Patricia Davidson

Part-Time Lecturer


Professor Davidson’s interdisciplinary teaching, scholarship and advocacy endeavors focus on health law and policy, with an emphasis on emerging issues in public health law. Professor Davidson earned a certificate in teaching English to Second Language Speakers in 2012 and has been teaching analytical skills to international students since 2013.  

As a Senior Staff Attorney for the Public Health Advocacy Institute, a nonprofit organization affiliated with Northeastern University Law School, she managed a multi-year tobacco law project funded by a grant from the National Cancer Institute. During her tenure at PHAI Pat also taught Northeastern School of Law’s Public Health Law Clinic, introducing climate change to the clinic curriculum. Earlier in her career Davidson specialized in HIV/AIDS law and policy, serving as the American Bar Association’s first director of its AIDS Coordinating Committee and as a congressional liaison for the AIDS Action Council in Washington, DC.

Professor Davidson earned her Juris Doctor degree at UCLA School of Law and has taught health law courses in California as well as Massachusetts. At UC Hastings School of Law in San Francisco Pat taught health and biomedical courses which drew students from both the J.D and Masters of Legal Studies Program.

She also developed and taught a year-long hybrid online Climate Change course for the Masters in Sustainable Business degree program at Marlboro College in Vermont.

In 2019 Professor Davidson taught English at the Faculty of Security in North Macedonia as a Fellow in the U.S. State Department’s English Language overseas program. Currently Professor Davidson is teaching Public Speaking and the Sociology of Boston in the Northeastern University Immerse Program. 


JD from University of California-Los Angeles (1980)