Destiny Peery

Visiting Assistant Professor of Law


Destiny Peery is an interdisciplinary scholar interested in the intersections of psychology and law, broadly speaking.  More specifically, her current scholarship and teaching is aimed at investigating the role of psychological, legal, and political processes in shaping our understandings of race, stereotyping, prejudice, and discrimination, as well as processing of information in legal settings, particularly in the realm of evidence law and the use of social science research in legal settings.

Immediately prior to joining the Duke Law faculty as a visiting assistant professor in July 2012, Peery completed her JD and PhD in social psychology at Northwestern University as part of a joint-degree program. In support of her dissertation work, Peery was awarded an American Bar Foundation Doctoral Fellowship in 2010. At Northwestern Law School, Peery served as an Articles Editor for the Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy. She has and continues to serve as an ad-hoc reviewer for a number of high-impact peer review journals in psychology, including Psychological Science and the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology. Peery received her BA in psychology, summa cum laude, from the University of Minnesota in 2005.

Peery’s recent publications include “The Colorblind Ideal in a Race Conscious Reality:  The Case for a New Legal Ideal for Race Relations” in the Northwestern Journal of Law and Social Policy, “Achieving Diversity on the Jury:  Jury Size and Peremptory Challenge in the Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, “Broadening Horizons:  Considerations for Creating a More Complete Science of Diversity” in Psychological Inquiry, and “Ambiguity and Ambivalence in the Voting Booth and Beyond: A Social-Psychological Perspective on Racial Attitudes and Behavior in the Obama Era” in the Du Bois Review. She has also presented her work at a number of national academic conferences, including Law and Society, the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues, and the Society for Personality and Social Psychology.