Barnes has earned numerous awards for teaching and mentoring, which include being one appointed to the Center for Teaching Excellence Leadership Institute; serving on faculty for the Institute for Multi-Method Research at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School of Public Policy; being named a Dornsife Distinguished Faculty Fellow in recognition for excellence in teaching; and being recognized for Outstanding Teaching in Political Science by the American Political Science Association and Pi Sigma Alpha, the National Political Science Honor Society.
Barnes studies the intersection between law, politics and public policy and mixed-method research strategies. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in law, American politics and public policy. His classes incorporate instruction on research design and methods, addressing how to frame questions, select cases, collect data, generate, measure and probe hypotheses. Barnes’ research has been supported by the National Science Foundation and Robert Woods Johnson Foundations and includes dozens of journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, and four books that he has authored or coauthored – How Policy Creates Politics: Rights, Courts, Litigation, and the Struggle over Injury Compensation; Finding Pathways: Case Selection for Studying Causal Mechanisms in Mixed-Methods Research; Dust-Up: Asbestos Litigation and the Failure of Common Sense Reform; and Overruled? Legislative Overrides, Pluralism, and Contemporary Court-Congress Relations.