Christopher Mathis

Assistant Professor of Law




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Christopher Mathis is an assistant professor at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law. His scholarship explores critical race theory, access and equity within higher education, and the philosophical assumptions within legal education. More pointedly, he studies the framework and incentive structures within higher education’s environments to identify factors contributing to inequality in our nation’s colleges and universities. His research on these topics spans several legal topics, including constitutional and tort law, education law and policy, and ethics. He primarily uses an empirical design incorporating critical lenses, statistical analysis, and qualitative methodologies. He has received awards from social sciences and education organizations such as the American Bar Foundation, and the Association for the Study of Higher Education.

His work has been published or is forthcoming in several law review and peer-review journals. His most recent work has appeared in the Washington and Lee Law Review, the University of Colorado Law Review, Journal of College Student Development, and Education Sciences, among other outlets. Before joining Maryland Carey Law, Dr. Mathis taught at the University of Iowa College of Law, through its Iowa Law Faculty Fellowship, and at the University of Virginia. He teaches in the areas of torts; administrative law; education law, including higher education; and race and the law.

After receiving his undergraduate degree with honors from Oakwood University, he earned his JD from the University of South Carolina School of Law, where he served on the Journal of Law and Education. He also attained his PhD from the University of Virginia, where he was an American Bar Doctoral Fellow and a Southern Region Education Board Pre-Doctoral Fellow. 


Higher Education Redress Statutes: A Critical Analysis of States' Reparation in Higher Education, 79 Washington & Lee Law Review 1829 (2023).

Higher Education Redress Statutes: A Preliminary Analysis of States' Reparations in Higher Education, 94 University of Colorado Law Review 387 (2023).

An Access and Equity Ranking of Public Law Schools, 74 Rutgers University Law Review 677 (2022).

Does a University's Enslavement History Play a Role in Black Student-White Faculty Interactions? A Structural Equation Model, 11 Education Science 809 (2021) (with Juan C. Garibay).

"It Affects Me in Ways that I Don't Even Realize": A Preliminary Study on Black Student Responses to a University's Enslavement History, 61 Journal of College Student Development 697 (2020) (with Juan Carlos Garibay & Christian West).