Professor Jennifer Taub is a legal scholar and an advocate. She is devoted to making complex business law topics engaging both inside and outside of the classroom. Her research and writing focuses on bank reform, corporate governance, financial market regulation, and white collar crime. Similarly, her advocacy centers on “follow the money” matters –– promoting transparency and opposing corruption.
A recognized authority on the 2008 mortgage meltdown and related financial crisis, Taub is also an emerging expert in white collar crime. She is the co-author with the late Kathleen Brickey of Corporate and White Collar Crime: Cases and Materials, 6th edition, published in 2017 by Wolters Kluwer. Relatedly Taub has appeared on CNN Newsroom as a legal expert to discuss the white collar criminal law aspects of the Special Counsel investigation into the Donald J. Trump campaign.
In the area of banking and financial reform, Taub has testified as an expert before the United States Senate Banking Committee and a United States House Financial Services Subcommittee. Taub's 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. Recognized as accessible and informative, OPH was honored by the Massachusetts Center for the Book as one of the 2015 finalists in the nonfiction category. Other People’s Houses also was favorably mentioned in Nobel Laureate, Robert Shiller’s 2015 edition of Irrational Exuberance.
Taub co-founded the Tax March, which drew more than 100,000 Americans to nationwide rallies on April 15th, 2017, to call on the president to release his tax returns and is presently devoted to tax fairness. In 2017, she received the Vermont Law School, Women’s Law Association Phenomenal Woman Award in the faculty category.
Prior to joining academia, Taub was an associate general counsel with Fidelity Investments. She received her BA degree, cum laude, from Yale University, with distinction in the English major, and her JD, cum laude, from Harvard Law School. She was a visiting professor of law at the University of Illinois College of Law for a one-week short course in March 2015 and a visiting fellow at the Yale School of Management during the 2016 spring semester. She will be a visiting professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law during the 2019 spring semester.
In addition to the book, Other People's Houses, Taub has written extensively on the financial crisis. Her publications include "The Sophisticated Investor and the Global Financial Crisis" in Corporate Governance Failures: The Role of Institutional Investors in the Global Financial Crisis (UPenn Press, 2011) and a case study on American International Group in Robert A. G. Monks and Nell Minow's fifth edition of Corporate Governance (Wiley, 2011). Additional works include a chapter titled "Delay, Dilutions, and Delusions: Implementing the Dodd-Frank Act" in Restoring Shared Prosperity (2013) and a chapter titled "What We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Banking," in the Handbook on the Political Economy of the Financial Crisis (Oxford, 2012). She wrote entries on "Shadow Banking" and "Financial Deregulation" for the Oxford Encyclopedia of American Business, Labor and Economic History (Oxford, 2013) and the chapter "Great Expectations for the Office of Financial Research," in Will it Work? How Will We Know? The Future of Financial Reform (2010). In addition, she has published Reforming the Banks for Good in Dissent (2014). Her article, "The Subprime Specter Returns: High Finance and the Growth of High-Risk Consumer Debt," was published in the New Labor Forum (2015). And, she recently wrote a book chapter on "New Hopes and Hazards for Social Investment Crowdfunding" in Law and Policy for a New Economy (Edward Elgar, 2017).
Professor Taub's corporate governance work often focuses on the role of institutional investors, including mutual funds. Her article "Able but Not Willing: The Failure of Mutual Fund Advisers to Advocate for Shareholders' Rights," published in the Journal of Corporation Law (2009) was initially presented at a conference jointly sponsored by the Yale School of Management's Millstein Center for Corporate Governance and the Oxford Said Business School. Her article titled "Managers in the Middle: Seeing and Sanctioning Corporate Political Spending after Citizens United" was presented at the New York University Law School, Brennan Center for Justice and later published in the NYU Journal of Legislation and Public Policy (2012). Taub's article, "Is Hobby Lobby a Tool for Limiting Corporate Constitutional Rights," was presented at Harvard Law School and later published in a symposium issue of Constitutional Commentary in 2015 on Money, Politics, Corporations, and the Constitution (2015).
Taub has also ventured into the area of legal education and pedagogy. This includes her article "Unpopular Contracts and Why They Matter: Burying Langdell and Enlivening Students," published in the Washington Law Review (2013). She is also the co-author with Martha McCluskey and Frank Pasquale of "Law and Economics: Contemporary Approaches," published in Yale Law & Policy Review (2016).
In addition to scholarly work, Professor Taub has written pieces for a variety of blogs including Slate, the CNN opinion page, the New York Times Dealbook, The Baseline Scenario, Race to the Bottom, Pareto Commons, The Conglomerate, and Concurring Opinions. She has been interviewed by the National Law Journal, New York Times, Guardian, WSJ MarketWatch, Money, Politico, Bloomberg, CBSNews.com, National Public Radio, Marketplace Radio, New England Public Radio, Vermont Public Radio, and other national and regional media outlets. She served as chair of the Section on Financial Institutions and Consumer Financial Services for the 2017 AALS annual meeting. Taub is also on the board of nonprofit organizations The Association for the Promotion of Political Economy and the Law (APPEAL), Free Speech for People, and the Society of Investment Law.