David Hasen, Ph.D., J.D.

Professor of Law

Fredric G. Levin College of Law

2023 Awardee

David Hasen is a distinguished legal scholar and educator who is widely recognized as one of the nation’s leading legal scholars in tax law, with a particular focus on public finance and economic inequality.

“Professor Hasen is one of the rare legal scholars who moves freely between theory and practice, producing scholarship that leverages his expertise in both areas to appeal to academics, practicing attorneys and policymakers,” says Laura Rosenbury, dean emeritus of the Levin College of Law. “His interdisciplinary approach demonstrates his versatility as a scholar, allowing him to influence a wide range of audiences.”

Hasen teaches in both the UF Graduate Tax Program and the J.D. Program. Prior to joining UF, he was a tenured faculty member at the University of Colorado Boulder, teaching various tax courses including federal income tax, international tax and partnership tax. Hasen also spent a year as Professor in Residence at the Office of Chief Counsel at the Internal Revenue Service.

Hasen has published numerous scholarly articles in various publications, including Emory Law Journal, Illinois Law Review, Texas Law Review, Columbia Journal of Tax Law, Florida Tax Review, Tax Law Review, and Virginia Tax Review, among others.

“Professor Hasen has an ambitious research agenda to work on broader public finance and poverty law projects that challenge the traditional sharp divide between the revenue-raising and revenue-spending functions of government,” Rosenbury says. “He also seeks to explore the philosophical, economic, and political consequences of considering governmental spending as wealth-enhancing. These projects provide an exciting and much-needed intervention in the literature on economic inequality.”