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Ann M. Eisenberg

Title: Associate Professor of Law
School of Law
Phone: 803-777-8805

1525 Senate Street
Room 356
Columbia, SC 29208


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Ann M. Eisenberg


Professor Eisenberg joined the faculty at the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2016 after spending two years as the Land Use and Sustainable Development Law Fellow at West Virginia University College of Law.  Her research applies the lens of law and political economy to rural marginalization, examining how law, policy, and public institutions influence rural economic opportunity.  Her work has been published or is forthcoming in numerous law journals and book chapters, including the Southern California Law Review, the Harvard Law and Policy Review, the Boston College Law Review, and the Washington University Law Review.  In the fall of 2020, University of South Carolina TEDx selected Professor Eisenberg to give a talk entitled, “Reviving Rural America.”  Her book project by the same name is forthcoming with Cambridge University Press in 2022.  

Professor Eisenberg’s career focused on community development began with her service in the Peace Corps in Morocco from 2006 to 2008 and has been informed by her work as a practitioner as well as a scholar.  Since her Peace Corps service, she has conducted work in Morocco, India, West Virginia, and South Carolina on issues related to rural development.  She created South Carolina’s transactional Environmental Law Clinic, through which law students tackle complex projects focused on natural resource conservation, environmental justice, and community economic development.  Her other courses include Property, Water Law, Law and the Urban/Rural Divide, and Interviewing, Counseling, and Negotiation.  Prior to entering academia, Professor Eisenberg worked as a staff attorney for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit in St. Louis, Missouri.  She received her J.D., cum laude, from Cornell Law School, and is a member of the bars of New York and South Carolina.   


  • Environmental Law Clinic (LAWS 742)
  • Property (LAWS 509)
  • Interviewing, Counseling & Negotiation (LAWS 771)
  • Law and the Urban/Rural Divide (LAWS 783)
  • Water Law (LAWS 747)


  • Economic Regulation and Rural America, 98 Wash. U. L. Rev. __ (2021); [SSRN]
  • Distributive Justice and Rural America 61 B.C. L. Rev. 189 (2020); [SSRN]
  • Just Transitions, 92 S. CAL. L. REV. 2 (2019); [SSRN]
  • Rural Blight, 13 HARV. L. & POL’Y REV. 187 (2018) (invited contribution); [SSRN]
  • Alienation and Reconciliation in Social-Ecological Systems, 47 ENVTL. LAW 127 (2017); [SSRN]
  • Removal of Women and African-Americans in Jury Selection in South Carolina Capital Cases, 1997–2012, 9 NE. U. L. Rev. 299 (2017); [SSRN]

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