Kristen Barnes

Kristen Barnes

Title: Professor of Law
Office: Room 231
Phone: 330-972-7613
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Kristen Barnes is a Professor of Law. Professor Barnes teaches Property, Real Estate Finance, Real Estate Development Law, Land Use Planning, International Human Rights, and Public International Law. She received her B.A. in Political Science from Vassar College, J.D. from Harvard Law School, and Ph.D. in Literature from Duke University. Dr. Barnes has published articles in top law review journals including Duke Journal of Constitutional Law and Public Policy, Harvard Journal of Racial and Ethnic Justice, and Chicago-Kent Law Review. Her scholarship focuses on antidiscrimination law, comparative and international equality law, and constitutional law issues, real estate finance, pensions, and property theory.

The American Bar Foundation awarded Dr. Barnes a residency as a visiting scholar in 2018. She has presented at numerous prestigious conferences such as the American Society of International Law's Midyear Meeting, Harvard Law School's Institute of Global Law and Policy Conference, Fordham Law School's International and Comparative Urban Law Conference, and Arizona State University's Sustainability Conference.

Professor Barnes has served in two AALS leadership roles, including Chair of the Section on Property Law and Chair of the Real Estate Transactions Section. She is a member of the University of California - Berkeley's comparative Law Equality Working Group and a Constitutional Law Faculty Fellow at Akron's Constitutional Law Center. Before entering academia, Professor Barnes practiced commercial real estate law in Chicago and clerked for a federal district court judge in the Northern District of Illinois.