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How the Ultra-Rich Avoid Taxes, and Why it Matters for Our Democracy

Jesse Eisinger is a senior editor and reporter at ProPublica. He is the author of the “ The Chickenshit Club: Why the Justice Department Fails to Prosecute Executives." He serves on the advisory board of the University of California; Berkeley’s Financial Fraud Institute, and he was a consultant on season three of the HBO series “Succession.” He was the lead reporter on “The Secret IRS Files,” a series that explored the tax avoidance techniques of the ultrawealthy, drawing a massive trove of previously never-seen tax records of the richest Americans. It won the Selden Ring and the Barlett & Steele prize, among others.

In April 2011, he and a colleague won the Pulitzer Prize for National Reporting for a series of stories on questionable Wall Street practices that helped make the financial crisis the worst since the Great Depression. He won the 2015 Gerald Loeb Award for Commentary. He has also twice been a finalist for the Goldsmith Prize for Investigative Reporting.

He was also a regular columnist for The New York Times’ Dealbook section. His work has appeared in The New York Times, The Atlantic,, The Washington Post, The Baffler, The American Prospect and on NPR and “This American Life.” Before joining ProPublica, he was the Wall Street Editor of Conde Nast Portfolio and a columnist for the Wall Street Journal, covering markets and finance.

March 3, 2023

Campbell Institute faculty publish award-winning books on a wide range of topics. View a sample of recently published works, or visit the Maxwell School Faculty Bookshelf for more.

The Constitution’s Penman: Gouverneur Morris and the Creation of America’s Basic Charter

Dennis Rasmussen

University Press of Kansas, 2023

Government, United States

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Women and the Common Life: Love, Marriage, and Feminism

Elisabeth Lasch-Quinn, editor

W. W. Norton and Co., 1997


Pandemic Politics: The Deadly Toll of Partisanship in the Age of COVID

Shana Kushner Gadarian, Sara Wallace Goodman, Thomas B. Pepinsky

Princeton University Press, 2022

COVID-19, Government, Political Parties

Shana Gadarian

Gadarian, professor of political science and senior research associate with the Campbell Institute, is the 3rd Maxwell faculty member to earn this prestigious research award in four years.

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This policy brief examines the root causes of partisan polarization in order to propose effective solutions for remedying the damaged political system in the United States.

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This program supports research and teaching on law and politics through hosting research seminars in which scholars present their research and by funding a research assistantship for a political science doctoral candidate each year.
Campbell Conversations

An interview-based public affairs radio program, this half-hour program features extended, in-depth interviews that go beyond and behind the current news cycle to explore important questions concerning public affairs.

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State of Democracy Lecture with Mayor Miner in full Maxwell Auditorium
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Campbell Conversation Spotlight

In the wake of the Buffalo and Uvalde shootings, Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State legislature passed a set of new gun control laws. Then, the U.S. Supreme Court overturned New York's concealed carry permitting process. In response, the governor and the legislature, in a special session, passed another set of laws.

On this episode of the Campbell Conversations, Grant Reeher speaks with NYS Assemblyman Robert Smullen, a Republican representing the 118th assembly district and Senator Rachel May, a Democrat representing the 53rd senate district.

July 9, 2022

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