Prof. Michael J. PerryRobert W. Woodruff Professor of Law

    Research Profile

    Holding one of Emory’s most prestigious chairs, Prof. Perry is one of the nation’s leading authorities on the relationship of morality to law. He has focused on three areas: American constitutional law, the proper role of religiously grounded morality in American law and politics, and the morality of human rights. The author of nine books, published by Oxford, Cambridge and Yale university presses, Perry has written on a broad range of the most contentious issues of American law and politics.

    Teaching Profile

    Constitutional Law; Law and Morality; Senior Symposium: Religious Studies in the Shadow of 9/11; Topics in Religion: Constitutional Rights: Selected Topics

    Selected Publications

    “Human Rights in the Constitutional Law of the United States,” (Cambridge University Press, 2013)

    “The Political Morality of Liberal Democracy,” (Cambridge University Press, 2010)

    Constitutional Rights, Moral Controversy, and the Supreme Court: A (Partial) Theory of Judicial Review (Cambridge University Press, 2009)

    Toward a Theory of Human Rights: Religion, Law, Courts (Cambridge University Press, 2007)

    Under God? Religious Faith and Liberal Democracy (Cambridge University Press, 2003)

    We the People: The Fourteenth Amendment and the Supreme Court (Oxford University Press, 1999)

    The Idea of Human Rights: Four Inquiries (Oxford University Press, 1998)

    Religion in Politics: Constitutional and Moral Perspectives (Oxford University Press, 1997)

    The Constitution in the Courts: Law or Politics (Oxford University Press, 1994)

    Love and Power: The Role of Religion and Morality in American Politics (Oxford University Press, 1991)

    Morality, Politics, and Law (Oxford University Press, 1988)



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