National Library of Scotland Scholar Award - Law
Professor Bearer-Friend views taxpaying as a civic act that shapes a citizen's relationship to government. He has published on the use of administrative discretion to shape the civic features of taxpaying, the potential of elective in-kind contributions to government in lieu of cash taxes, and the omission of race and ethnicity from tax data. His recommendation to disaggregate tax data by race was included in President Biden’s Executive Order on Advancing Racial Equity, issued on the first day of Biden’s presidency. He has been cited by the U.S. Treasury Department, in testimony before the Senate Finance Committee and the Joint Economic Committee, and by numerous others. Bearer-Friend’s Fulbright research on the anti-poll tax movement will draw from the National Library of Scotland's unique collection to enrich the transnational understanding of tax filing as a forum for political expression and the use of capitation in tax policy. He is an Associate Professor of Law at GW Law.