Ajay K. Mehrotra
Associate Dean for Research, Professor of Law, and Louis F. Niezer Faculty Fellow; Adjunct Associate Professor of History
In the News
- Co-Principal Investigator, Social Science Research Council, Dissertation Proposal Development Fellowship Program, 2013
- Academic Leadership Program Fellow, Committee on Institutional Cooperation, 2012-13
- Residential Fellow, Indiana University Institute for Advanced Study, Fall 2010
- Visiting Scholar, American Academy of Arts & Sciences (2006-2007)
- National Endowment for the Humanities Faculty Fellowship (2006-2007)
- Doctoral Fellow, American Bar Foundation, Chicago (2001-2003)
- Associate, Structured Finance-Tax Products/Derivative Vehicles, J.P. Morgan Securities Inc. New York (1994-1996)
As a historian and legal scholar, Mehrotra has concentrated his research on the history of American tax law and policy. His writings have appeared in peer-reviewed, interdisciplinary journals, and student-edited law reviews, as well as popular periodicals. He has co-edited and contributed to a collection of essays titled The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009). He also recently completed a book on taxation and American state formation titled Making the Modern American Fiscal State,1877-1929 (New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming). His research has been supported by grants and fellowships from the William Nelson Cromwell Foundation, the American Historical Association, the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
At Indiana, Mehrotra teaches Introduction to Federal Income Tax, Strategic Tax Planning, Tax Policy, and American Legal History. He has received the law school's Leon E. Wallace Teaching Award and Indiana University's Trustees Teaching Award. Mehrotra also supervises independent readings with students interested in tax policy or the history of American law and political economy.
- Making the Modern American Fiscal State: Law, Politics, and the Rise of Progressive Taxation, 1877-1929 (New York: Cambridge University Press, forthcoming).
- The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective (co-edited with Isaac William Martin and Monica Prasad) (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009).
- "From Seligman to Shoup: The Early Columbia School of Taxation and Development," in The Political Economy of Transnational Tax Reform: The Shoup Mission to Japan in Historical Context, eds. W. Elliot Brownlee, Yasunori Fukagai & Eisaku Ide (New York: Cambridge University Press, 2009).
- "From Programmatic Reform to Social Science Research: The National Tax Association and the Promise and Perils of Disciplinary Encounters," (with J. Thorndike) Law & Society Review 45:3 (2011), 593-630.
- "American Economic Development, Managerial Corporate Capitalism, and the Institutional Foundations of the Modern Income Tax," 73 Law & Contemporary Problems 25-62 (Winter 2010).
- "The Price of Conflict: War, Taxes, and the Politics of Fiscal Citizenship," 108 Michigan Law Review 1053-78 (2010) (reviewing War and Taxes by Steven A. Bank, Kirk J. Stark, and Joseph J. Thorndike).
- "Lawyers, Guns & Public Monies: The U.S. Treasury, World War One, and the Administration of the Modern Fiscal State," Law & History Review 28:1 (February 2010), 173-225 (Main article in Forum on "World War I and the Making of the Modern American Fiscal State").
- "The Intellectual Foundations of the Modern American Fiscal State," Daedalus: Journal of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences (Spring 2009), 53-62.