Amanda Frost

  • John A. Ewald Jr. Research Professor of Law

Amanda Frost writes and teaches in the fields of immigration and citizenship law, federal courts and jurisdiction, and judicial ethics. Her scholarship has been cited by over a dozen federal and state courts, and she has been invited to testify on the topics of her articles before both the House and Senate Judiciary Committees. Her non-academic writing has been published in The Atlantic, The New Republic, The Washington Post, The New York Times, Slate, USA Today and The American Prospect, and she authors the “Academic Round-up” column for SCOTUSblog. In 2019 she was awarded a fellowship from the American Council of Learned Societies to complete her book, You Are Not American: Citizenship Stripping from Dred Scott to the Dreamers (2021), which was named as a “New & Noteworthy” book by The New York Times Book Review and was shortlisted for the Mark Lynton History Prize.

Before entering academia, Frost clerked on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and spent five years as a staff attorney at Public Citizen, where she litigated cases at all levels of the federal judicial system. She has also worked for the Senate Judiciary Committee, served as acting director of the Immigrant Justice Clinic at American University, and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar studying transparency reform in the European Union. Prior to joining UVA Law, she was a law professor at American University.

Frost is a member of the Advisory Committee for the Thaddeus Stevens & Lydia Hamilton Smith Center for History and Democracy; the Consultative Group, “Nationwide Injunctions and Federal Regulatory Programs,” Administrative Conference of the United States; the editorial board of Oxford University’s Border Criminologies; an Academic Fellow at the Pound Civil Justice Institute; and a member of the National Constitution Center’s Coalition of Freedom Advisory Board. Frost has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, UCLA Law School, Université de Lyon 3, Université Paris Nanterre and the Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz.


  • J.D.
    Harvard Law School
  • B.A.
    Harvard College

Works in Progress


Book Chapters

Immigration in the Obama Era, in The U.S. Supreme Court and Contemporary Constitutional Law: The Obama Era and Its Legacy, Nomos Verlag/Routledge, 115–131 (1 ed. 2018).

Articles & Reviews

The Rise of Reparative Citizenship, Citizenship Studies 1–6 (2022).
Alienating Citizens, 114 Northwestern University Law Review 241–267 (2019).
In Defense of Nationwide Injunctions, 93 New York University Law Review 1065–1119 (2018).
Cooperative Enforcement in Immigration Law, 103 Iowa Law Review 1–51 (2017).
Independence and Immigration, 89 Southern California Law Review 485–508 (2016).
In Defense of Scholars' Briefs: A Response to Richard Fallon, 16 The Green Bag Second Series 135–153 (2013).
Judicial Ethics and Supreme Court Exceptionalism, 26 Georgetown Journal of Legal Ethics 443–479 (2013).
Congress in Court, 59 UCLA Law Review 914–968 (2012).
Mark Tushnet on Why the Constitution Doesn’t Matter (reviewing Mark Tushnet, Why the Constitution Matters) 14 The Green Bag Second Series 99–112 (2010).
Countering the Majoritarian Difficulty (with Stefanie A. Lindquist), 96 Virginia Law Review 719–797 (2010).
Defending the Majoritarian Court, 2010 Michigan State Law Review 757–773 (2010).
The Limits of Advocacy, 59 Duke Law Journal 447–518 (2009).
Overvaluing Uniformity, 94 Virginia Law Review 1567–1640 (2008).
Certifying Questions to Congress, 101 Northwestern University Law Review 1–74 (2007).
The State Secrets Privilege and Separation of Powers, 75 Fordham Law Review 1931–1964 (2007).
Keeping up Appearances: A Process-Oriented Approach to Judicial Recusal, 53 University of Kansas Law Review 531–591 (2005).

Current Courses

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