A summa cum laude graduate of Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, GA (BA), a cum laude graduate of Harvard Law School, and a graduate with a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, Professor McMahon has a strong interest in the development of fiscal issues in American history. A former Samuel I. Golieb fellow, her current research explores the forces that led to changes in tax policy.
Prior to joining the academic world, Professor McMahon spent several years in the tax field. She worked as a tax attorney at Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP in New York and at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, also in New York. During graduate school, she worked at Nixon, Peabody LLP in Washington, D.C.
Professor McMahon is currently working on a project exploring tax avoidance and its historical impact on the development of the Internal Revenue Code.