Joseph J. Thorndike is director of the Tax History Project at Tax Analysts. He is a regular columnist for Tax Notes magazine and a frequent contributor to His writing has also appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, the Wall Street Journal, the New York Daily NewsBarron’sBloomberg,, and numerous academic journals.

Thorndike is a frequent radio and television guest, appearing on shows for National Public Radio, Fox News, CBS, 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 of Their Fair Share: Taxing the Rich in the Age of FDR, the coauthor (with Steven A. Bank  and  Kirk J. Stark) of War and Taxes, and the co-editor (with Dennis J. Ventry, Jr.) of Tax Justice: The Ongoing Debate. His current projects include: 1500 Pennsylvania, a history of the United States Treasury Department, and Other People’s Taxes: Avoidance, Evasion, and the Rise of Progressive Taxation.