Professor Polavarapu teaches in the areas of Rule of Law, Transnational Law, and Human Rights Law. Her research focuses on rule of law and human rights, with particular emphasis on land rights and customary/statutory law interaction. She has worked in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda, and Tanzania, and has substantial experience throughout Africa. Prior to coming to South Carolina, she was a teaching fellow with Georgetown's International Women's Human Rights Clinic. Prior to that, she practiced law at Edwards Angell Palmer & Dodge LLP in Boston. Professor Polavarapu received her law degree from Georgetown University Law Center, her undergraduate degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and a Masters degree in international affairs from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy.