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Gregory Parks, J.D., Ph.D.

Associate Dean of Research, Public Engagement, and Faculty Development

Parks is a clinical psychologist and lawyer who researches fraternities as well as the relationship between race, bias, and the law.

Biography

Gregory Parks pairs his legal expertise with his doctorate in clinical psychology, a combination that allows him to empirically investigate racial attitudes and biases and their connection to the law. His legal scholarship, which is informed by both cognitive and social psychology, explores social justice, civil rights, and black fraternal networks. He is a renowned expert on the social dynamics and legal repercussions of violent hazing in fraternities and sororities. Prior Read More »

Gregory Parks pairs his legal expertise with his doctorate in clinical psychology, a combination that allows him to empirically investigate racial attitudes and biases and their connection to the law. His legal scholarship, which is informed by both cognitive and social psychology, explores social justice, civil rights, and black fraternal networks. He is a renowned expert on the social dynamics and legal repercussions of violent hazing in fraternities and sororities. Prior to teaching, Parks was a trial lawyer with the Washington, D.C. office of McDermott Will & Emery LLP. He previously clerked on the U.S. State Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit as well as the District of Columbia Court of Appeals.

Media Appearances

Commentary: How to stop hazing: What colleges need to know (everyone else too)

Orlando Sentinel

November 30, 2017

Rituals of hazing can be gruesome, sometimes deadly. Since 1970, there has been at least one hazing-related death on a college campus each year. To learn more about what’s being done to stop the practice, the Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board contacted HazingPrevention.org, and sought out Gregory S. Parks, a law professor at Wake Forest University.

The Pledge

BBC World Service

February 11, 2019

On college campuses across the United States, students die every year as a result of “hazing” - sometimes violent and dangerous rituals designed to initiate new members into a group to which they pledge loyalty.

How To Stop Hazing

NPR - 1A

November 15, 2017

Once again, Greek life at American colleges is under scrutiny – this time after the death of a 20-year-old fraternity pledge at Florida State University. FSU has suspended Greek activities.

Articles

Judicial Recusal: Cognitive Biases and Racial Stereotyping

For generations, there had been strenuous resistance to the notion that judges are purely rational beings in their legal decision-making. In 1921, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Benjamin Cardozo — who at the time was a judge on the New York Court of Appeals — agreed. Then, in 1930, legal realist Jerome Frank speculated that judicial decisions could reflect such mundane influences as what the judge ate for breakfast. A decade later, when Frank sat on the federal bench, he continued with this line of reasoning.

Asian American Fraternity Hazing: An Analysis of Community-Level Factors

When Asian-Americans began entering college during the early twentieth-century, they faced institutional barriers to full participation in college life. They were denied on-campus housing, access to scholarship funds, and entrance into fraternal organizations, which included written exclusionary policies prohibiting any nonwhite and non-Christian membership. Faced with these exclusions, Asian American men and women founded their own fraternal organizations as spaces to provide social support, camaraderie, resources, and ties to the broader ethnic community.

Judging Racism

The article addresses the fairly recent incident where the Chief U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Montana forwarded a racist e-mail about President Obama that was picked up by the media. When questioned about it, he indicated that though he knew the e-mail to be racist, he was not a racist. The article investigates the accuracy of his assertion, largely through the lens of implicit (subconscious) race bias research from the fields of social and cognitive psychology.

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Areas of Expertise

  • Unconscious Bias
  • Social Science
  • Racism
  • Psychology
  • HBCU
  • Greek Life
  • Fraternal Networks
  • Empirical Research
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Civil Rights
  • Black Fraternities
  • Bias
  • Civil Procedure
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Criminal Justice
  • Fraternities
  • Forensic Psychology
  • Hazing
  • Jury Selection
  • Race Law
  • Social Justice
  • Sororities

Education

Cornell Law School: J.D., Law

University of Kentucky: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

Howard University: B.S., Psychology

John Jay College of Criminal Justice: M.S., Forensic Psychology

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