Katherine Barnes

Professor of Law; Associate Dean for Programs & Innovation; Director of the Rogers Program on Law and Society; Professor of Economics (courtesy)

Curriculum Vitae

SSRN Published Papers

Representative Publications

  • Is It Fair? Law Professors Perceptions of Tenure, 61 J. Legal Educ. 511 (2012) (co-author, with Elizabeth Mertz).
  • Rulemaking in the Shade: An Empirical Study of EPAs Air Toxic Emission Standards, 63 Admin. L. Rev. 99 (2011) (co-author, with Wendy Wagner & Lisa Peters).
  • Place Matters (Most): An Empirical Study of Prosecutorial Decision Making in Death-Eligible Cases, 51 Ariz. L. Rev. 305 (2009).
  • Against Judgment (reviewing Bernard E. Harcourt, Against Prediction: Profiling, Policing, and Punishing in an Actuarial Age (2007)), 93 Cornell L. Rev. 689 (2008).
  • Is Affirmative Action Responsible for the Achievement Gap Between Black and White Law Students?, 101 Northwestern L. Rev. 1759 (2007). 
  • Assessing the Counterfactual: The Efficacy of Drug Interdiction Absent Racial Profiling, 54 Duke L. J. 1089 (2005).
  • Complete List of Publications


  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, School of Statistics
  • J.D. University of Michigan Law School
    Executive Editor, Journal of Law Reform; Clarence Darrow Scholar
  • M.S.University of Minnesota
  • B.A. Swarthmore College
    Graduated with honors

Work Experience

  • Associate Dean for Programs & Innovation
    James E. Rogers College of Law
  • Professor of Law and Director of the Rogers Program on Law and Society (previously Associate Professor)
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2011 - present
  • Visiting Scholar
    American Bar Foundation, Chicago, Illinois
    Spring 2014
  • Visiting Professor
    Universidad de Los Andes, Santiago, Chile
    Fall 2013
  • Associate Professor and Director of the Rogers Program on Law and Society
    James E. Rogers College of Law
    2007 - 2009
  • Professor of Economics (courtesy appointment) (previously Associate Professor)
    Eller College of Management, University of Arizona
    2007 - present
  • Visiting Associate Professor of Law
    James E. Rogers College of Law, University of Arizona
    Spring 2007
  • Assistant and Associate Professor
    Washington University Law School, Saint Louis, Missouri
    2003 - 2007
  • Law Clerk
    Honorable Sonia Sotomayor, United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, New York, New York
    2002 - 2003
  • Law Clerk
    Honorable Vaughn R. Walker, United States District Court for the Northern District of California, San Francisco, California
    2001 - 2002


  • Law & Society Association
  • American Statistical Association
  • American Association of Law Schools
  • American Law & Economics Association
  • Society for Empirical Legal Studies