Polly J. Price

Professor of Law and
Associated Faculty, Department of History

Curriculum Vitae
Publications List



Areas of Expertise

Torts, Legislation and Regulation, American Legal History, Immigration and Citizenship


Polly J. Price joined the Emory Law faculty in 1995. An honors graduate of Harvard Law School, Professor Price clerked for Judge Richard S. Arnold of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Following her clerkship she practiced law for several years at King & Spalding in Atlanta and Washington, D.C.

Price is the author of two books and numerous articles in American legal history, citizenship, property rights, and the judiciary. Her most recent book, Judge Richard S. Arnold: A Legacy of Justice on the Federal Bench, includes a Foreword by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and a front cover blurb by former President Bill Clinton. C-SPAN2’s Book TV featured Price’s book in 2009.

Professor Price was awarded a grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for work in public health law in 2013.  In the same year, Price received the Ben F. Johnson Faculty Excellence Award, a triennial recognition awarded by Emory Law School.

At Emory, Price teaches citizenship and immigration law, torts, legislation and regulation, American legal history, and Latin American legal systems. She also taught courses in American constitutional history, torts and product liability at the law faculty in Dresden, Germany, and she has twice lectured at the Free University of Berlin. In 2001, Professor Price was the U.S. representative in Pretoria, South Africa, at the Equality Law Conference for South African Judges and Magistrates, under the auspices of the U.S. State Department’s Rule of Law Project. Price has served as a visiting professor at Vanderbilt Law School and as the Frances Hare Visiting Professor of Tort Law at the University of Alabama.

While a student at Emory, Price was a Bobby Jones Scholar, a member of Phi Beta Kappa and point guard for the women’s basketball team. She was a teaching fellow in a Harvard undergraduate course while a student at Harvard Law School.

Select Publications: Judge Richard S. Arnold: A Legacy of Justice on the Federal Bench (Prometheus Books 2009); Property Rights: Rights and Liberties Under the Law (2003); “Full Faith and Credit and the Equity Conflict,” 84 Virginia Law Review 747-842 (1998); “Natural Law and Birthright Citizenship in Calvin’s Case (1608),” 9 Yale Journal of Law & the Humanities 73-145 (1997).

Education: BA, MA, Emory University, 1986; JD, Harvard Law School, 1989.


Lessons from Small Cases: Reflections on Dodson v. Arkansas Activities Association
27 UALR L. Rev. 367 (2004-2005) 2005

The Little Rock School Desegregation Cases in Richard Arnold's Court
Emory Public Law Research Paper No. 05-27, Arkansas Law Review, Forthcoming 2005

Property Rights: Rights and Liberties Under the Law

Regulation of Religious Proselytism in the United States
2001 BYU L. Rev. 537 2001

Alien Land Restrictions in the American Common Law: Exploring the Relative Autonomy Paradigm
43 Am. J. Legal Hist. 152 (1999) 2000

Precedent and Judicial Power after the Founding
Boston College Law Review, Vol. 42, Pp 81-121, December 2000 2000

Full Faith and Credit and the Equity Conflict
Virginia Law Review, Vol. 84, No. 4, 1998 1998

Natural Law and Birthright Citizenship in Calvin's Case (1608)
9 Yale J.L. & Human. 73 1997

Term Limits on Original Intent--An Essay on Legal Debate and Historical Understanding
82 Va. L. Rev. 493 1996


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