Barry Cushman



Affiliated/Concurrent Faculty


John P. Murphy Foundation Professor of Law

Concurrent Professor of Political Science

Concurrent Professor of History



B.A., Amherst College

J.D., M.A., and Ph.D. in History, University of Virginia


Barry Cushman joined Notre Dame Law School in 2012, and teaches and writes in a range of areas, including legal and constitutional history, constitutional law, and trusts & estates.

Professor Cushman received his B.A. from Amherst College, and his J.D., M.A., and Ph.D. in History from the University of Virginia, where he returned to serve as James Monroe Distinguished Professor of Law and Professor of History.

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 in 1998. In 2003, he was honored with the University of Virginia’s All-University Teaching Award. Professor Cushman taught regularly both in the Law School and in the History Department at Virginia, and for several years directed both the Law School’s Program on Legal and Constitutional History and the University’s Joint Degree Program in Legal History.

Before entering law teaching, Professor Cushman practiced as an estate planning and probate attorney with the Los Angeles firm of Riordan & McKinzie. He is a former Samuel I. Golieb Fellow in Legal History at New York University School of Law, and Forbes Visiting Fellow in the James Madison Program in the Department of Politics at Princeton University.

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Office: 3105 Eck Hall of Law
Phone: 574-631-0662

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