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Regina B. Grantham
Professional Studies Building Main office: Room 2201 Cortland, NY 13045
Phone: 607-753-5423
Fax: 607-753-5940

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Faculty/Staff Detail

Genevieve Birren

Genevieve F.E. Birren, Esq. is an Assistant Professor in the Sport Management Department at SUNY Cortland. Prior to coming to Cortland, she was a Visiting Professor at the University of Memphis, interned in operations at Major League Soccer, worked in sports information at the Division I level, and also worked as a legal research assistant.  She teaches undergraduate and graduate sport finance, undergraduate facility management, undergraduate event management, undergraduate sport law, undergraduate international sport culture and society, graduate international sport law, and graduate research methods.  She has also overseen internships and projects for both graduate and undergraduate students. 

In addition to her teaching responsibilities, Prof. Birren has served as the Department’s Graduate Coordinator since 2012 and as an advisor to graduate students since her arrival at Cortland.  She has also served as a member and chair of numerous department, school and university committees. 

Prof. Birren has received a number of awards and honors during her academic career, including the Martin J. Greenberg Award for the Excellence in the Study of Sports Law and the Carl Scheer Award for Best Venue Paper while at Marquette Law School, where she served on the Law Review Board for two years. She is also a member of the Wisconsin Bar and the Sport and Recreation Law Association.


ABD from the University of New Mexico. Dissertation title: “An Analysis of the Results of Court of Arbitration for Sport Doping Awards involving Athletes between 1994 and 2008.”

Juris Doctor from Marquette University Law School (certificate earned in Sport Law) in 2004.

Master’s of Science in Sports Business (focus in Finance and Development) from New York University, 2006.

Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2001.


Undergraduate courses taught

SPM 227 – Stadium and Arena Management
SPM 255 – Event Management
SPM 373 – Sport Law and Organization (multiple sections in fall and spring semesters)

Graduate Courses

SPM 666 – Business and Finance of Sport (online and in-person)
SPM 668 – International Business and Finance of Sport
SPM 650 – Research Methods in Sports Managements
SPM 675 – International Sport Law
SPM 685 – Internship/Master’s Project


Peer Reviewed Articles

Birren, G.F.E. (2014). “A brief history of sport labor stoppages.” DePaul Journal of Sport Law & Contemporary Issues, 10(1). 

Birren, G.F.E and Fransen, J.C. (2008), “The body and the law: How physiological and legal obstacles combine to create barriers to accurate drug testing.” Marquette Sports Law Review, 19(1), 253-289.

Birren, G.F.E. (2006). “Canada meets the U.S. on the legal playing field of multinational sports leagues.” International Association of Sport Lawyers: Pandetkis, 6(3-4), 339-360.

Birren, G.F.E. (2004). “NFL v. Sherman Act: How the NFL’s ban on public ownership violates the federal antitrust laws.” Sport Lawyers Journal, 11(1), 121-139.

Book Chapters and Monographs

Birren, G.F.E. (2011). “Public/private facility financing.” In Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing (Swayne, L.E. and Dodds, M., Eds.) Sage Publications; Thousand Oaks, CA.

Birren, G.F.E. (2011). “Ownership of professional sport teams.” In Encyclopedia of Sports Management and Marketing (Swayne, L.E. and Dodds, M., Eds.) Sage Publications; Thousand Oaks, CA.


SUNY Cortland university-wide
Academic Grievance Tribunal Consultative Pool (2012-2014); Chair (2014)
Center for Ethics, Peace and Social Justice board member (2013-present)
Student Affairs Committee (2014-present)
SUNY Cortland School of Professional Studies
Curriculum Committee (2014-present)
SUNY Cortland Sport Management Department
Department Chair Search Committee (2011-2012)
Graduate Advisory Committee (2011-present); Chair (2012 - present)
Curriculum Committee (2011-2014)
Graduate Coordinator (2012- present)
Assistant Professor Search Committee (2012-2013; 2013-2014, Chair 2014-2015)
Personnel Committee (2012-2014)
Industry and Professional
Sport and Recreation Law Association, Member (2009-2013), served as Student Representative on Board in 2009-2010
Wisconsin State Bar, Member, 2004-2007, Inactive Member 2007-present