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
U.S. Supreme Court Briefs
"Faster Loan Forgiveness for Disabeled Veterans", coverage by Inside Higher Ed, August 22, 2019, quoting Professor of Law John R. Brooks.
"Student Debt Forgiveness Sounds Good. What Might Happen If The Government Did It?" coverage by NPR, July 10, 2019, quoting Professor John R. Brooks.
"47 States Appeal to Betsy DeVos, Department of Education to Cancel Student Loan Debt for Disabled Veterans," coverage by Newsweek, May 25, 2019, referencing a 2018 piece by Professor John R. Brooks.
"51 attorneys general urge DeVos: Erase disabled veterans' student debt," coverage by Politico, May 24, 2019, referencing a 2018 piece by Professor John R. Brooks.