Clausing Joins Treasury Department as a Deputy Assistant Secretary

February 1, 2021
UCLA Law Professor Kimberly Clausing

UCLA School of Law Professor Kimberly Clausing has joined the Biden administration as a deputy assistant secretary at the treasury department.

Clausing will focus on tax analysis and policy, lead the Office of Tax Analysis and work to further tax policy development. Her efforts under the leadership of Janet Yellen – the first woman ever to serve as U.S. Secretary of the Treasury – are expected to include promoting recovery and relief during the pandemic, addressing climate change and working to address societal inequities.

The Eric M. Zolt Professor of Tax Law and Policy at UCLA Law, Clausing joined the law school in January and teaches U.S. International Taxation. Her research studies the taxation of multinational firms, examining how government decisions and corporate behavior interplay in an increasingly global world economy. She has published numerous articles in this area, and she wrote the book Open: The Progressive Case for Free Trade, Immigration, and Global Capital (Harvard University Press, 2019).

Clausing’s rich national policymaking experience includes economic policy research with the International Monetary Fund, the Hamilton Project, the Brookings Institution and the Tax Policy Center. She is a nonresident senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and has testified before both the House Ways and Means Committee and the Senate Committee on Finance.

“Kim is among the nation’s leading experts in tax law and policy, and her scholarship is on the cutting edge of the field, with a keen eye on creating progressive, solution-based policies,” says Steven Bank, UCLA Law’s vice dean for curricular and academic affairs and Paul Hastings Professor of Business Law. “The treasury department, like all of us at UCLA Law, is incredibly fortunate to have her on board.”

Clausing joined UCLA Law from Reed College, where she was the Thormund A. Miller and Walter Mintz Professor of Economics. She holds a B.A. from Carleton College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Harvard University.

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