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
"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.
"Trump administration attempts to 'box in' Biden on student loan forgiveness," coverage in Yahoo Finance, January 16, 2021, featuring Professor John R. Brooks.
"Student loan expert calls repayment system ‘Frankenstein’s monster’," coverage in Yahoo Finance, December 15, 2020, featuring Professor John R. Brooks.
"Canceling student debt without addressing the causes will create ‘same debate’ in a few years: Georgetown Law Professor," coverage in Yahoo Finance, December 14, 2020, featuring Professor John R. Brooks.