Maria Ponomarenko

  • Associate Professor of Law
  • University of Chicago, B.A., M.A.
  • Stanford University, Ph.D.
  • New York University School of Law, J.D.

Office: 348
Mondale Hall, 229 19th Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Professor Maria Ponomarenko joined the law school faculty in Fall 2019. She teaches and writes in the areas administrative law, constitutional law, and criminal procedure. Her work focuses in particular on government agencies—such as policing agencies or other local regulatory agencies—that operate in domains that fall beyond the reach of traditional administrative law and scholarship.

In addition to her work at the law school, Ponomarenko is co-founder and counsel at the Policing Project, a non-profit based at the NYU School of Law that works in tandem with policing agencies and community groups to promote more effective police governance. She also is an Associate Reporter for the American Law Institute’s Principles of the Law: Policing project.

Ponomarenko graduated summa cum laude from NYU Law, where she won numerous prizes and fellowships, including the Furman Academic Scholarship, the Robert B. McKay Prize in constitutional law, and the Maurice Goodman Memorial Prize for overall achievement. She also served as an Articles Editor on the NYU Law Review. After graduating from NYU, she clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Posner on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Ponomarenko holds a B.A. in History and Economics and an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University.

For further information , please see PDF iconProfessor Ponomarenko’s curriculum vitae.


Constitutional Law

Criminal Procedure: Investigation

Legislation and Regulation - 1L

Legislation and Regulation


Journal Articles

  • Substance and Procedure in Local Administrative Law, 170 Pennsylvania Law Review (forthcoming 2021)
  • Rethinking Police Rulemaking, 114 Northwestern University Law Review 1 (2019)
    | SSRN
  • Administrative Rationality Review, 104 Virginia Law Review 1399 (2018)
    | SSRN
  • Benefit-Cost Analysis of Public Safety: Facing the Methodological Challenges, 8 Journal of Benefit-Cost Analysis 305 (2017) Barry Friedman
  • Democratic Policing, 90 New York University Law Review 1827 (2015) Barry Friedman
    | SSRN
  • Changed Circumstances and Judicial Review, 89 New York University Law Review 1419 (2014) (note)

Doctoral Theses

  • The Department of Justice and the Limits of the New Deal State, 1933–1945 (unpublished Ph.D. dissertation, Stanford University, Department of History, 2011)

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