Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs and Professor of Law
Provost Marcella David joined Florida A&M University in February 2015. Prior to moving to Tallahassee, Provost David was Associate Dean and Professor of Law and International Studies at The University of Iowa (Iowa) College of Law. Provost David joined the Iowa Law faculty in 1995. While at Iowa she served over five years in the university’s central administration, as Interim Associate Provost for Diversity and as Iowa’s first Special Assistant to the President for Equal Opportunity and Diversity and Associate Provost for Diversity (from 2006-2009).
Provost David earned her B.S., cum laude, in Computer and Systems Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 1986 and her J.D., magna cum laude, from The University of Michigan Law School in 1989. From 1991-92, she studied Human Rights and Comparative Law as a Ford Foundation Fellow in Public International Law at the Harvard Law School. In that capacity, she participated in an investigatory mission to Iraq, traveled through South Africa, and researched the impact of economic sanctions in both countries. Her research interests include the use of economic and other sanctions, international criminal law, and questions related to international organizations.
In addition to serving as a Ford Foundation Fellow at Harvard, before starting her academic career at Iowa, David clerked for Judge Louis H. Pollak of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania, was a litigation associate at the New York law firm of Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison, and visited at the University of Chicago School of Law where she taught Contracts and Equal Protection. She has also visited at The University of Pennsylvania.
Provost David’s national service includes serving as a member of the Executive Council of the American Society of International Law. She is a past member and past chair of the Governing Board of the Worker Rights Consortium, a non-governmental organization that assists in ensuring that university-logoed goods are manufactured under conditions that respect the rights of workers, and served as the President of the Board of Directors for Diversity Focus, a non-profit organization that seeks to promote diversity and inclusion in the Iowa City-Cedar Rapids corridor.
Provost David’s international destinations include Iraq, South Africa, Europe, India, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Thailand, Cambodia, Uganda, Antarctica, the Arctic, the Galapagos Islands and Cuba, and her hobbies include travel, photography, and knitting.