Steven Dean

Steven Dean

Professor of Law
250 Joralemon St
Brooklyn, NY 11201
(718) 780-7939
J.D., Yale Law School
B.A., Williams College
Areas of Expertise
Social Enterprise
Tax Avoidance
Tax Expenditures
Tax Havens
Tax Policy


Steven Dean has been a professor at Brooklyn Law School since 2004. His work focuses on the causes and consequences of inequality both domestically and globally, with a particular focus on tax policy and an emphasis on anti-Black racism.

In addition to law review articles and essays in journals such as the NYU Law Review and the Emory Law Journal, Dean has written for a range of publications including The Nation. In his forthcoming book Global Jim Crow: Taxation and Racial Capitalism (Oxford University Press 2023) Dean explains how racial bias helped create and continues to sustain a global tax system that favors wealthy states. He has coauthored three books with other Brooklyn Law professors: For-Profit Philanthropy (Oxford University Press forthcoming) and Social Enterprise Law: Trust, Public Benefit and Capital Markets (Oxford University Press 2017) with Dana Brakman Reiser and Federal Taxation of Corporations and Corporate Transactions (Aspen Publishers 2018) with Brad Borden. He hosted the podcast The Tax Maven. He has testified before the U.S House Ways and Means Committee and been a consultant to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Dean serves as Co-Director of the Dennis J. Block Center for the Study of International Business Law. He has also served as Vice Dean at Brooklyn Law School and, while a Visiting Professor of Law at New York University School of Law, as Faculty Director of its Graduate Tax Program. He serves on the board of the National Tax Association and serves the American Bar Association as a member of the Diversity Committee of its Tax Section and a member of the Editorial Board for its journal, The Tax Lawyer. He serves the New York State Bar Association as a member of the Executive Committee of its Tax Section and as a member of its Professional Ethics Committee.

Dean graduated from Yale Law School and earned his undergraduate degree in Political Economy at Williams College. He previously practiced tax law at Debevoise & Plimpton and Cravath, Swaine & Moore. Before law school he worked with KPMG’s transfer pricing group.