Michael J. Perry
University Distinguished Visiting Professor in Law and Peace Studies
- LLD (honorary), 1999, St. John's University (Minnesota)
- JD, 1973, Columbia University
- AB, 1968, Georgetown University
Areas of Expertise
Professor Perry teaches and writes in the areas of international human rights law and theory.
Perry is a widely published scholar in American constitutional law and theory and in the area of law, morality and religion. He teaches at Emory University School of Law. Before moving to Emory, Perry held the Howard J. Trienens Chair in Law at Northwestern University Law School, where he taught from 1982 to 1997, and the University Distinguished Chair in Law at Wake Forest University School of Law, where he taught from 1997 to 2003. Perry joined USD School of Law in 2009.
Honors and Affiliations
He holds a Robert W. Woodruff Chair at Emory University, where he teaches at the law school. A Woodruff Chair is the highest honor Emory can bestow on a faculty member.
Perry's books include Constitutional Rights, Moral Controversy, and the Supreme Court (Cambridge, 2008); Toward a Theory of Human Rights: Religion, Law, Courts (Cambridge, 2007); Under God? Religious Faith and Liberal Democracy (Cambridge, 2003); We the People: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Supreme Court (Oxford, 1999); The Idea of Human Rights (Oxford, 1998); and Love and Power: The Role of Religion and Morality in American Politics (Oxford, 1991).