Dr. Barr is the Roy F. and Jean Humphrey Proffitt Professor of Law, Law School; Professor of Public Policy, Gerald R Ford School of Public Policy; Faculty Director, Center on Finance, Law & Policy. Barr conducts large-scale empirical research regarding financial services and writes about a wide range of issues in financial regulation. Recent books include “Financial Regulation: Law and Policy,” “No Slack,” “Insufficient Funds” and “Building Inclusive Financial Systems.” He served from 2009-10 as the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s assistant secretary for financial institutions. Barr was a key architect of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act of 2010, and played a central role in the Obama Administration’s housing finance policies. He previously served as Treasury Secretary Robert E. Rubin’s special assistant; as deputy assistant secretary of the Treasury; as special advisor to President William J. Clinton; as special advisor and counselor on the policy planning staff at the State Department; and as a law clerk to U.S. Supreme Court Justice David H. Souter and Judge Pierre N. Leval of the Southern District of New York.
J.D. Yale University; M.Phil. Oxford University; B.A. Yale University