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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

Lindsay came to the University of Baltimore from Harvard Law School, where he served for two years as a Climenko Fellow and Lecturer in Law. After graduating from Yale Law School in 2002, he clerked for Judge Louis H. Pollak of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. Following his clerkship, Lindsay was awarded a fellowship by the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, where he was a Visiting Scholar from 2003 to 2005. He then practiced federal administrative law and patent litigation at Foley Hoag LLP, in Boston, from 2005 to 2007.

Lindsay writes in the areas of legal history, immigration, and civil rights. His articles have appeared in the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, the University of Cincinnati Law Review, the Yale Journal of Law & Humanities, and Law & Social Inquiry. He is currently completing a doctoral dissertation in United States legal history, on the historical origins and development of the federal immigration power.

Selected Publications

Articles and Essays

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).