Peter G. Fish

Peter G. Fish

Professor Emeritus of Political Science and Law

External Address: 
301C Perkins Library, Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90204, Durham, NC 27708-0204
(919) 660-4329
American Politics, Political Institutions

Professor of Political Science and of Law, specializes in public law, the judicial process, and the development of U.S. courts and law. He is the author of The Politics of Federal Administration, The Office of Chief Justice, and a chapter in An Uncertain Tradition: Constitutionalism, and the History of the South, and in The Early Republic and the Sea: Essays on the Naval and Maritime History of the Early Republic. His articles have been published in the Kentucky Law Journal, the University of Chicago Law Review, the Journal of Politics, the Yearbook of the Supreme Court Historical Society, the Western Political Quarterly, the Supreme Court Review, the Justice System Journal, the Judicature, the American Journal of Legal History, the Dictionary of American Biography, the Dictionary of North Carolina Biography, the Encyclopedia of the American Judicial System, the Encyclopedia of the American Constitution, the Oxford Companion to the Supreme Court of the United States, the Law and History Review, the Journal of Southern Legal History, the Civil Rights in the United States, and the Great American Lawyers: An Encyclopedia.


  • Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University 1968

The Office of Chief Justice. University of Virginia, 1984.

Fish, P. G. “A FreshmanTakes Charge: Judge John J. Parker of the United States Court of Appeals, 1925-30.” The Journal of Southern Legal History, vol. 10, no. 1 & 2, 2003, pp. 59–113.

Fish, P. G. “A New Court Opens: The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.” Journal of Southern Legal History, vol. 1, 1993, pp. 171–79.

Fish, P. G. “Spoils of War: The Appam - Last Prize Case in The Fourth Circuit.” Fourth Circuit Newsletter, vol. 11, July 1992, pp. 1–3.

Fish, P. G. “Nation-Building Cornerstones of the Republic: United States Courts in the Modern Fourth Circuit, 1789-1801.” Fourth Circuit Newsletter, vol. 9, 1989, pp. 3–7.

Fish, P. G. “Red Jacket Revisited: Sage of the Case that Unraveled John J. Parker's Appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court.” Law and History Review, vol. 5, Mar. 1987, pp. 51–104.

Fish, P. G. “From Virginia Readjuster to United States Circuit Judge" The Ascent of Edmund Waddill, Jr. (1855-1931).” The American Journal of Legal History, July 1986, pp. 199–240.

Fish, P. G. “Judge Parker and the Public Service State.” Duke Law Magazine, vol. 2, July 1985, pp. 37–44.