About

 

I use both current and historical data to investigate long run trends in inequality and in the development of state institutions.  I am the Dean for the Social Sciences at New York University and the Julius Silver Professor in NYU’s Department of Politics.  I also have affiliations in NYU’s School of Law, as well as its Department of History.  I am currently completing a book for Princeton University Press tentatively titled The Decline and Rise of Democracy: A Deep History.  Recently, together with Ken Scheve at Stanford, I published Taxing the Rich, a book that charts the evolution of progressive taxation in twenty countries over the last two centuries.  Before that I published States of Credit and Public Debt and the Birth of the Democratic State, two books in which I explored the joint development of representative government and public borrowing in Europe during the medieval and early modern periods.  I have also published a number of articles on these and related topics.  I am currently working on a book under contract for Princeton University Press that will explore the history of government by consent in a global setting, charting the long rise of democracy in Europe in comparison with China, the Middle East, and other world regions.  

Origins of Early Democracy (with Ali Ahmed)

How Large Are the Political Costs of Fiscal Austerity? (with Eric Arias)

Why US Tax Policy Has Not Responded to Rising Inequality   (with Ken Scheve)

Wealth Inequality and Democracy  (with Ken Scheve)

Representation and Consent: Why They Arose in Europe and Not Elsewhere

When Inclusive Institutions Failed: Lessons from the Democratic Revolutions of the Middle Ages