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Dean Joseph Curtis Professor of
LawF. Michael Higginbotham
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 1111

Administrative Assistant: Shavaun O'Brien
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 1112


LL.M., Cambridge University
J.D., Yale University
A.B., Brown University

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

Constitutional Law
Equal Protection
Human Rights
Race Relations

Before joining the faculty in 1988, Higginbotham was a law clerk to United States Court of Appeals Judge Cecil F. Poole, an associate with Davis, Polk and Wardwell in Washington, D.C., and a lecturer in law at the University of Pennsylvania Law School. He has published articles in numerous law reviews including in the New York University Law Review, University of Hawaii Law Review,Howard University Law Journal, and the University of Illinois Law Review.

Higginbotham is the co-founder of the Fannie Angelos Program for Academic Excellence and is the former President of the Public Justice Center, the former chair of the Maryland Attorney General's Task Force on Electronic Weapons, and the former chairperson of the Association of American Law Schools Committee on Recruitment and Retention of Minority Faculty. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar. For more information, visit his website.

Selected Publications

Books and Book Chapters

Book, Ghosts of Jim Crow: Ending Racism In Post-Racial America, New York University Press (February 2013)

Casebook, Race Law: Cases,Commentary, and Questions , (Fourth Edition), Carolina Academic Press ( June 2015)

Articles and Essays

Editorial, America's Racial Soul, Baltimore Sun A15 (June 9, 2016)

Article, An Open Letter From The Original Cause Lawyer, 35 La Verne Law Review 205. (July 2014).

Editorial, Race-Based Affirmative Action Still Necessary, New York Times (online) (April 27, 2014)

Editorial, Jackie Robinson, the Moderate Radical, Baltimore Sun A 21 (April 15, 2014)

Article, An Open Letter From Heaven to Barack Obama, 32 University of Hawaii Law Review 1 (April 2010)

Articles on Social Science Research Network

Recent Media

Guest, CNN Tonight (Discussing Executive Order On Immigration), CNN Television (February 9, 2017)

Panelist, Book TV (Discussing Racial Equality), C-SPAN Television (August 23, 2016)

Moderator, After Words (Discussing Politics With Joy Reid), C-SPAN Television (September 12, 2015)

Guest, The Last Word (Discussing Voting Rights). MSNBC Television (May 21, 2014)