Professor of Law and Director, Program in Law & Government, Vanderbilt University Law School
Robert Mikos is one of the nation's top emerging scholars of federalism. His most recent scholarship analyzes the overlooked--and often harmful--influence of federal law on the design and enforcement of state policies, including ways in which federal law distorts state criminal proceedings, obstructs state supervision of risky behavior, and undercuts state efforts to control state law enforcement agents. He has also written on the political safeguards of federalism, accuracy in criminal sanctions, drug law reforms, the economics of private precautions against crime, and remedies in private law. Professor Mikos earned his J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as articles editor on the Michigan Law Review and won numerous awards, including the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship. After graduation, he clerked for Chief Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Professor Mikos has taught at the University of California at Davis, where he was twice nominated for the school’s Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as at Notre Dame and the University of Michigan. He joined Vanderbilt's law faculty in fall 2008 and teaches federalism, constitutional law, federal criminal law, and drug law and policy.