Curriculum Vitae

  • Professor, College Of Law, University of Utah



  • J.D. 2004, Law, summa cum laude, Brigham Young University Law School

Honors & Awards

  • Appointed Dean Scholar for two year term. Dean Scholar, 09/2015
  • Voted Professor of the Year by students of BYU Law School. Professor of the Year, 03/20/2013


Professor Baughman's teaching and scholarship focus on criminal law, criminal procedure, and international law. Shima Baradaran Baughman is a national expert on bail and pretrial prediction and her current scholarship examines criminal justice policy, prosecutors, drugs, search and seizure, international law and terrorism, and race and violent crime.  Baughman has worked with economists and political scientists to write articles involving advanced empirical modeling and randomized controlled trials, including the largest global field experiment in the world.  Her work has been featured in the New York Times, on National Public Radio, the Economist, the Washington Post, Forbes and other media outlets and she has been invited to present her work at many law schools and to groups of judges and attorneys across the country.  Her most recent articles are Funding Terror, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Drugs and Violence, USC Law Review , Rebalancing the Fourth Amendment, Georgetown Law Journal, Predicting Violence, Texas Law Review, Race, Prediction & Discretion, George Washington Law Review, and Does International Law Matter?, Minnesota Law Review. She is currently working on a book, Bail and Mass Incarceration, with Cambridge University Press.

Voted Professor of the year in 2013, she joined the faculty of the University of Utah after three years of teaching at BYU Law School. She serves as Chair of the Criminal Justice Section Executive Committee.  Baradaran also has chaired the ABA Pretrial Justice Taskforce and Co-chair of the Committee on Crime Prevention, Pretrial Release & Police Practices. Professr Baughman was appointed in 2014 as a member of the Utah Sentencing Commission.

Before joining the legal academy, Professor Baughman served as a Fulbright Senior Scholar researching pretrial detention in Malawi and lecturing in criminal law at the University of Malawi. While in Malawi she worked as a justice advisor to the British Department for International Development, advised a coalition of international nongovernmental organizations including UNAIDS and UNDP, and represented criminal defendants in felony cases and in constitutional litigation.

Professor Baughman has worked as a litigator at Kirkland & Ellis LLP in New York, receiving national press for role in prison reform litigation.  After graduating first in her class at Brigham Young University Law School and serving as editor-in-chief of the BYU Law Review, Shima Baradaran Baughman clerked for Judge Jay S. Bybee of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

Media Highlights

NJ Looks to Restrict Bail for Violent Offenders, Philadelpha Inquirer (June 14, 2012)

Nix Trial Deadline on Certain Crimes? Salt Lake Tribune (Jan. 31, 2011)

Inmate's Mom: "Isn't There Some Better Way?", NPR California (June 2, 2011)

Tuesday Round-up, SCOTUSblog (May 31, 2011)

The Right Way to Shrink Prisons, Sentencing Law and Policy (May 31, 2011)

The Right Way to Shrink Prisons, New York Times (May 30, 2011)

Sister Act, BYU Magazine (Winter 2011)

Sisters Teach Law Side by Side at BYU, Deseret News (Oct. 18 2010) 

Imprisoned, Rabbi Sues Over Space for Prayer, New York Times (Feb. 16, 2008)