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Trevor Gardner

Visiting Professor of Law

Trevor Gardner’s research addresses various issues in crime governance with a primary focus on police. He has written extensively on the relationship between federalism and police administration and is developing a separate line of research regarding disparate African American perspectives on police-administered criminal procedure. Trevor’s scholarship has appeared in the Columbia Law Review, the Yale Law Journal, the Stanford Law Review, and the Boston University Law Review.

Trevor graduated from Harvard Law School in 2003 after serving as Co-Editor-in-Chief of the Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal. He went on to work in the Trial Division of the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, litigating juvenile and adult cases from presentment through disposition. After leaving criminal practice for academia, Trevor obtained his Ph.D. from the Department of Sociology at UC Berkeley with a primary focus on sociological theory. His research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, the University of Michigan Interuniversity Consortium for Political and Social Research, the UC Berkeley Institute for the Study of Societal Issues, and the Washington University Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Equity.


University of California, College of Letters & Sciences, Berkeley, CA

PhD, Sociology, Fall 2014

Harvard Law School

JD, June 2003
Co-Editor-in-Chief, Harvard BlackLetter Law Journal

University of Michigan, College of Literature, Science, and the Arts, Ann Arbor, MI

BA with High Distinction, Sociology, May 1999


Washington University in St. Louis, School of Law

Treiman Professor of Law, 2021-2023
Professor of Law, 2021-present
Assistant Professor of Law, 2019-2021
Affiliated Faculty, Department of Sociology
Faculty Fellow, Center for the Study of Race, Ethnicity, and Equity

University of Washington School of Law

Assistant Professor of Law, 2016-2019

New York University School of Law (NYU), New York, NY

Faculty Fellow, 2014-2016

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

Staff Attorney, 2003-2006

Alston and Bird, LLP

Summer Associate, summer 2002

The Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia

Law Clerk, summer 2001

NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund

Paralegal, 1999-2000

Memberships and Professional Affiliations

  • Jotwell Legal Blog (Contributing Deputy Editor)
  • Law and Society Association
  • American Sociological Association
  • Washington DC Bar Association