Rachel Barkow is the Charles Seligson Professor of Law and the faculty director of the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at New York University. She served on the United States Sentencing Commission between 2013 and 2019, and since 2010 has been a member of the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office Conviction Integrity Policy Advisory Panel. Barkow has been awarded the NYU Distinguished Teaching Award, Podell Distinguished Teaching Award from NYU Law School, and has been elected into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and the American Law Institute. Professor Barkow has written a book entitled, Prisoners of Politics: Breaking the Cycle of Mass Incarceration. She has also authored numerous articles on topics spanning from the relationship between federalism and criminal law to the role of prosecutors in the criminal justice system.
Barkow has been invited to present her work before the House of Representatives Subcommittee on Commerce, Trade, and Consumer Protection; United States Sentencing Commission; National Association of Sentencing Commissions Conference; the Federal Judicial Center’s National Sentencing Policy Institute; and the Judicial Conference of the Courts of Appeals for the First and Seventh Circuits. She clerked for Judge Laurence H. Silberman on the District of Columbia Circuit, and Justice Antonin Scalia on the U.S. Supreme Court.