D. Benjamin Barros
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs
Professor of Law

A.B., Colgate University
J.D., Fordham University School of Law
M.A., University of Maryland, College Park

Phone: 717.541.3976

D. Benjamin Barros is the Associate Dean of Academic Affairs and Professor of Law at Widener's Harrisburg campus. Professor Barros joined Widener in 2004 from the New York office of Latham & Watkins LLP, where his practice focused on international litigation and arbitration. Professor Barros also practiced in the New York office of Debevoise & Plimpton, and was a law clerk to the Honorable Milton Pollack of the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York. During the 2007-08 school year, Professor Barros was a Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law.

At Widener, Professor Barros teaches: Property, Business Organizations, Real Estate Transactions, and Seminars on Takings and Property Theory. His research focuses on property law and theory, property law reform, and takings. Professor Barros served as Associate Dean of Faculty Research and Development from 2011-2014. Professor Barros is active in the Association of American Law Schools, and currently is a member of the AALS Executive Committee. He previously served as Chair of the AALS Committee on Sections and Annual Meeting and of the AALS Property Section. Professor Barros is also active in the Association for Law, Property, and Society. He recently completed a term as President of ALPS, and is now the founding editor of the Journal of Law, Property, and Society, a new journal being published by ALPS.

Professor Barros is a graduate of Colgate University (A.B., 1991) and Fordham University School of Law (J.D., cum laude, 1996), where he was an editor of the Fordham Law Review. After joining the Widener faculty, Professor Barros studied philosophy at the University of Maryland, College Park, earning his M.A. in 2013. In addition to his legal scholarship, Professor Barros occasionally publishes on the philosophy of science.

Selected Recent Publications

  • Negative Causation in Casual and Mechanistic Explanation, 190 Synthese 449 (2013).
  • The Complexities of Judicial Takings, 45 U. Rich. L. Rev. 903 (2011)
  • Home as a Legal Concept, 46 Santa Clara Law Review 255 (Barros ed., April 2010)
  • Toward a Model Law of Estates and Future Interests, 66 Washington & Lee L. Rev. 3 (2009)
  • Property and Freedom, 4 NYU J. L. & Liberty 36 (2009)
  • Legal Questions for the Psychology of Home, 83 Tulane L. Rev. 645 (2009)
  • Group Size. Heterogeneity, and Prosocial Behavior: Designing Legal Structures to Facilitate Cooperation in a Diverse Society, 18 Cornell J.L. & Pub. Pol’y 203 (2008)
  • Natural Selection as a Mechanism, 75 Philosophy of Science 306 (2008). (winner of the 2006 Philosophy of Science Association Graduate Student Essay Prize).
  • Nothing "Errant" About It: The Berman and Midkiff Conference Notes and How the Supreme Court Got to Kelo With Its Eyes Wide Open in Private Property, Community Development, & Eminent Domain (Robin Paul Malloy ed. 2008)
  • Home as a Legal Concept, 46 Santa Clara Law Review 255 (2006)
  • Property (forthcoming, Aspen/Wolters Kluwer, 2015) (with Anna Hemingway)
  • Hernando de Soto and Property in a Market Economy, (Barros ed., Ashgate, 2010)