Mario Barnes

Professor of Law

Senior Associate Dean for Academic Affairs
Co-Director, Center on Law, Equality and Race
Joint appointment in Law & Criminology, Law & Society
Faculty Affiliate, Center in Law, Society & Culture

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Constitutional law, criminal law, discrimination law, national security


Professor Barnes writes and teaches in the areas of criminal law, constitutional law, national security law, and race and the law.

Current Courses:

Constitutional Analysis

Prior Courses:

Race & the Law, Evidence, Statutory Analysis, Substantive Criminal Law, National Security Law Seminar, Identity, Crime & Justice, Drug Discovery, Development & Commercialization, Critical Identity Theory, Constitutional Analysis I, Statutory Analysis, Critical Identity Theory & Law Identifying Reading Group, National Security Law, Constitutional Analysis II

Recent Publications

Recent and Upcoming Events

Recent Honors

  • December 2015: Prof. Barnes one of top 20 law professors furthering diversity efforts in legal education, The National Jurist
  • January 2015: 2015 Clyde Ferguson, Jr. Award, Association of American Law Schools, Minority Groups Section.
    The Ferguson Award, the Section’s highest honor, is presented to a senior scholar and recognizes “an outstanding law teacher, who in the course of his or her career has achieved excellence in the areas of public service, teaching and scholarship.” The award is particularly intended for law professors “who have provided support, encouragement, and mentoring to colleagues, students, and aspiring legal educators.”
  • April 2014: Fellow, American Bar Foundation, Chicago, IL
    Accepted nomination, which is extended to less than 1% of lawyers admitted to practice in each jurisdiction in the United States.