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Jen Taub

Jennifer Taub is a law professor and author whose writing focuses on “follow the money” matters— promoting transparency and opposing corruption. She has testified as a banking law expert before Congress and appeared as a guest legal expert on cable news networks including CNN, MSNBC, and BBC World News America. Taub writes frequent guest columns for the Washington Monthly and Dame, and has written book reviews for the Monthly and for the Washington Post, and op-eds for The AtlanticNewsweek, the New York Times Dealbook, the Washington PostSlate, and CNN.

While wasting time on Twitter, Taub co-founded the Tax March, which drew more than 100,000 Americans to the Capitol and to nationwide rallies on April 15, 2017 to call on the president to release his tax returns. Featured speakers in DC included Congresswoman Maxine Waters and Senator Ron Wyden.

Before joining the legal academy, Taub was an associate general counsel with Fidelity Investments. She earned a BA, cum laude, from Yale College with distinction in the English major, and JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. She is a tenured professor at Western New England School of Law where she teaches Civil Procedure and a variety of business law courses related to contract rights, raising investment capital, and white collar crime. She was the Bruce W. Nichols Visiting Professor of Law at Harvard in fall 2019.

Taub’s most recent book is Big Dirty Money: The Shocking Injustice and Unseen Cost of White Collar Crime (Viking 2020). The paperback edition was published in 2021 by Penguin with the new subtitle: Making White Collar Criminals Pay. Notable reviews include James B. Stewart in the New York Times Book Review, and one in the Washington Post.  John Nichols of the Nation featured it among “three great public intellectuals with books challenging monopoly power, neoliberalism, and corruption.” The Stigler Center at the University of Chicago named Big Dirty Money a top Political Economy Book of 2020 and was short-listed for the Goddard Riverside Stephan Russo Book Prize for Social Justice.

Her first book Other People’s Houses: How Decades of Bailouts, Captive Regulators, and Toxic Bankers Made Home Mortgages a Thrilling Business was published in May 2014 by Yale University Press. The Massachusetts Center for the Book recognized Other People’s Houses as a 2015 finalist in the nonfiction category. Among other praise, Nobel Laureate Robert Shiller favorably mentioned Other People’s Houses in the 2015 edition of Irrational Exuberance.

When Taub is not writing, teaching, or organizing, she’s knitting or going on long walks with Ponzu, her mischievous Bernedoodle.