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Steven J. Macias

Assistant Professor of Law


Courses Taught:

509 - Constitutional Law
519 - Constitutional Law: Advanced Topics
601 - First Amendment Rights
513A - Legislative and Administrative Process


Prior to arriving at SIU, Steven Macias was Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law. From 2008–2010, he served as a Teaching Fellow at California Western School of Law in San Diego. He teaches primarily in the areas of constitutional law and legislative process.

Professor Macias received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and graduate degrees in law and history from the University of California, Berkeley. He also studied law in the UK at University College London where he received his LL.M. in Legal Theory and History.

Professor Macias’ primary research has centered on the legal history of the early American republic with particular focus on intellectual and cultural contexts. Most recently, he has contributed an essay on early American legal thought to the Blackwell’s Companion to American Legal History. He is now shifting timeframes and turning his attention to a biographical project on Justice James C. McReynolds.

An additional area of research and publication includes the application of critical theory to contemporary issues of sexuality, gender, and family law. In this vein, Professor Macias’ current article examines how privacy law is influenced by, and reinforces, social conceptions of gender.



Room 234
Lesar Law Building
Mailcode 6804
Carbondale, IL 62901
(618) 453-8464