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James M. Donovan assumed his role as Director of the University of Kentucky College of Law Alvin E. Evans Law Library in December 2010. As Associate Professor of Law, Donovan teaches advanced legal research, internet law, and a seminar in legal anthropology.

Before coming to the University of Kentucky, Professor Donovan was a member of the library teams at the University of Georgia School of Law Library and at the Tulane University Law School. He has held an adjunct appointment to the UGA Department of Anthropology, for which he taught legal anthropology. Published books include Legal Anthropology: An Introduction (AltaMira Press, 2008), and Anthropology & Law (Berghahn, 2003). He also served as editor-in-chief of the AALL publication Sexual Orientation and the Law: A Research Bibliography (2006). Additional work in the areas of sexual orientation law, religion and the law, and law as a species of regulatory social norm has appeared in a number of law reviews and peer-reviewed journals. His substantive legal research complements his ongoing researches in library topics such as the role of digital institutional repositories in law schools, librarianship as a profession, and the future role of the library as a social institution within this age of Google.


  • Legal Anthropology
  • Internet Law
  • Legal Research


  • Law 933 Internet Law
  • Law 913 Advanced Legal Research
  • Law 956 Seminar: Law and Anthropology
  • Law 941 Seminar: Law of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
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