Mary-Rose Papandrea

Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law

(919) 962-3688
5117 Van Hecke-Wettach Hall

Areas of Expertise

  • Civil Procedure
  • Constitutional Law
  • Courts
  • First Amendment
  • Internet Law
  • Legal Education
  • Media Law
  • National Security Law
  • Torts


Mary-Rose Papandrea joined the Carolina Law faculty in 2015 and serves as the Samuel Ashe Distinguished Professor of Constitutional Law. Her teaching and research interests include constitutional law, media law, civil procedure, national security, and torts. Papandrea is the author of numerous book chapters and articles on media law and First Amendment topics, including universities and speech, government secrecy and the press, public employee speech rights, and government speech. Her work has appeared in the Michigan Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, and Minnesota Law Review, among others. She is the co-author of the casebook Media and the Law (2nd ed. 2014) (with Lee Levine and David Ardia).

Papandrea attended Yale College and the University of Chicago Law School, where she served as the Topics & Comments Editor of the Chicago Law Review and graduated with High Honors. After law school, Papandrea clerked for Associate Justice David H. Souter of the United States Supreme Court as well as Judge Douglas Ginsburg of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and Judge John G. Koeltl of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. She practiced law at Williams & Connolly LLP in Washington, D.C. and taught at Boston College Law School prior to joining Carolina Law.

Papandrea served as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2016-2021 and received the Charles E. Daye Award for Excellence in Service in 2020.  She currently leads the University’s strategic initiative “Promote Democracy.”


  • J.D. (High Honors), University of Chicago (1995)
  • B.A. (cum laude), Humanities, Yale University (1992)

Selected Publications

Information is Power: Exploring a Constitutional Right of Access, in NATIONAL SECURITY, LEAKS & THE FREEDOM OF THE PRESS: THE PENTAGON PAPERS FIFTY YEARS ON (L. Bollinger & G. Stone, eds.) (Oxford Univ. Press, 2021).
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The Great Unfulfilled Promise of Tinker, 105 VA. L. REV. ONLINE 159 (2019).
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The Missing Marketplace of Ideas Theory, 94 NOTRE DAME L. REV. 1725 (2019).
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Sex and Religion: Unholy Bedfellow, 116 MICH. L. REV. 859 (2018) (reviewing Geoffrey R. Stone, SEX AND THE CONSTITUTION: SEX, RELIGION, AND LAW FROM AMERICA'S ORIGINS TO THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY) (Liveright Publishing Company 2017).
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The Free Speech Rights of University Students, 101 MINN. L. REV. 1801 (2017).
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The Government Brand, 110 NW. U. L. REV. 1195 (2016).
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Leaker Traitor Whistleblower Spy: National Security Leaks and the First Amendment, 94 B.U. L. REV. 449 (2014).
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Social Media, Public School Teachers, and the First Amendment, 90 N.C. L. REV. 1597 (2012).
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The Publication of National Security Information in the Digital Age, 5 J. NAT'L SECURITY L. & POL'Y 119 (2011).
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Lapdogs, Watchdogs, and Scapegoats: The Press and National Security Information, 83 IND. L.J. 233 (2008).
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