Adrienne Davis

William M. Van Cleve Professor of Law; Vice Provost of the University


B.A., 1987, Yale College
J.D.,1991, Yale Law School

Curriculum Vitae






Vice Provost Assistant

Gail Boker - (314) 935-6458

Faculty Assistant

Rachel Mance - (314) 935-6403

Phone / Email

Phone: (314) 935-8583
Email: adavis@wulaw.wustl.edu  


Anheuser-Busch Hall, Room 552

Courses Taught

Trusts & Estates
Law & Literature
Feminist Theory


Professor Adrienne Davis is renowned for her scholarship and teaching on gender and race relations; theories of justice and reparations; feminist legal theory; and law and popular culture. She has written extensively on the gendered and private law dimensions of American slavery and is the co-editor of the book, Privilege Revealed: How Invisible Preference Undermines America (NYU Press), as well as numerous articles and book chapters. A Distinguished Lecturer for the Organization of American Historians, Professor Davis directs the Black Sexual Economies Project at the law school’s Center for the Interdisciplinary Study of Work and Social Capital. She also founded and runs the Law & Culture Initiative. Professor Davis is the past recipient of a Bellagio Fellowship from the Rockefeller Foundation and two research grants from the Ford Foundation on such topics as black women and labor, and women, slavery, sexuality, and religion. In addition to her research and teaching, she is past chair of the Law and Humanities Section of the Association of American Law Schools and served on the editorial boards of several prestigious journals. Professor Davis clerked for the Hon. A. Leon Higginbotham, Jr., U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit.

Projects and Initiatives

[view] Black Sexual Economies Project

[view] Law, Identity & Culture Initiative (LIC)