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School of Law


Marie C. Boyd

Title: Associate Professor of Law
School of Law
Phone: 803-777-2851

1525 Senate Street
Room 216
Columbia, SC 29208



Marie C. Boyd


Professor Marie Boyd’s research focuses on the regulation of food, drugs, medical devices, and cosmetics by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).  Her current work examines the relationship between FDA regulation and gender, race, and state tort law.  Her prior work explores topics including the relationship between law and culture in the context of the regulation of insects as human food, the regulation of food allergens, and the preemption of state tort law claims in the generic drug context.  Her scholarship has been published in journals including the Boston University Law Review, the Cardozo Law Review, the Yale Journal of Law & Feminism, and the Yale Law & Policy Review. She teaches Food and Drug Law, Food Law and Policy, Administrative Law, and Torts.

Boyd previously served as a visiting assistant professor at the University of South Carolina School of Law.  Prior to joining the University of South Carolina School of Law, she practiced law with Covington & Burling LLP in Washington, DC.  At Covington, she advised companies on the federal and state regulation of drugs, biologics, medical devices, foods, and dietary supplements.  She also advised and represented low-income DC residents in a variety of civil contexts ranging from family matters to landlord-tenant disputes through the Neighborhood Legal Services Program.  Boyd earned an A.B. in Chemistry from Harvard University and a J.D. from Yale Law School.



  • J.D. (2007) Yale Law School
  • A.B. (2003) Harvard University


  • Torts (LAWS 529)
  • Food & Drug Law (LAWS 655)
  • Food Law & Policy (LAWS 698)
  • Administrative Law (LAWS 709)


  • Preemption & Gender & Racial (In)equity: Why State Tort Law Is Needed in the Cosmetics Context, 102 B.U. L. Rev. 167 (2022).
  • Gender, Race & the Inadequate Regulation of Cosmetics, 30 Yale J. L. & Feminism 275 (2018).
  • Serving Up Allergy Labeling: Mitigating Food Allergen Risks in Restaurants, 97 Or. L. Rev. 109 (2018).
  • Cricket Soup: A Critical Examination of the Regulation of Insects as Food, 36 Yale L. & Pol'y Rev. 17 (2017).
  • FDA, Negotiated Rulemaking, and Generics: A Proposal, in FDA In The Twenty-First Century 382–401 (Holly Fernandez Lynch & I. Glenn Cohen eds., 2015).
  • Unequal Protection Under the Law: Why FDA Should Use Negotiated Rulemaking to Reform the Regulation of Generic Drugs, 35 Cardozo L. Rev. 1525 (2014).
  • Zoning for Apartments: A Study of the Role of Law in the Control of Apartment Houses in New Haven, Connecticut, 1912–1932, 33 Pace L. Rev. 600 (2013).
  • FDA Regulation of Biological Products, in The Pharmaceutical Regulatory Process (2nd ed. 2008), with Michael S. Labson and Krista Hessler Carver.

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