Joseph J. Thorndike is director of the Tax History Project at Tax Analysts and an Adjunct Professor at the Northwestern University School of Law. He is a regular columnist for Tax Notes magazine and has also written for the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, Barron’s, Bloomberg, Time.com, the Huffington Post, and various academic journals. Thorndike is a frequent radio and television guest, appearing on shows for National Public Radio, Fox Business, CBS News, and other broadcasters.
Thorndike’s research explores the political economy of American taxation, with a special focus on the 20th century. He is the author (with Steven A. Bank and Kirk J. Stark) of War and Taxes and the editor (with Dennis J. Ventry, Jr.) of Tax Justice: The Ongoing Debate. His new book, Their Fair Share: Taxing the Rich in the Age of FDR, was just published by the Urban Institute Press. His current book project is 1500 Pennsylvania: the U.S. Treasury and the Men Who Made It.
Thorndike holds a Ph.D. and M.A. from the University of Virginia, and a B.A. from Williams College