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Taxes today: Murphy lecture explores how we got here

February 11, 2016


Professor Robin Einhorn, University of California, Berkeley

Flat tax? Hikes on the wealthy? Middle-class tax burdens? How’d we get to our current tax structure?

Professor Robin L. Einhorn of the University of California, Berkeley, explores the history of U.S. tax policy on Feb. 15 at Tulane Law School. The 4 p.m. lecture, in the Wendell H. Gauthier Appellate Moot Court Room 110 of Weinmann Hall, is free and open to the public, with a reception to follow. 

It is co-sponsored by Tulane Law and The Murphy Institute’s Center for Ethics and Public Affairs at Tulane University.

Einhorn is the Preston Hotchkis Professor in the History of the United States at UC Berkeley, and her work focuses on the complex relationship between Americans and taxation. Her book American Taxation, American Slavery, published by the University of Chicago Press in 2006, explores the continuing influence of slavery on American antipathy towards taxation. 

A graduate of the University of Chicago, she won UC Berkeley’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 2011. She also is the author of Property Rules: Political Economy in Chicago 1833-1872 (1991), and currently is researching the history of federal taxation and geography.

Her lecture, titled “The Long View on American Tax Politics,” focuses on the impact of 19th-century political and geographical influences on modern taxation, examining roots in “a political system structured to privilege Southern preferences, even as the preferences themselves have changed over time.”

For more information, contact Meg Keenan, mkeenan@tulane.edu or 504-862-3236.


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