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Barry Cushman

John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law, Professor of Political Science, Professor of History, University of Notre Dame
Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1995
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law, 1986
M.A., 1986, University of Virginia
B.A., Amherst College, 1982

Barry Cushman is John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law and Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Notre Dame Law School. He joined Notre Dame in 2012 following 15 years on the faculty at the University of Virginia, where he was the James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of History. Cushman’s scholarship examines the relations among constitutional law, political economy, and social reform movements in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His book, Rethinking the New Deal Court: The Structure of a Constitutional Revolution (Oxford University Press), was awarded the American Historical Association's Littleton-Griswold Prize in American Law and Society.

Cushman has taught in a wide variety of subject-matter areas, including constitutional law, property, trusts and estates, estate and gift taxation, estate planning, American intellectual and cultural history, and numerous courses and seminars in American legal and constitutional history. In 2003, he was honored with the University of Virginia’s All-University Teaching Award. At Notre Dame, Cushman also holds appointments in the Department of History and the Department of Political Science.

Before entering teaching, Cushman practiced as an estate planning and probate attorney with the Los Angeles firm of Riordan & McKinzie. He has held research fellowships at New York University School of Law and in the Politics Department at Princeton University, and has served on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the American Society for Legal History.


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