Martin Carcieri

Martin Carcieri
(415) 338-7526


Martin D. Carcieri is Professor of Political Science at San Francisco State University, specializing in Public Law and Political Theory. He holds a B.A. and M.A. from Cal State Los Angeles, a J.D. from UC Hastings, and a Ph.D. from UC Santa Barbara.

Dr. Carcieri teaches undergraduate courses in Judicial Process, American Political Thought, Legal Issues, Constitutional Law, and Jurisprudence, as well as graduate seminars on the First Amendment, Separation of Powers, Judicial Process, the U.S. Drug War, and John Rawls. He has won four teaching awards, and his work has been cited in amicus curiae briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court in five landmark cases. His second book, “Applying Rawls in the 21st Century: Race, Gender, the Drug War, and the Right to Die,” was published in 2015 by Palgrave MacMillan. His twenty-five journal articles and book chapters include:

  • Rawls and Gender Discrimination, University of Iowa Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice, Volume 16, pp. 423-452, Spring 2013
  • On the Medicinal-Recreational Distinction in Cannabis Law, Denver University Law Review, Volume 89, pp. 1011-1016, Fall 2012
  • Obama, the 14th Amendment, and the Drug War, Search and Seizure Law Report (West Publishing), July/August, 2012; first published in Akron Law Review, Volume 44, pp. 303-331, Winter 2011
  • California’s Proposition 19: Selective Prohibition and Equal Basic Liberties, University of San Francisco Law Review, Volume 46, pp. 689-719, Winter 2012
  • Rawls and Reparations, in Thom Brooks, ed., RAWLS AND LAW (Ashgate Press, 2012), first published in Michigan Journal of Race and Law, Volume 15, pp. 267-316, Spring 2010
  • Gonzales v. Raich: Congressional Tyranny and Irrelevance in the War on Drugs, University of Pennsylvania Journal of Constitutional Law, Volume 9, pp. 1131-1165, Fall 2007
  • Grutter v. Bollinger and Civil Disobedience, University of Dayton Law Review, Volume 31, pp. 345-380, Spring 2006 (the UDLR created a symposium around this article)
  • Gonzales v. Raich: An Opening for Rational Drug Law Reform, Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy, Volume 1, pp. 307-386, Spring 2005
  • The Michigan Affirmative Action Cases and Public Personnel Decisions, Review of Public Personnel Administration, Volume 24, pp. 70-76, March 2004 (recognized as one of ROPPA’s thirty all time most widely cited articles, January 2007)
  • A Twenty-First Century Intervention in the Trial of Socrates, Classical Outlook, Volume 80, Number 4, pp. 137-142, Summer 2003
  • The Sixth Circuit and Grutter v. Bollinger: Diversity and Distortion, Texas Review of Law and Politics, Volume 7, pp. 127-152, Fall 2002
  • Bush v. Gore and Equal Protection, South Carolina Law Review, Volume 53, pp. 63-82, Fall 2001;
  • Due Process and the Florida Civil Rights Initiative, Temple Law Review, Volume 74, pp. 595-632, Fall 2001 (Annual Issue on Developments in State Constitutional Law)
  • The Wages of Taking Bakke Seriously: Federal Judicial Oversight of the Public University Admissions Process, Brigham Young Education and Law Journal, Volume 2001, pp. 161-178 
  • The Wages of Taking Bakke Seriously: The Untenable Denial of the Primacy of the Individual, Tennessee Law Review, Volume 67, pp. 949-969, Summer 2000
  • A Progressive Reply to the ACLU on Proposition 209, Santa Clara Law Review, Volume 39, pp. 141-183, November, 1998
  • Democracy and Education in the Thought of Jefferson and Madison, Journal of Law and Education, Volume 26, pp. 1-30, January, 1997