Faculty Profiles

Kirk Stark

Kirk J. Stark

Harry Graham Balter Professor of Law
B.S.F.S. Georgetown, 1989
J.D. Yale, 1994
UCLA Law faculty since 1996

Kirk Stark is the Harry Graham Balter Professor of Law.  He teaches Federal Income Taxation, Taxation & Distributive Justice, Financing State and Local Government, and the first-year Property course. In addition, he serves as faculty coordinator of the UCLA Colloquium on Tax Policy & Public Finance, an interdisciplinary workshop designed to explore leading research on taxation. Professor Stark was elected Professor of the Year by the law school graduating classes of 1999 and 2002. He received the University Distinguished Teaching Award in 2003 and the Law School's Rutter Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2008.

Professor Stark’s research focuses on taxation and public finance, with a particular emphasis on state and local tax policy and U.S. fiscal federalism. His recent work has examined fiscal disparities among the states, the federal government’s role in state tax reform, and the question of how best to allocate fiscal responsibilities among federal, state and local governments.  In addition, Stark is the author of the recent book War and Taxes (with Steve Bank and Joe Thorndike), a political history of U.S. tax policy during wartime, as well as two leading casebooks, Federal Income Taxation (with William Klein, Joseph Bankman and Daniel Shaviro) and State and Local Taxation (with Walter Hellerstein, John Swain and Joan Youngman).

Professor Stark has testified several times on state and local tax policy before the California state legislature and has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Tax Association, a nonpartisan organization founded in 1907 to promote the study of tax policy and public finance. In 2008, he was a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, and he served as Vice Dean for Faculty Development at UCLA School of Law from 2010-2013.