Adrienne Davis


Adrienne Davis is the Reef C. Ivey II Research Professor of Law at the University of North Carolina School of Law where she teaches Property, Contracts, Trusts & Estates, and a variety of upper level legal theory courses, including Sex Equality, Law & Literature, and Slavery. She was awarded the Frederick B. McCall Award for Teaching Excellence by the graduating class of 2004. Professor Davis has also taught at the University of San Francisco, American University, and University of Chicago Law Schools. Professor Davis' scholarship emphasizes the gendered and private law dimensions of American slavery. She also does work on theories of commodification, law and literature, and reparations. She is the recipient of two grants from the Ford Foundation, the most recent administered through Brandeis University's Feminist Sexual Ethics Project to research women, slavery, sexuality, and religion; she was also a Resident Fellow at the Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Study and Conference Center. Professor Davis is a member of the boards of the Center of the Study for the American South and the Cultural Studies Program at the University of North Carolina, is on the publication committee of the Law & History Review, was a member of the Program Committee for the 2004 Annual Meeting of the Organization of American Historians and is currently a Distinguished Lecturer with that organization. She is a former editor of the Journal of Legal Education and Law and History Review and past chair of the Law & Humanities Section of the American Association of Law Schools.