Barnes_LSA picAfter receiving his law degree from the University of Chicago Law School, Jeb practiced as a commercial litigator in Boston and San Francisco. In 1994, he left the practice of law to pursue a doctorate at the University of California, Berkeley. At Berkeley, he won the prestigious Peter Odegard Memorial Award for the most promising scholar, an Outstanding Graduate Student Instructor Award for teaching excellence, and numerous fellowships, including the Charles Atwood Kofoid Fellowship, the Henry Braden Fellowship, and a Phi Beta Kappa Research Fellowship.

Since coming to USC in 2001, Jeb has published numerous peer-reviewed articles on law, public policy and research methods and five books: How Policy Shapes Politics: Rights, Courts, and Litigation and the Struggle over Injury Compensation (2015) (with Thomas F. Burke), Finding Pathways: Mixed-Method Research for Studying Causal Mechanism (2014) (with Nicholas Weller), Dust Up: Asbestos Litigation and the Failure of Commonsense Policy Reform (2011), Overruled? Legislative Overrides, Pluralism, and Contemporary Court-Congress Relations (2004), and a co-edited volume, Making Policy, Making Law: An Interbranch Perspective (2004). He has been invited to present his work in a wide range of academic and professional settings, including Oxford University, Northwestern University, the Center for the Study of Law and Society at UC Berkeley, the Goldman School of Public Policy, the Aspen Institute, the American Bar Foundation and the Institute of Medicine in Washington, D.C.

In 2003, he was one of five political scientists nationally to receive a two-year Robert Wood Johnson Health Policy Research Fellowship. In 2006, Jeb won the Author S. Raubenheimer Outstanding Junior Faculty Award for teaching, research, and service as well as a university General Education Teaching Award, the departmental Outstanding Teaching Award, and recognition from the USC Parent’s Association for undergraduate teaching and mentoring. He won recognition as “professor of the year” from Gamma Sigma Alpha in 2008. In 2011, he was named a Dornsife Distinguished Faculty Fellow and currently serves as the Vice Chair of the Political Science Department.



Jeb teaches courses on law, American politics and institutional analysis. In his spare time, he enjoys the Southern California sunshine, good food, surfing and spending time with his loving family, Annie, Alexander and Ryan.

Surfing of a different kind… Jeb, 2011