Brian Galle, Professor, Georgetown University Law Center
Brian Galle is a professor of law at the Georgetown Law Center; previously, he was at Boston College Law School, and before that, he was on the faculty at Florida State University College of Law. His research and teaching interests include taxation, nonprofit organizations, behavioral law and economics, federalism, and public finance economics. He practiced for three years as an attorney in the Criminal Appeals and Tax Enforcement Policy Section of the Tax Division, U.S. Department of Justice, and was a visiting fellow at the Urban/Brookings Tax Policy Center.
Alongside Prof. Adam Levitin and Prof. John Brooks, Prof. Galle is using SLLI’s proprietary datasets to conduct research on how borrowers access critical repayment protections such as income-driven repayment (IDR). Their research explored how intrinsic borrower data points—such as demographic background or assigned student loan servicer—impact enrollment in repayment plans, the cost that borrowers ultimately pay for their loans, and how likely borrowers are to fall into delinquency or default. The scholars then evaluated the role of tax policy in improving broadscale borrower outcomes. This groundbreaking research provides policymakers a roadmap for integrating essential repayment protections to provide better, more accessible protections for student loan borrowers.