Guy-Uriel E. Charles became a Co-Dean of the University of Minnesota Law School on June 1, 2006. Along with Fred Morrison, he will serve as Interim Co-Dean for two years. Dean Charles joined the Law School in the Fall of 2000. He clerked for The Honorable Damon J. Keith of the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. While at the University of Michigan, he was the Editor-in-Chief of the Michigan Journal of Race & Law. From 1995-2000, he was a graduate student in political science at the University of Michigan. Prior to joining the Law School, he taught as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Toledo School of Law.
Dean Charles teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, civil procedure, election law, law and politics, and race. His articles have appeared in Constitutional Commentary, Michigan Law Review, Michigan Journal of Race & Law, Georgetown Law Journal, Journal of Politics, California Law Review, North Carolina Law Review, among others. He was the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year 2002-2003 at the University of Minnesota Law School.
Dean Charles was a member of the National Research Commission on Elections and Voting and the Century Foundation Working Group on Election Reform. He is a frequent television, print, and radio commentator on issues relating to constitutional law, election law, campaign finance, redistricting, politics, and race.
In the Spring of 2006, Co-Dean Charles was the James S. Carpentier Visiting Professor of Law at Columbia Law School.