Robert Mikos

Prof. Robert Mikos

Professor of Law and Director, Program in Law and Government, Vanderbilt University Law School

Rob Mikos specializes in federalism and criminal law issues. His most recent scholarship analyzes the power struggles between the state and federal governments and their implications for law and public policy, addressing issues ranging from marijuana legalization to immigration reform. He has also written on the political safeguards of federalism, accuracy in criminal sanctions, the economics of private precautions against crime, and remedies in private law. Professor Mikos earned his J.D. summa cum laude from the University of Michigan Law School, where he served as articles editor on the Michigan Law Review and won numerous awards, including the Henry M. Bates Memorial Scholarship. After graduation, he clerked for Chief Judge Michael Boudin of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit. Professor Mikos has taught at the University of California at Davis, where he was twice nominated for the school’s Distinguished Teaching Award, as well as at Notre Dame and the University of Michigan. He teaches courses in Federalism, Constitutional Law, Federal Criminal Law, and Drug Law and Policy.

  • J.D. University of Michigan Law School
  • A.B. Princeton University