Stephanie Plamondon Bair joined the BYU Law faculty in 2015. Her research focuses on mind sciences, innovation, and the law. She is particularly interested in applying empirical work in psychology and neuroscience to current legal and policy challenges in intellectual property law, criminal law, public health law, and other areas. Her recent research has explored how poverty impacts decision-making and what this means for innovation, criminal law, and distributive justice. Her most recent article on the topic, "Impoverished IP," was selected for the Yale/Harvard/Stanford Junior Faculty Forum.
Prior to joining BYU's faculty, Professor Bair was the resident academic fellow with Stanford's Program in Neuroscience and Society (SPINS), a joint initiative of Stanford Law School and Stanford Department of Psychology. She also spent time as a patent litigation attorney at Goodwin Procter in Boston, and as a law clerk for the Honorable Raymond C. Clevenger III on the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit in Washington, D.C. In Fall 2018, she was a visiting professor at Notre Dame Law School.
Professor Bair holds a J.D. (cum laude) from Harvard Law School, a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the University of Utah School of Medicine, and an undergraduate degree in Physics from the University of Prince Edward Island in her hometown of Charlottetown. Her legal writing has been published in the Northwestern University Law Review, the Boston University Law Review, the Ohio State Law Journal, the Berkeley Technology Law Journal, and the Connecticut Law Review, among other outlets. Her science writing has appeared in Nature, Animal Behaviour, and the Journal of Comparative Psychology.