Farah Peterson

Farah Peterson

Professor of Law

Farah Peterson is a legal historian who focuses on statutory interpretation. Peterson holds a PhD in American history from Princeton University. She earned her JD from Yale Law School, and received her bachelor’s in history from Yale as well.

After law school, Peterson clerked for Associate Justice Stephen Breyer on the US Supreme Court and Judge Guido Calabresi on the US Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.


Princeton University
PhD in American History, 2015
MA in History with Distinction, 2009
Dissertation: Statutory Interpretation and Judicial Authority, 1776–1860

Yale Law School
JD, 2012
Coker Fellow, Torts with Professor Jules Coleman, Fall 2011
Teaching Assistant, Civil Procedure with Professor Owen Fiss, Fall 2010
Black Law Students Association
Fellowship for the Study of Professional Ethics at Auschwitz, Summer 2011

Yale University
BA with distinction in History, 2005


University of Chicago Law School
Professor of Law, Summer 2020–present

Georgetown University Law Center
Visiting Professor, Fall 2019

University of Virginia School of Law
Associate Professor, 2018–Spring 2020

Jones Day
Associate, Issues and Appeals, 2016–2017