D. Wendy Greene
Department: Cumberland School of Law
Degrees and CertificationsLL.M., The George Washington University Law SchoolJ.D., Tulane University Law SchoolB.A., Cum Laude, English, Xavier University of Louisiana
Teaching & Research Interests: Comparative Slavery, Constitutional Law, Critical Race Theory, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Equitable Remedies, Race Relations Law & Real Property
DORIS “WENDY” GREENE is a Professor of Law at Samford University’s Cumberland School of Law. Since joining the Cumberland faculty in 2007, Professor Greene has produced an authoritative body of work on race and gender-based grooming codes discrimination in the workplace in addition to the socio-legal construction of race and its import to contemporary anti-discrimination law protections. She has presented her legal scholarship and interventions at over 50 professional conferences domestically and abroad and her cutting-edge scholarship has been featured in reputed general and specialty law journals, such as the Colorado Law Review, Missouri Law Review, the Iowa Journal of Gender, Race, and Justice, the Michigan Journal of Race and Law, the Michigan Journal of Law Reform, and the California Law Review Circuit. Widely cited, her scholarly works have shaped the legal positions of administrative law and federal court judges adjudicating race discrimination cases as well as the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.
For her innovative scholarship and teaching, Professor Greene has also earned both institutional and national recognition. Notably, for her article, Categorically Black, White, or Wrong: Misperception Discrimination and the State of Title VII Protection, Professor Greene received the Law and Society Association 2015 John Hope Franklin Prize: a distinctive national honor that “recognizes exceptional scholarship in the field of Race, Racism, and the Law.” Twice she has been conferred the Lightfoot, Franklin & White Award for Best Faculty Scholarship for her articles: Title VII: What’s Hair (and Other Race-Based Characteristics) Got to Do With It?,; Categorically Black, White, or Wrong: “Misperception Discrimination” and the State of Title VII Protection; and A Multidimensional Analysis of What Not To Wear in The Workplace: Hijabs and Natural Hair. In 2011, she was presented the Harvey S. Jackson Excellence in Teaching Award for Upper Level Courses. And, in 2014, Professor Greene: was one of 12 academicians named an “Emerging Scholar” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine; honored by her alma mater, Xavier University of Louisiana, as an inaugural young alumni award recipient; and served as the Inaugural Scholar In Residence at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami.
Professor Greene teaches Constitutional Law, Employment Law, Employment Discrimination, Equitable Remedies, Real Property, Race and American Law, Critical Race Theory, and a specialty course on Workplace Appearance Discrimination, Dress Codes, and the Law. In addition to maintaining a robust teaching and scholarly agenda, between 2012 and 2014 Professor Greene served as Cumberland’s Director of Faculty Development and between 2010 and 2012 as co-chair of Cumberland’s Faculty Development Committee. She is also actively involved in myriad professional communities and the community-at-large. Since 2008, Professor Greene has continuously served on the Executive Committee of the National Bar Association Law Professors Division and the Executive Planning Committee of the Southeast/Southwest People of Color Legal Scholarship Conference. Professor Greene is: Chair of the American Association of Law Schools (AALS) Section on Women in Legal Education; an Executive Committee member of the AALS Section on Employment Discrimination; and a Planning Committee member of the Lutie Lytle Black Women Law Faculty Writing Workshop Planning Committee. She has also served on several program committees for the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute and as a Board Member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Alabama.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Professor Greene graduated cum laude from Xavier University of Louisiana with an Honors Distinction in English and a double minor in African American Studies and Spanish. She earned a Juris Doctorate from Tulane University Law School and a Masters of Law degree from the George Washington University Law School where her areas of concentration were comparative slavery and race relations law in the Americas and the Caribbean and employment discrimination law. Following graduation from Tulane, she was employed with a Washington D.C. lobbying firm and a boutique labor and employment law firm in Houston, Texas.
Awards and HonorsHarvey S. Jackson Excellence in Teaching Award for Upper Level Courses, 2011Lightfoot, Franklin & White Award for Best Faculty Scholarship, 2009 & 2014“Emerging Scholar” by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education magazine (2014)Law and Society Association John Hope Franklin Prize Recipient, 2015Inaugural Scholar in Residence, St. Thomas University School of Law--Miami (Fall 2014)
PublicationsAll in the Family: Interracial Intimacy, Racial Fictions, and the Law, Review of Angela Onwuachi-Willig, ACCORDING TO OUR HEARTS: RHINELANDER V. RHINELANDER AND THE LAW OF THE MULTIRACIAL FAMILY (YALE UNIV. PRESS 2013), 4 CAL. L. REV. CIRCUIT 179 (2013)Categorically Black, White, or Wrong: "Misperception Discrimination" and the State of Title VII Protection, 47 MICH. J. L. REF. 101 (2013)A Multidimensional Analysis of What Not to Wear in the Workplace: Hijabs and Natural Hair, 8 FIU L. REV. 333 (2013)Black Women Can’t Have Blonde Hair . . . in the Workplace, 14 J. GENDER RACE & JUST. 405 (2011)Pretext Without Context, 75 MO. L. REV. 403 (2010)On Race, Nationhood and Citizenship, Review of Laura E. Gómez’s MANIFEST DESTINIES: THE MAKING OF THE MEXICAN AMERICAN RACE, 34 T. MARSHALL L. REV. 421 (2010)Determining the (In)determinable: Race in Brazil and the United States, 14 MICH. J. RACE & L. 143 (2009)Title VII: What’s Hair (And Other Race-Based Characteristics) Got to Do With It? 79 U. COLO. L. REV. 1355 (2008)