Tristin Green

Tristin Green

Professor and Dean's Circle Scholar


USF Law Professor, Dean’s Circle Scholar, and Co-Director of USF's Work Law and Justice Program, Tristin Green specializes in laws affecting inequality, especially employment discrimination law. She brings to her teaching and her scholarship a background in journalism and sociology, and an interest in human relations and in the ways in which laws and contexts shape those relations. Her research and teaching interests include feminist legal theory, employment discrimination, race, gender and queer theory, status identity and emotions, and administrative structures, including wealth transfer systems and civil procedure.

Green often draws on the social sciences in her work to better understand how discrimination operates and how laws can be better framed and implemented to reduce discrimination and enhance equality. She has authored more than twenty chapters, articles, and essays, which have appeared in the Southern California Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum, Harvard Civil Rights and Civil Liberties Law Review, and California Law Review, among others. She collaborates frequently with sociologists and her work has been cited in scholarly journals on gender and race as well as in law journals. She is a founding member of UNLEASH Equality, founded in 2018 to provide evidence-based legal analysis and policy solutions for sexual harassment and other forms of sex-based harassment and discrimination. Her book, Discrimination Laundering: The Rise of Organizational Innocence and the Crisis of Equal Opportunity Law, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2017.

Green served as associate dean for faculty scholarship at USF Law from 2016-2019 and as associate dean for academic affairs from 2019-2020. For Academic Year 2022-23, Green will be a Visiting Professor of Law at LMU Loyola School of Law Los Angeles.


  • Employment Discrimination
  • Equality - Race, Sex, Disability


  • JD, UC Berkeley
  • MSJ, Medill School of Journalism, Northwestern University
  • BS, UC Los Angeles

Prior Experience

  • Professor, Seton Hall Law School
  • Visiting Professor, UC Berkeley School of Law
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Dolores K. Sloviter, U.S. Court of Appeals, Third Circuit
  • Law Clerk, Hon. Garland E. Burrell Jr., U.S. District Court, Eastern District of California


  • Racial Emotion at Work (in progress, under contract with University of California Press)
  • Love Match or Compatible in Theory? Charting the Relationship Between Critical Race Theory and Queer Theory in Legal Scholarship, in Oxford Handbook of Race and the Law (Khiara Bridges, Devon Carbado, Emily Houh, eds.)(Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2022), with Camille Gear Rich (law and sociology)

  • Wal-Mart v. Dukes Rewritten, in Feminist Judgments: Employment Discrimination Opinions Rewritten (Ann C. McGinley & Nicole B. Porter, eds.)(Cambridge University Press 2021)

  • Feminism and #MeToo: The Power of the Collective (Oxford Handbook of Feminism and Law in the U.S., 2021)
  • Discrimination Laundering: The Rise of Organizational Innocence and the Crisis of Equal Opportunity Law (Cambridge University Press, 2017) (SSRN) Read More
  • Sex-Based Discrimination: Text, Cases, and Materials (West, Seventh Edition, 2011) (Co-authored with Herma Hill Kay.)

Law Review and Journal Articles

  • “I'll See You At Work: Spatial Features and Discrimination,” 55 UC Davis Law Review 141 (2021).
  • “Rethinking Racial Entitlements: From Epithet to Theory,” 93 Southern California Law Review (2020). SSRN
  • "The Juxtaposition Turn: Watson v. Fort Worth Bank & Trust," 50 Seton Hall Law Review1445 (2020), symposium honoring the work of Charles Sullivan.

  • “Was Sexual Harassment Law a Mistake? The Stories We Tell,” 128 Yale Law Journal Forum (2018). Read here
  • “Social Closure Discrimination,” Berkeley Journal of Employment & Labor Law (Forthcoming, 2018). (co-authored with Catherine Albiston) SSRN
  • “America is from Venus, France is from Mars: Pinups, Policing, and Gender Equality,” Employee Rights & Employment Policy Journal (2016). SSRN
  • “On Employment Discrimination and Police Misconduct: Title VII and the Mirage of the "Monell Analogue",” 95 Boston University Law Review 1077 (2015). SSRN
  • “Civil Rights Lemonade: Title VII, Gender, and Working Options for Working Families,” 10 Stanford Journal of Civil Rights and Civil Liberties 191 (2014). SSRN
  • “Racial Emotion in the Workplace,” 86 Southern California Law Review 959 (2013). Read More
  • “'It's Not You, It's Me': Assessing an Emerging Relationship Between Law and Social Science,” 46 Connecticut Law Review 287 (2013). SSRN
  • “The Future of Systemic Disparate Treatment Law,” 32 Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law 395 (2011). SSRN
  • “Race and Sex in Organizing Work: 'Diversity,' Discrimination, and Integration,” 59 Emory Law Review 585 (2010). SSRN
  • “Discomfort at Work: Workplace Assimilation Demands and the Contact Hypothesis,” 86 North Carolina Law Review 379 (2008). SSRN
  • “Discrimination-Reducing Measures at the Relational Level,” 59 Hastings Law Journal 1435 (2008). (Co-authored with Alexandra Kalev.) SSRN
  • “Insular Individualism: Employment Discrimination Law After Ledbetter v. Goodyear,” 43 Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review 353 (2008). SSRN
  • “A Structural Approach as Antidiscrimination Mandate: Locating Employer Wrong,” 60 Vanderbilt Law Review 849 (2007). SSRN
  • “Work Culture and Discrimination,” 93 California Law Review 623 (2005). SSRN
  • “Discrimination in Workplace Dynamics: Toward a Structural Account of Disparate Treatment Theory,” 38 Harvard Civil Rights – Civil Liberties Law Review 91 (2003). SSRN
  • “Targeting Workplace Context: Title VII as a Tool for Institutional Reform,” 72 Fordham Law Review 659 (2003). SSRN