Areas of Specialization
Constitutional History; Constitutional Law; Election Law; Law and Religion; Race and American Law.
Selected Topics in Race & American Legal History, W&M Law Review
Representative Professional Activities & Achievements
Joined the faculty in 1990. Clerked for Judge Walter R. Mansfield, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Practiced employment law in Raleigh. Served as the Goldberg Distinguished Visiting Professor at Cornell Law School in 2007, and as a visiting professor at the law schools of the University of Iowa, Emory University, University of Auckland and University of Melbourne. Also served as Director of William & Mary's Institute of Bill of Rights Law, 1997-2004, and as the founding Director from 2005-2008 of William & Mary's Election Law Program. Is currently the faculty advisor to the William and Mary Law Review.
Author or editor of several books, including Jim Crow Moves North: The Battle Over Northern School Segregation, 1865-1954 (2005) and Reading, Writing & Race: The Desegregation of the Charlotte Schools (1995), and numerous articles including ones in the Michigan, Northwestern, Texas, UCLA, Wake Forest, and William and Mary law reviews. Has lectured on American constitutional law and history at various universities in the United States, Africa, Asia, Australia, and Europe.
Received the Black Law Students Association Outstanding Faculty Award in 2004. Recipient of the State Council of Higher Education Outstanding Faculty Award in 2002 (one of eleven recipients throughout the state of Virginia) and the Walter L. Williams, Jr. Teaching Award in 1993, 1995, 1999, 2001 and 2006 as the law school's outstanding teacher. Received the William and Mary Phi Beta Kappa Faculty Award for Advancement of Scholarship in 1995.
Professor Douglas's publications
- Jim Crow Moves North: The Battle over Northern School Segregation, 1865-1954 (Cambridge University Press 2005) (part of the Cambridge Historical Studies in American Law and Society book series).
- Co-editor, A Year at the Supreme Court (Duke University Press 2004) (part of the Constitutional Conflicts book series) (with Neal Devins).
- Co-author, Constitutional Law in Context (Carolina Academic Press, 1st ed. 2003; 2d ed. 2006) (with Michael Curtis, Paul Finkelman, & Wilson Parker) (2 volumes with teacher's manual and annual supplements).
- Co-editor, Redefining Equality (Oxford University Press 1998)(with Neal Devins).
- Reading, Writing, and Race: The Desegregation of the Charlotte Schools (University of North Carolina Press 1995).
- Editor, The Public Debate Over Busing and Attempts to Restrict Its Use (Garland Press 1994).
- Editor, The Development of School Busing as a Desegregation Remedy (Garland Press 1994).
- The Legacy of St. George Tucker, 47 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 1111 (2006) (introduction to symposium issue).
- The Death Penalty and International Law, 13 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts. J. 305 (2005) (introduction to symposium issue).
- The Struggle for School Desegregation in Cincinnati Before 1954, 71 U. Cin. L. Rev. 979 (2003) (special lecture given at the University of Cincinnati College of Law).
- The Rhetorical Uses of Marbury v. Madison: The Emergence of a "Great Case," 38 Wake Forest L. Rev. 375 (2003) (article in symposium issue on judicial review).
- Contract Rights and Civil Rights (reviewing David E. Bernstein, Only One Place of Redress: African Americans, Labor Regulations, and the Courts from Reconstruction to the New Deal), 100 Mich. L. Rev. 1541 (2002) (book review essay).
- The Jeffersonian Vision of Legal Education, 51 J. Legal Educ. 185 (2001). Available online here (PDF format)
- Religion in the Public Square, 42 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 647 (2001) (introduction to symposium issue).
- God and the Executioner: The Influence of Western Religion on the Death Penalty, 9 Wm. & Mary Bill Rts J. 137 (2000).
- Justifying Racial Reform (reviewing Daryl Michael Scott, Contempt and Pity: Social Policy and the Image of the Damaged Black Psyche, 1880-1996), 76 Tex. L. Rev. 1163 (1998) (book review essay).
- The End of Busing? (reviewing Gary Orfield and Susan E. Eaton, Dismantling Desegregation: The Quiet Reversal of Brown v. Board of Education), 95 Mich. L. Rev. 1715 (1997) (book review essay).
- An Old Debate Continues Over Integrated Schools, 1 Green Bag 2d 13 (1997).
- The Limits of Law in Accomplishing Racial Change: School Segregation in the Pre-Brown North, 44 UCLA L. Rev. 677 (1997).
Honorable Mention, Association of American Law Schools, Call for Scholarly Papers Competition, 1996 (competition open to all law professors with fewer than seven years teaching experience); Honorable Mention, History of Education Society Award for best article published during the 1996-1997 biennium.
- The Promise of "Brown" Forty Years Later, 36 Wm. & Mary L. Rev. 337 (1995) (introduction to symposium issue).
- The Quest for Freedom in the Post-Brown South: Desegregation and White Self-Interest, 70 Chic.-Kent L. Rev. 689 (1994), reprinted in part in Critical White Studies: Looking Behind the Mirror (Richard Delgado & Jean Stefancic eds., Temple U. Press 1997).
- The Rhetoric of Moderation: Desegregating the South During the Decade After Brown, 89 Nw. U. L. Rev. 92 (1994).
Winner, History of Education Society Award for best article published during the 1994-1995 biennium.
- Labor Unions in the Boardroom: An Antitrust Dilemma, 92 Yale L.J. 106 (1982) (student note).
- Reinhold Niebuhr, in The Teachings of Modern Christianity on Law, Politics, and Human Nature (John Witte & Frank Alexander eds., Columbia U. Press 2005).
- Brown v. Board of Education and Its Impact on Black Education in America, in From the Grassroots to the Supreme Court: Explorations of Brown v. Board of Education and American Democracy (Peter Lau ed., Duke U. Press 2004).
- Reinhold Niebuhr and Critical Race Theory, in Christian Perspectives on Legal Thought (Michael McConnell, Robert Cochran, & Angela Carmella eds., Yale U. Press 2001).
- Co-author, The Pursuit of Equality, in Redefining Equality (Neal Devins & Davison M. Douglas eds., Oxford University Press 1998) (with Neal Devins).
- The Faiths of the Founding Fathers, by David Holmes. 49 J. Church & St. 151 (2007) (book review).
- Associate Editor, Encyclopedia of American Civil Liberties. 3 volumes (Routledge Press 2006) (with Paul Finkelman, General Editor; Gabriel Chin, Rodney Smolla, Melvin Urofsky, Mary Volcansek, Associate Editors).
- Teaching Equality: Black Schools in the Age of Jim Crow, by Adam Fairclough. H-Net Reviews in the Humanities and Social Sciences (2002) (book review).
- Make Haste Slowly: Moderates, Conservatives, and School Desegregation in Houston, by William Kellar. 105 Am. Hist. Rev. 961 (2000) (book review).
- Getting Around Brown: Desegregation, Development, and the Columbus Public Schools, by Gregory Jacobs. 109 Ohio Hist. 104 (2000) (book review).
- But for Birmingham: The Local and National Movements in the Civil Rights Struggle, by Glenn Eskew. 105 Am. Hist. Rev. 1771 (2000) (book review).
- Race Relations Litigation in an Age of Complexity, by Stephen Wasby, and Forced Justice: School Desegregation and the Law, by David Armor. 16 Law & Hist. Rev. 628 (1998) (book review).
- Desegregating Texas Schools: Eisenhower, Shivers, and the Crisis at Mansfield High, by Robyn Ladino. 556 The Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science 214 (1998) (book review).
- Foreword to Pauli Murray, States' Law on Race and Color (U. Geo. Press 2d ed. 1997).
- The Separate City: Black Communities in the Urban South, by Christopher Silver and John V. Moeser. 79 Ga. Hist. Q. 995 (1995)(book review).
- Race, Law, and American History, 1700-1990, by Paul Finkelman (ed.). 37 Am. J. Legal Hist. 513 (1993) (book review).
- Clement Haynsworth, the Senate, and the Supreme Court, by John Frank. 36 Am. J. Legal Hist. 392 (1992)(book review).