Professor of Law
Director, S.J.D. Program
Office: Room Y228
Amanda Frost writes and teaches in the fields of constitutional law, federal courts and jurisdiction, immigration law, and judicial ethics. Her articles have appeared in the Duke Law Journal, the Northwestern Law Review, the UCLA Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review, among others. Her non-academic writing has been published in The Atlantic, Slate, the National Law Journal, the New York Times, and the L.A. Times, and she authors the “Academic round-up” column for SCOTUSblog. Before entering academia, Professor Frost clerked for Judge A. Raymond Randolph 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, and spent a year as a Fulbright Scholar studying transparency reform in the European Union.
Professor Frost is an affiliated researcher at 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. Professor Frost has been a visiting professor at Harvard Law School, UCLA Law School, Université Paris X Nanterre, and the Johannes Gutenberg University in Mainz, Germany.
In 2015, Professor Frost won American University Washington College of Law’s Excellence in Teaching Award.
Areas of Specialization
- Civil Procedure
- Federal Courts
- Immigration Law
Degrees & Universities
- A.B., Harvard College
- J.D., Harvard Law School
- Amanda Frost, Can the Government Deport Immigrants Using Information it Encouraged Them to Provide?, 2 Admin. L. Rev. Accord 97 (2017).
- Amanda Frost, Independence and Immigration, 89 S. Cal. L. Rev. 485 (2016) (invited symposium piece).
- Amanda Frost, Learning from Our Mistakes: Using Immigration Enforcement Errors to Guide Reform, 92 Denv. U. L. Rev. 769 (2015) (invited symposium piece).
- Amanda Frost, Inferiority Complex: Are State Courts Free to Ignore Lower Federal Court Precedent?, 68 Vand. L. Rev. 53 (2015).
- Amanda Frost, Do Two Rights Make a Wrong? A Response to Hiroshi Motomura, 55 Washburn L.J. 101 (2015) (invited contribution).
- Amanda Frost, Judicial Ethics and Supreme Court Exceptionalism, 26 Geo. J. Legal Ethics 443 (2013).
- Amanda Frost, Congress in Court, 59 UCLA L. Rev. 914 (2012).
- Amanda Frost & Stefanie A. Lindquist, Countering the Majoritarian Difficulty, 96 Va. L. Rev. 719 (2010). SSRN Link
- Amanda Frost, The Limits of Advocacy, 59 Duke L.J. 447 (2009). SSRN Link
- Amanda Frost, Overvaluing Uniformity, 94 Va. L. Rev. 1567 (2008). SSRN Link
- Amanda Frost, Certifying Questions to Congress, 101 Nw. U. L. Rev. 1 (2007). SSRN Link
- Jennifer Daskal & Amanda Frost, President Trump and the Rule of Law, The Hill, op-ed (Feb. 7, 2017).
- Amanda Frost, How Painful Can Trump Make the Lives of Immigrants, Slate (Nov. 16, 2016).
- Amanda Frost, The Overlooked Pathways to Legal Status, The Atlantic (June 19, 2016).
- Amanda Frost & Stephen I. Vladeck, Limit Access to State Court, N.Y. Times (Dec. 22, 2015).
- Amanda Frost, Book Review: Reflections on Judging by Richard A. Posner, London Sch. of Econ. Rev. of Books (Jan. 9, 2014).
- Amanda Frost, Honoring Your Oath in Political Times, Pound Civ. J. Inst. Annual Forum for St. Ct. App. Ct. Judges (July 20, 2013).
- Amanda Frost & Jayesh Rathod, Natural(ized) Enemies, Slate (Jan. 17, 2013).
- Amanda Frost, In Defense of Scholars’ Briefs: A Response to Richard Fallon, 16 Green Bag 2d 135 (2013).
- Amanda Frost, What the Supreme Court Did This Summer, Slate (Aug. 24, 2012).
- Amanda Frost, Power of Attorneys: Congress Must Begin to Fight for its Own Interests in Court, Slate (Jan. 18 2012).
- Amanda Frost, Op-Ed, Kagan’s Not Camera-Shy, L.A. Times (July 9, 2010).
- Amanda Frost, Mark Tushnet on Why the Constitution Doesn’t Matter (Book review of Mark Tushnet’s "Why The Constitution Matters"), 14 Greenbag 2d 99 (01-01-10).
- Amanda Frost, Defending the Majoritarian Court, 2010 Mich. St. L. Rev. 757 (2010).
- Amanda Frost, Only a Partial Win, Op-Ed Natl. L.J. (June 15, 2009).
- Amanda Frost & Justin Florence, Reforming the State Secrets Privilege, 3 Advance 111 (Spring 2009).
- Amanda Frost, One Dollar for Every West Virginian: The Crazy Judicial Corruption Case that the Supreme Court Should Hear, Slate (Oct. 10, 2008).
- Amanda Frost, The State Secrets Privilege and Separation of Powers, 75 Fordham L. Rev. 1931 (2007). SSRN Link
- Amanda Frost, Keeping Up Appearances: A Process-Oriented Approach to Judicial Recusals, 53 Kan. L. Rev. 531 (2005). SSRN Link
- Amanda Frost, Restoring Faith in Government: Transparency Reform in the United States and the European Union, 9 Eur. Pub. L. 87 (Mar. 2003).
- Amanda Frost, Judicial Review of FDA Preemption Determinations, 54 Food & Drug L.J. 367 (1999).
- Amanda Frost, Presentation, Congress in Court (UCLA Law School's faculty workshop, Sep. 2011).
- Amanda Frost, Presentation, Congress in Court (Vanderbilt Law School's faculty workshop, Mar. 2011).
- Amanda Frost, Presentation, The Limits of Advocacy (University of of Texas Law School’s Faculty Workshop, Austin, Tex., Apr. 17, 2009). SSRN Link
- Amanda Frost, Panelist, Judicial Elections and Due Process (American Constitution Society, Feb. 26, 2009).
- Amanda Frost, Presentation, The Limits of Advocacy (Notre Dame Law School’s Faculty Workshop, South Bend, Ind., Nov. 14, 2008).
- Amanda Frost, Presentation, Overvaluing Uniformity (Harvard Law School’s faculty workshop, Cambridge, Mass., Dec. 6, 2007).
- Amanda Frost, Testimony, Senate Hearings for the Samuel Alito Supreme Court Nomination (D.C., Jan. 21, 2006).
- Amanda Frost, Presentation, Restoring Faith in Government: Transparency Reform in the United States and the European Union (“Colloque sur Gouvernance et Identités en Europe,” Sponsored by the Sorbonne, Universite Paris I., Paris, Fr., Dec. 2001).
Selected Honors & Awards
- Excellence in Teaching Award, American University Washington College of Law (2015).
Selected Media Appearances
- Voice of America, "Trump Orders Construction of US-Mexico Border Wall" (VOA Jan. 26, 2017) (Interview).
- The Diane Rehm Show, "King v. Burwell and the Future of Obamacare" (Natl. Pub. Radio Mar. 3, 2015) (Interview).
- C-SPAN Radio's Supreme Court Historic Oral Argument, "Elena Kagan’s oral argument Citizens United v. FEC" (Natl. Cable Satellite Corp. Dec. 27, 2012) (Interview).
- The Diane Rehm Show, "The Constitution Today – Separation of Powers" (Natl. Pub. Radio Oct. 19, 2010) (Interview).
- Roundtable on Judicial Decisions of Judge Sonia Sotomayor (C-Span July 1, 2009).
- Alito Confirmation Hearings - Recusal Law Reform (C-Span Jan. 13, 2006).