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Michèle Alexandre

Professor Michèle Alexandre joined our faculty in 2008, as an Associate Professor, from the University of Memphis School of Law. Professor Alexandre is the first black woman valedictorian of Colgate University.  She earned her Juris Doctor degree (J.D.) from Harvard Law School.  Her teaching and scholarly areas include constitutional law, international law, civil rights law, disability law, critical race theory, human rights and gender.

Professor Alexandre’s prior professional experience include serving as a civil rights attorney with Chestnut Sanders Sanders Pettaway Campbell & Albright L.L.C. in Selma, AL; as an Associate in the Corporate Real Estate Department of the Debevoise & Plimpton law firm and as a Law Clerk for the Hon. John P. Fullam, U.S. Eastern District Court of Pennsylvania. Professor Alexandre has received Fulbright and Watson Fellowships to pursue her research projects.

Professor Alexandre has published numerous law review articles, book chapters and op-eds. Professor Alexandre also works on issues of sustainability and economic independence for small farmers in Mississippi’s Delta and other areas of the rural South. In the fall of 2012, she organized a national conference, hosted by the University of Mississippi, focused on international and domestic models of sustainability for poor populations of the rural South.

Professor Alexandre has published law review articles in the Washington and Lee Law Review, the Duke Journal of Gender Law and Policy, the UCLA Chicano/a-Latino/a Law Review, the Hastings Women Law Journal, the Oxford Round Table’s Forum on Public Policy, the Boston College of Environmental Affairs Law Review, the William and Mary Journal of Women and the Law, the American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy and the Law, the UMKC Law Review, the University of Pennsylvania Journal of Law and Social Change, the Indiana Law Review (forthcoming spring 2013) and the Oregon Law Review (forthcoming spring 2013). In addition, she has published book chapters with Carolina Academic Press (LAW, PROPERTY, AND SOCIETY), Ashgate Publishing (RACE TO INJUSTICE: LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE DUKE UNIVERSITY LACROSSE PLAYERS’ RAPE CASE) and Routledge (TRANSCENDING BOUNDARIES OF LAW).

Professor Alexandre is currently working on an upcoming book entitled SEXPLOITATION FROM THE NEWSROOM TO THE COURTROOM: INVESTIGATING SEXUAL PROFILING IN AMERICAN SOCIETY (Routledge).  Her civil rights textbook, entitled THE NEW FRONTIERS OF CIVIL RIGHTS LITIGATION (Carolina Academic Press), is scheduled for 2014.

Professor Alexandre’s articles are available on SSRN at: http://ssrn.com/author=981650