David Brunori

David Brunori
Research Professor of Public Policy and Public Administration
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Professor Brunori's CV

Areas of Expertise

  • State and local public finance
  • Federalism and intergovernmental affairs
  • State policy and politics

David Brunori is a journalist, author, educator, and lawyer who specializes in tax and government issues. He is a National Academy of Public Administration fellow as well as an American College of Tax Counsel fellow. Brunori is a senior director at RSM. At GWU, he is a Research Professor at the Trachtenberg School of Public Policy and Public Administration at the George Washington University where he teaches courses in state and local public finance, fiscal federalism, and state politics and policy.  He also teaches state and local tax law at the George Washington University Law School. 

Previously, he was a partner at Quarles & Brady where he specialized in state and local taxation. He also served as the Deputy Publisher at Tax Analysts and as contributing editor to State Tax Notes magazine for which he wrote the Politics of State Taxation, a weekly column focusing on state and local tax and budget politics. He began his career as an appellate trial attorney with the Tax Division of the United States Department of Justice.


MPPM, JD, University of Pittsburgh
BA, MA, The George Washington University


Selected Publications

Local Tax Policy: a Primer (2019) Rowman & Littlefield.

State Tax Policy: a Primer, (2016), Rowman & Littlefield.

Local Tax Policy: a Federalist Perspective,3rd edition, Urban Institute Press (2014),  2nd edition, Urban Institute Press (2007), 1st edition, Urban Institute Press, (2003).

State Tax Policy: a Political Perspective, 3rd edition, Urban Institute Press (2011) 2nd edition, Urban Institute Press (2005), 1st edition, Urban Institute Press (2001). The first edition won the Choice Award for best book in public finance in 2001.

Personal Interests

  • Shark fishing
  • Raising pit bulls
  • Opera

Classes Taught

PPPA 6048  State and Local Public Finance
PPPA 6075  Law and the Public Administrator
PPPA 6085  State Politics and Policy
PPPA 6065  Federalism and Intergovernmental Relations