Theodore Barnes in a dark suit and red tie against a tan background

Theodore Barnes


969 E. 60th St.
Chicago, IL 60637

Areas of Expertise
Criminal Justice Policy
Smart Decarceration: A Grand Challenge for Social Work

The United States has the highest rate of incarceration in the world, and inequities in the use of incarceration yield a high burden on people of color, people in poverty...

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  • Journal Paper in Review Barnes, T.L., "Yet Again: Lack of Diversity & Accountability of Police Conduct in Correlation to Black Deaths," Submitted to


  • 47452 Smart Decarceration

Job Experience

  • Recognized higher education leader and educator with 14+ years of experience in student services, recruitment, and academic affairs.
  • As an undergrad, worked as a community advocate with state representatives and researchers in aid of passing IL NARCAN legistation in response to the opiod overdose epidemic.

Fields of Special Interest

  • Identifying the impacts of the criminal justice system and its effects on access to higher education for black and brown students in urban cities.
  • Higher education equity, particularly for individuals of underrepresented populations and first-generation college students.