Visiting Professor of Law
- JD 1992, University of Chicago Law School
- BA 1989, Yale College
Areas of Expertise
Professor Carpenter teaches comparative constitutional law.
Carpenter is the Earl R. Larson Professor of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law at the University of Minnesota Law School. Prior to teaching, he served as a law clerk to the Honorable Edith H. Jones of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit and practiced law in Houston and San Francisco.
Honors and Affiliations
Carpenter was the Tenured Teacher of the Year and was twice chosen the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year at University of Minnesota. Since 2004, he has served as an editor of Constitutional Commentary. He is a frequent television, radio, and print commentator on constitutional law, the First Amendment, and sexual orientation and the law. Carpenter was editor-in-chief of the University of Chicago Law Review. He received both the D. Francis Bustin Prize for excellence in legal scholarship and the John M. Olin Foundation Scholarship for Law & Economics while at the University of Chicago.
Carpenter’s publications include Flagrant Conduct: The Story of Lawrence v. Texas: How a Bedroom Arrest Decriminalized Gay Americans (W. W. Norton & Company, 2012); “Institutional Review Boards, Regulatory Incentives, and Some Modest Proposals for Reform” in 101 Northwestern University Law Review 687 (2007); and “The Value of Institutions and the Values of Free Speech” in 89 Minnesota Law Review 1407 (2005).