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Rebecca Davis – Faculty Emerita

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Statesboro Campus


Curriculum Vitae


Rebecca Davis is an associate professor in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology.  She has taught at Georgia Southern University 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’s scholarship focuses on judicial biography. Her latest book, Justice Leah Ward Sears: Seizing Serendipity, was released by the University of Georgia Press on September 15, 2017. Georgia Public Broadcasting’s daily news show On Second Thought recently interviewed Justice Sears about her life and the upcoming biography, and the book was featured in the Fulton County Daily Report, the daily newspaper that covers Georgia law, trials, and law firms: Justice Sears on Her New Biography: ‘God Didn’t Put You Here to Fail’

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 Quarterly, The Justice Professional, Policing: an International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, and the Georgia State Bar Journal.


J.D., (1992)
University of Georgia School of Law

M.A., Political Science (1989)
Georgia Southern College

B.S., Journalism (1987)
Georgia Southern College

Courses Taught


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


Constitutional Law



Davis, R. (2017). Justice Leah Ward Sears: Seizing serendipity. Athens, GA: University of Georgia Press.

Davis, R. & Peacock, S. (2004). Judge Faye Sanders Martin: Head full of sense, heart full of gold. Macon, GA: Mercer University Press.

Journal Articles

Davis, R. (2011). A middle-class African-American child in desegregating Savannah: The reminiscences of Justice Leah Ward Sears. Georgia Historical Quarterly, 95(2), 263-284.

Davis, R. (2007). Overcoming the ‘Defect of Sex’: Georgia women’s fight for access to jury service. Georgia Historical Quarterly, 91(1), 49-69.

Awards & Honors

2015, 2016, 2017 & 2018 – Grant from the National Association of Women Judges to hold a Constitution Day Poster Competition ($500).

2014 – Educational Leave Grant.

2012 – Center for Online Learning Faculty Ambassador.

2012 – CLASS student senate representatives’ inaugural Professor of the Month.

2011 – NAPLA grant to attend the 2011 Northern Association of Pre-Law Advisors conference ($1,000).

2011 – Publication Assistance Program grant from Georgia Southern University for reprints of Summer 2011 article in the Georgia Historical Quarterly ($128).

2009 –  CLEC grant (with Drs. Constance Campbell, Center for Entrepreneurial Leadership, and Lori Amy, WGST) for guest speaker Chief Justice Leah Ward Sears ($900).

2008 – Georgia Southern University travel grant for professional development from Georgia Southern University to attend the Fifth National Conference for Pre-Law Advisors of the Pre-Law Advisor’s National Council in Las Vegas, Nevada ($1,326).

2005 – Student Technology Fees Fund Grant for multimedia upgrades to the Carroll Building ($14,485).

2005 – Educational Leave Grant.

Last updated: 5/25/2021