John Brooks and Professor Brian Galle.
"Federal Student Loan Forgiveness Programs Already Exist. Why Aren't More Borrowers Taking Advantage?," coverage by Money, January 18, 2021, featuring Professor John R. Brooks.