John Elliott “Jeb” Barnes

Expertise Summary
  • Professor of political science
Office: (213) 740-1689

Professor Barnes is a JD/Ph.D. who specializes in the role of courts in American public policy.  He has published numerous books and peer reviewed articles on the ongoing asbestos crisis and injury compensation policy, the political consequences of relying on litigation (versus legislation or regulation) to make public policy and media coverage of the courts.



  • law, politics and public policy in the U.S.
  • politics of legal reform
  • courts and judicial processes
  • civil and criminal justice systems
  • electoral reform

Additional Information

  • Author of Overruled?: Legislative Overrides, Pluralism, and Contemporary Court-Congress Relations (2004); and How Policy Shapes Politics (2015)