Robin L. Einhorn

Preston Hotchkis Professor in the History of the United States
Office Hours: 
Tuesday, 2:30–4 p.m. (Spring 2018)
3211 Dwinelle
(510) 642-5419

A.B., University of Chicago
Ph.D., University of Chicago

Research Interests: 

United States - Political Economy, Taxation, Cities, Nineteenth Century


Distinguished Teaching Award, 2011.

Representative Publications: 



American Taxation, American SlaveryChicago: University of Chicago Press, 2006.

Read a Special Essay,"Tax Aversion and the Legacy of Slavery"


Property Rules: Political Economy in Chicago, 1833-1872. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1991. Reissued with new Preface, 2001.



"Liberty, Democracy, and Capacity: Lessons from the Early American Tax Regimes," in The New Fiscal Sociology Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective, ed. Monica Prasad, Isaac Martin, Ajay Mehrotra (New York: Cambridge University Press 2009), 155-72.

"Institutional Reality in the Age of Slavery: Taxation and Democracy in the States,Journal of Policy History 18 (2006): 21-43.

"Early Impact of Slavery," in The Reader's Companion to the American Congress, ed. Julian Zelizer. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2004.

"Political Culture," in The Encyclopedia of Chicago, ed. James R. Grossman, et al. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2004.

"Patrick Henry's Case Against the Constitution: The Structural Problem With Slavery," Journal of the Early Republic 22 (2002): 549-73.

"Species of Property: The American Property Tax Uniformity Clauses Reconsidered," Journal of Economic History 61 (2001): 973-1007.

"Slavery and the Politics of Taxation in the Early United States,Studies in American Political Development 14 (2000):197-225.

"The Civil War and Municipal Government in Chicago," in Toward a Social History of the American Civil War: Exploratory Essays, ed. Maris A. Vinovskis. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1990, 117-38.