About Melynda J Price J.D., Ph.D.

Melynda Price joined the UK College of Law as an Assistant Professor in the fall of 2006. Professor Price completed a doctorate degree in Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2006. Her dissertation was awarded the 2007 Best Dissertation Award from the Race, Ethnicity and Politics Section of the American Political Science Association. In addition to her degree in political science, she also earned a J.D. from the University of Texas School of Law in 2002. While at the University of Texas, she was a member of the Texas International Law Journal and was awarded both the University of Texas Coop Award for Public Interest Law and the Baron and Budd Scholarship for Public Interest Law. She completed her undergraduate studies in Physics at Prairie View A&M University in 1995.
Professor Price’s research focuses on race, gender and citizenship, the politics of punishment and the role of law in the politics of race and ethnicity in the U.S. and at its borders. In 2008, she was awarded a Ford Foundation Diversity Postdoctoral Fellowship. Her host institution was the Capital Punishment Center at the University of Texas School of Law where she worked on a book project tentatively titled At the Cross: Race, Religion and Citizenship in the Politics of the Death Penalty Among African Americans.


Present Associate Professor of Law, University of Kentucky College of Law, University of Kentucky

Curriculum Vitae



Research Interests

Race, Gender, and Citizenship and Death Penalty

Contact Information

University of Kentucky
College of Law
620 S. Limestone
Lexington, KY 40506-0048