Contact InformationNicole Stelle Garnett
Professor of Law; Senior Policy Advisor, Alliance for Catholic Education
3155 Eck Hall of Law
B.A. with distinction and honors in Political Science, Stanford
J.D., Yale Law School
Education reform, especially school choice; Catholic education; schools and neighborhoods; schools and social capital
Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America, with co-author Margaret "Peg" Brinig of Notre Dame Law School (University of Chicago Press, 2014)
“Catholic Schools and Broken Windows” (with Margaret Brinig), forthcoming Journal of Empirical Legal Studies (2012)
“A Winn for Educational Pluralism,” 121 Yale L.J. Online 31 (2011)
Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing, and the Restoration of Urban America (Yale University Press, 2009)
“Affordable Private Education and the Middle Class City,” 77 University of Chicago Law Review 205 (2010)
Suburbs as Exit, Suburbs as Entrance, 106 MICHIGAN LAW REVIEW277 (2007)
The Neglected Political Economy of Eminent Domain, 105 Michigan Law Review 101 (2006)
Nicole Stelle Garnett’s teaching and research focus on property, land use, urban development, local government law, and education policy. She is the author of numerous articles on these subjects and of Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing and the Restoration of Urban America (Yale University Press, 2009).
Her most recent book, Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America, represents the culmination of a major empirical research project with Prof. Margaret "Peg" Brinig of Notre Dame Law School. Their work examines the effects of Catholic school closures on urban neighborhoods.
At Notre Dame, Prof. Garnett is also a fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and the Coordinator of Policy for the Institute's Alliance for Catholic Education (ACE). From 2008 to 2010, she served as Provost Fellow at Notre Dame and, during the spring of 2007, as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.
Professor Garnett received her B.A. from Stanford in 1992, where she graduated with honors and distinction in political science. She received her J.D. from Yale Law School in 1995. Following graduation from law school, Professor Garnett served as a law clerk for the Honorable Morris S. Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit (1995-1996) and for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court (1998-1999). Before joining the law school in 1999, she worked for two years (1996-98) as a staff attorney at the Institute for Justice, a non-profit public-interest law firm in Washington, D.C.