Nicole Stelle Garnett’s research focuses on property, land use, urban development, local government law, and education policy. She is the author of numerous articles on these subjects and of two books, Ordering the City: Land Use, Policing and the Restoration of Urban America (Yale University Press, 2009) and Lost Classroom, Lost Community: Catholic Schools' Importance in Urban America (University of Chicago Press, 2014). At Notre Dame, Garnett also is a Fellow of the Institute for Educational Initiatives and the Senior Policy Advisor for the Alliance for Catholic Education, a program engaged in a wide array of efforts to strengthen and sustain K-12 Catholic schools. From 2008-2010, she served as Provost Fellow at Notre Dame, and, during the Spring 2007 semester, as a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Chicago Law School.
Garnett received her B.A. with distinction in Political Science from Stanford University and her J.D. from Yale Law School. Following law school, she served as a law clerk for the Honorable Morris S. Arnold of the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit and for Associate Justice Clarence Thomas of the United States Supreme Court. Before joining the law school in 1999, she worked for two years as a staff attorney at the Institute for Justice, a non-profit public-interest law firm in Washington, D.C.