Farah Peterson

  • Associate Professor of Law

Farah Peterson is a legal historian who focuses on statutory interpretation. Peterson holds a Ph.D. in American history from Princeton University. She earned her J.D. 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 at the U.S. Supreme Court and Judge Guido Calabresi at the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. She is currently working on a book, "The Most Dangerous Branch: Law and Legislation in Republican America," based on her doctoral dissertation.



  • Ph.D.
    Princeton University
  • J.D.
    Yale Law School
  • M.A.
    Princeton University
  • B.A.
    Yale University

The Most Dangerous Branch: Law and Legislation in Republican America (work in progress).

“Interpretation as Statecraft: Chancellor Kent and the Collaborative Era of Statutory Interpretation,” 77 U. Md. L. Rev. (2018).

“The Contract Clause and the Evolution of American Legislation,” (forthcoming as part of a 2019 festschrift in honor of Hendrik Hartog).

"Foreword," 104 Va. L. Rev. Online (2018).

“Illness and Identity,” Ploughshares (Winter 2016/2017).

“Modernity and Regret: A Barbados Family and Its Place in the British Empire 1676-1842,”  Princeton U. Libr. Chronicle (2009).