Professor Nicholas R. Bednar ‘16 joined the University of Minnesota Law School faculty in 2023. He specializes in administrative law, executive-branch politics, immigration, and quantitative methods. His research has appeared in the American Political Science Review, the Cardozo Law Review, the George Washington Law Review, and Political Science Research and Methods, among others. He teaches torts and legislation and regulation.
Prior to joining the faculty, Professor Bednar received his PhD in political science from Vanderbilt University, where he was an affiliate of the Center for the Study of Democratic Institutions. He clerked for the Honorable Tracy M. Smith of the Minnesota Court of Appeals and the Honorable John R. Tunheim ‘80 of the United States District Court for the District of Minnesota.
Professor Bednar graduated magna cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School, where he served as Lead Articles Editor of the Minnesota Law Review and received the William B. Lockhart Award for Excellence in Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. He holds a B.A. in political science and history from the University of Minnesota.