The American Bar Foundation has appointed Ajay K. Mehrotra, PhD'03, as its next director, effective September 1, 2015. The foundation's mission is to serve the legal profession, the public, and the academy through empirical research, publications, and programs that advance justice and the understanding of law and its impact on society.

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Ajay K. Mehrotra, associate dean for research, professor of law, Louis F. Niezer Faculty Fellow, and adjunct professor of history at Indiana University is a legal scholar whose research focuses on the relationship between taxation and American state formation in historical and comparative contexts. He is the author of Making the Modern American Fiscal State: Law, Politics, and the Rise of Progressive Taxation, 1877–1929 (Cambridge, 2013), which received the 2014 Best Book Award from the Society for US Intellectual History. He is the coeditor, with Isaac William Martin and Monica Prasad, of The New Fiscal Sociology: Taxation in Comparative and Historical Perspective (Cambridge, 2009).

“I am deeply honored by the tremendous privilege to be the next director of the American Bar Foundation,” said Mehrotra. "The ABF is not only the preeminent research institute for the empirical and interdisciplinary study of law, it is also the organization that launched my academic career."

Mehrotra completed his dissertation with an ABF Law and Social Science Doctoral Fellowship (2001–03). His committee—William Novak, chair, Kathleen Neils Conzen, and Amy Dru Stanley—passed his dissertation with distinction.