Dunham came to Elon from the University of Virginia School of Law, where she compiled and analyzed research exploring social psychology and legal education. In addition to authoring publications in the area of legal education, Dunham's scholarly publications include works examining aspects of procedural law and gender equality. At Elon, Dunham teaches Civil Procedure, Appellate Advocacy, Pre-trial Litigation and other courses in the Trial Practice Program. Dunham also serves on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and teaches in regional and national advocacy programs. Prior to joining Elon, Dunham served as director of the Legal Research and Writing Program and assistant professor of law at Campbell University School of Law. She also served as a law clerk to Judge Sidney S. Eagles Jr., at the North Carolina Court of Appeals before practicing law, representing clients in trial and appellate litigation in both North Carolina and federal courts. In 2003, she received the American Bar Association's E. Smythe Gambrell Award for teaching professionalism. Dunham has a bachelor's degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, a juris doctor from Campbell University and a master of laws from the University of Virginia School of Law.