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



Performing Discretion or Performing Discrimination: An Analysis of Race and Ritual in Batson Decisions in Capital Jury Selection, Faculty Publications (2009)

Research shows the mere presence of Blacks on capital juries--on the rare occasions they are...



Balancing Lives: Individual Accountability and the Death Penalty as Punishment for Genocide (Lessons from Rwanda), Emory International Law Review (2007)

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Litigating Salvation: Race, Religion and Innocence in the Karla Faye Tucker and Gary Graham Cases, Southern California Review of Law and Social Justice (2006)

The cases of Karla Faye Tucker and Gary Graham represent two examples of the renewed...