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About Rebecca Davis (Emerita)

Rebecca Davis is an associate professor emerita in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology, where she has taught since 1994. She holds an M.A. from Georgia Southern University and a J.D. from the University of Georgia School of Law. Davis is the founding and current director of Georgia Southern University’s Office of Pre-Law Advising.

Davis’ scholarship focuses on judicial biography and Fourth Amendment issues. Her latest biography, Justice Leah Ward Sears: Seizing Serendipity, was published in September 2017 by the University of Georgia Press. Davis co-authored the biography Judge Faye Sanders Martin: Head Full of Sense, Heart Full of Gold(Mercer University Press) and has published articles in the Georgia Historical QuarterlyThe Justice ProfessionalPolicing: an International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, and the Georgia State Bar Journal.
 | Former Faculty | Emeritus Faculty


August 2020 - Present Associate Professor Emerita of Criminal Justice and Criminology, Georgia Southern University Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology
2012 - August 2020 Associate Professor, Georgia Southern University College of Behavioral and Social Sciences
August 2001 - June 2012 Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, Georgia Southern University
September 1996 - July 2001 Assistant Professor, Georgia Southern University

Curriculum Vitae


2015 - 2018 Constitution Day Poster Competitions
National Association of Women Judges
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Professional Service and Affiliations

2013 - 2019 Georgia Chair, National Association of Women Judges
2018 Member, Search Committee, Georgia Southern University
2015 - 2018 Coordinator for Constitution Day Poster Competition, Georgia Southern University
2016 - 2017 Member, T&P Committee
2016 - 2017 Member, Undergraduate Committee
2013 - 2017 Volunteer, A Day for Southern on Campus
2017 Chair, Mid-Contract Review Committee
2017 Member, Search Committee
2016 Member, CLASS Personnel Committee
2014 - 2015 Member, Search Committee
2015 Member, Pre-Tenure Review Committee
2013 - 2014 Chair, Tenure and Promotion Committee
2009 - 2010 Volunteer, A Day for Southern on Campus
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Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Performance in International Studies (Graduate School - 1988)
  • Nominated for the Distinguished Professor of Teaching and Learning (1999-2000)
  • Nominated for the GSU Award for Excellence in Contributions to Instruction (2000-2001)
  • College of Liberal Arts and Social Sciences Award of Distinction in Service (2004)
  • CLASS student senate representatives’ inaugural Professor of the Month (2012)
  • Center for Online Learning Faculty Ambassador (2012)
  • Educational Leave Grant (Spring 2014)


  • Legal Process (Online)
  • Law, Justice, Society (online)
  • Evidence and Procedure (Online)
  • Law and Society
  • Justice Studies Internship
  • Directed Study in Justice Studies
  • Directed Study in Political Science
  • Honors Thesis
  • American Government
  • Constitutional Law II
  • Constitutional Law I
  • Evidence
  • Judicial Process NET
  • Judicial Process
  • Criminal Procedure NET
  • Criminal Procedure
  • Criminal Law NET
  • Criminal Law
  • Constitutional Law


May 1992 Juris Doctor, University of Georgia School of Law
August 1989 M.A. in Political Science, Georgia Southern University
June 1987 B.S. in Journalism, Georgia Southern University

Contact Information

P.O. Box 8105
Statesboro, Georgia 30460
Phone: (912) 478-0064
Room Carroll Building 2213


Books (2)

Peer Review Articles (4)

Encyclopedia Entries (4)

Trade Publication (1)

Other (4)

Presentations, Panels, and Conference Papers (8)