Welcome Professor Maria Ponomarenko

Portrait of Professor Maria PonomarenkoTexas Law welcomes to its faculty Maria Ponomarenko, whose expertise as a teacher and writer covers the areas of administrative law, local government law, constitutional law, and criminal procedure. A particular area of focus of her work is on government agencies that fall beyond the reach of traditional administrative law and scholarship, such as policing agencies or other local administrative agencies. Ponomarenko’s articles have appeared in several leading journals, including the University of Pennsylvania Law Review, the Virginia Law Review, and the Northwestern Law Review.

“Maria is a rising star,” said Dean Bobby Chesney. “She has had a huge impact across multiple fields already, with her focus on the governance of policing agencies being especially important and timely. Even better, she’s an award-winning teacher. This combination of talents is a hallmark of our faculty, and we are thrilled to welcome her into our community.”

Ponomarenko is co-founder and counsel at the Policing Project hosted by NYU School of Law, an organization that works in tandem with policing agencies and community groups to promote more effective police governance. She also is an associate reporter for the American Law Institute’s project, Principles of the Law: Policing.

“I’m thrilled to be joining such a dynamic faculty, with such a deep bench of amazing scholars and practitioners in administrative law, constitutional law, and criminal law,” said Ponomarenko.

Ponomarenko comes to Texas Law after three years as an associate professor of law at the University of Minnesota Law School, where she was awarded the Stanley V. Kinyon Teacher of the Year award in 2021. She holds a B.A. in History and Economics and an M.A. in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago, a Ph.D. in History from Stanford University, and a J.D. summa cum laude from New York University School of Law. After graduating from NYU, she clerked for the Honorable Richard A. Posner on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.