D. Benjamin Barros

Dean and Professor of Law

B.A., Colgate University
J.D., Fordham University School of Law
MPhil., University of Maryland

Email: [email protected]
Office: (Gulfport)

Property Law

Benjamin Barros


Dean D. Benjamin Barros came to Stetson Law from the University of Toledo College of Law, where he served as Dean from 2015 through 2023. A nationally recognized property law scholar, he has taught and written extensively on Property Law and Theory, Property Law Reform, Regulatory Takings, and the Philosophy of Science. He brings a broad set of experience in the academy and in practice to Stetson Law.

He is the author of a prominent casebook on property law with Aspen Publishers and was the founding editor of the Journal of Law, Property, and Society.

Prior to his time as Dean of the University of Toledo College of Law, Dean Barros was the associate dean of academic affairs and professor of law at Widener University School of Law in Harrisburg, PA.

His passion for improving legal education and, by extension, the legal profession itself, is evident in the leadership roles he has held within professional organizations. Dean Barros served twice on the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Executive Committee and was one of the youngest educators to serve in such a role when he was first appointed. He also served as chair of the AALS Property Section and is a past president of the Association for Law, Property, and Society.

Before becoming an educator, Dean Barros worked as a litigator at the New York City law firms of Latham & Watkins LLP and Debevoise & Plimpton. After he graduated from law school, he clerked for Judge Milton Pollack of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York.

Dean Barros earned his J.D. from Fordham University School of Law (1996). He was an editorial board member on the Fordham Law Review and a member of Order of the Coif. He earned his bachelor’s degree in philosophy from Colgate University (1991) and a master’s degree in philosophy from the University of Maryland (2013).


Books & Book Chapters

Property, Second Edition (Aspen/Wolters Kluwer, 2020) (with Anna Hemingway and Shelley Cavalieri).

Hernando de Soto and Property in a Market Economy (2010) (edited volume).

Law Review Articles & Essays

Negative Causation in Causal and Mechanistic Explanation, 190 Synthese 449 (2013).

The Complexities of Judicial Takings, 45 U. Rich. L. Rev. 903 (2011) reprinted in Zoning and Planning Law Handbook 2012 (Thomson West).

Toward a Model Law of Estates and Future Interests, 66 Washington & Lee Law Review 3 (2009).

Property and Freedom, 4 NYU JOURNAL OF LAW & LIBERTY 36 (2009)

Group Size, Heterogeneity, and Prosocial Behavior: Designing Legal Structures to Facilitate Cooperation in a Diverse Society, 18 CORNELL JOURNAL OF LAW & PUBLIC POLICY 203 (2008)

Natural Selection as a Mechanism, 75 PHILOSOPHY OF SCIENCE 306 (2008) (winner of the 2006 Philosophy of Science Association Graduate Student Essay Prize)

Home as a Legal Concept, 46 SANTA CLARA LAW REVIEW 255 (2006)

The Police Power and the Takings Clause, 58 UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI LAW REVIEW 471 (2004) reprinted in ZONING AND PLANNING LAW HANDBOOK 2005 (Thomson West)