Steven J. Macias | School of Law | SIU

Southern Illinois University

Steven J. Macias | School of Law | SIU



Steven J. Macias

Assistant Professor of Law

Steven J. Macias

Office: Lesar Law Building, Room 234
Phone: (618) 536-8464

Prior to arriving at SIU, Steven Macias was Visiting Assistant Professor at the University of Oregon School of Law. From 2008–2010, he served as a Teaching Fellow at California Western School of Law in San Diego. He has taught Federal Courts, Remedies, Legal History, and advanced courses in constitutional law focusing on information privacy and sexuality and gender issues.

Professor Macias received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and graduate degrees in law and history from the University of California, Berkeley. He also studied law in the UK at University College London where he received his LL.M. in Legal Theory and History. His doctoral dissertation, “The Creation of Legal Science in the Early Republic,” is available upon request.

Professor Macias’s primary research centers on the legal history of the early American republic with particular focus on intellectual and cultural contexts. He has made an occasional foray into the late-nineteenth and early-twentieth centuries due to his interest in the influence of American pragmatism on legal thought, and he hopes to expand on that interest at some point in the near future.

An additional area of research and publication includes the application of critical theory to contemporary issues of sexuality, gender, and family law. In this vein, Professor Macias’s current article examines how privacy law is influenced by, and reinforces, social conceptions of gender.