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Associate Professor of LawMatthew Lindsay
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 513

Administrative Assistant: Deborah Pinkham
John and Frances Angelos Law Center, Room 518


M.A., Ph.D. (expected), University of Chicago
J.D., Yale Law School
B.A., University of California, Irvine

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Expertise

American Legal History
Immigration Law

Matthew Lindsay is Associate Professor at the University of Baltimore School of Law, where he teaches Torts, U.S. Legal History, and Legal Analysis.  His scholarship centers on the formation of the modern American constitutional order in the decades between the Civil War and the New Deal, and seeks to bring critical historical perspective to bear on two broad areas of constitutional law: the regulation of noncitizens within the United States, and the contemporary revival of constitutional economic liberty as a constraint on regulatory authority.  Professor Lindsay’s current book project, The Constitution of Foreignness: Immigration, Free Labor, and Race in the United States, 1776–1924, is under contract with Cambridge University Press.  It explores the transformation of American immigration law and policy during the first 150 years of the nation’s history.  His scholarship has appeared in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, Iowa Law Review, Florida Law Review, Harvard Law Review Forum, and Connecticut Law Review, among other journals.  Professor Lindsay has spoken at numerous national academic conferences and blogged about legal history and immigration law at Prawfsblawg and ImmigrationProfBlog.

Professor Lindsay earned a J.D. from Yale Law School and an M.A. in History from the University of Chicago.  Following law school, he clerked for Judge Louis H. Pollak in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, served as a Visiting Scholar at the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and practiced patent and federal administrative law at Foley Hoag LLP.  Before joining the faculty of the University of Baltimore, he served as a Climenko Fellow at Harvard Law School, where he taught legal writing and analysis. 

Selected Publications

Articles and Essays

The Perpetual "Invasion": Past as Prologue in Constitutional Immigration Law, Roger Williams University Law Review (2018) (Symposium on immigration Law in the trump Era) (forthcoming).

The Presumptions of Classical Liberal Constitutionalism, 102 Iowa Law Review 257 (2017).

Disaggregating "Immigration Law," Florida Law Review (2015).

Federalism and Phantom Economic Rights in NFIB v. Sibelius, 82 U. Cin. L. Rev. 687 (2014).

Immigration, Sovereignty, and the Constitution of Foreignness, 45 Conn. L. Rev. 743 (2013).

Immigration as Invasion: Sovereignty, Security, and the Origins of the Federal Immigration Power, 45 Harv. C.R.-C.L.L. Rev. 1 (2010).

In Search of 'Laissez-Faire Constitutionalism', 123 Harv. L. Rev. Forum 55 (2010).

Reproducing a Fit Citizenry: Dependency, Eugenics, and the Law of Marriage in the United States, 1860-1920, 23 Law & Soc. Inquiry 541 (1998).

How Antidiscrimination Law Learned to Live with Racial Inequality, 75 U. Cin. L. Rev. 87 (2006).

Preserving the Exceptional Republic: Political Economy, Race, and the Federalization of American Immigration Law, 17 Yale J. L. & Human. 181 (2005).

Articles on Social Science Research Network

Recent Media

"Due Process and Plenary Power," ImmigrationProf Blog, Symposium on Kerry v. Din (2015).

Comments on Ajay Mehrotra, Making the Modern American Fiscal State: Law, Politics, and the Rise of Progressive Taxation, 1877 -- 1929 (2014), PrawsBlawg (June 2014).