Darien Shanske

Darien Shanske Portrait

Position Title

2127 King Hall
1 Shields Avenue, Davis CA 95616


  • J.D., Stanford Law School, 2006
  • Ph.D., Rhetoric, University of California, Berkeley, 2001
  • M.A., Philosophy, McGill University, 1996
  • B.A. magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, Philosophy and History, Columbia University, 1995

Research Focus

Professor Shanske’s academic interests include taxation, particularly state and local taxation, local government law, public finance and political theory, particularly jurisprudence. Some of his current projects are on the local property tax, the state and local fiscal relationship, the fiscal constitution of California, and the role of reciprocity in Aristotle.


  • Grodin, J. R., Shanske, D., & Salerno, M. B. (2016) The California State Constitution (Oxford Commentaries on the State Constitutions of the United States, Oxford University Press.
  • Shanske, D., & Gamage, D. (forthcoming) Tax cannibalization and fiscal federalism in the United States, Northwestern University Law Review.
  • Shanske, D. (2014) Revitalizing local political economy through modernizing the property tax, Tax Law Review
  • Shanske, D. (2014) State-level carbon taxes and the dormant commerce clause: Can formulary apportionment save the world? Chapman Law Review
  • Shanske, D. (2014) Local fiscal autonomy requires constraints: The case for fiscal menus, 25 Stanford Law and Policy Review 9 (invited symposium piece).
  • Shanske, D. (2013) Thucydides and law: A response to Leiter. 19 Legal Theory 282.
  • Shanske, D. (2013) A new theory of the state corporate income tax: The state corporate income tax as retail sales tax complement, 66 Tax Law Review 305.
  • Shanske, D. (2012) The philosophy of tax: A review of David Foster Wallace’s The Pale King, Law, Culture and the Humanities
  • Shanske, D., & Gamage, D. (2012) Three essays on tax salience: Market salience and political salience, 65 Tax Law Review 19.
  • Shanske, D. (2007) Thucydides and the Philosophical Origins of History, Cambridge University Press.