Professor Maria Ponomarenko teaches and writes in the areas administrative law, local government law, constitutional law, and criminal procedure. Her work focuses in particular on government agencies—such as policing agencies or other local administrative agencies—that operate in domains that fall beyond the reach of traditional administrative law and scholarship.
In addition to her work at the law school, Ponomarenko is co-founder and counsel at the Policing Project, a non-profit based at the NYU School of Law that works in tandem with policing agencies and community groups to promote more effective police governance. She also is an Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law: Policing project.
In 2021, she was named the Stanley V. Kinyon Tenure-Track Teacher of the Year.
Ponomarenko graduated summa cum laude from NYU Law, where she won numerous prizes and fellowships, including the Furman Academic Scholarship, the Robert B. McKay Prize in constitutional law, and the Maurice Goodman Memorial Prize for overall achievement. She also served as an Articles Editor on the NYU Law Review. After graduating from NYU, she clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Posner on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.
Ponomarenko holds a B.A. in History and Economics and an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University.