UM Law Announces Faculty Promotions

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Susan Duncan, dean of the University of Mississippi School of Law, recently announced promotions for two of the school’s faculty members. Associate Dean Ben Cooper has been promoted to Senior Associate Dean, and Professor Michele Alexandre has been promoted to Associate Dean for Faculty Development.

As Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Cooper worked to expand course offerings, recruit new adjunct professors, advise students, and assist the dean, faculty and students on policy matters. He also worked closely with the Offices of Admissions, Careers Services, the Registrar, and Student Affairs.

“Ben is a major asset to the law school. His incredible work ethic, kind disposition, and depth of knowledge of the school and legal education make him an ideal person to undertake this role,” said Duncan. “I look forward to working with him on overall strategic initiatives and efforts to advance the law school.”

Prior to being named Associate Dean for Faculty Development, Alexandre served as the chair of the Speakers and Faculty Scholarship Committee working with committee members to bring faculty lectures and writing workshops to the Law School. Her teaching and scholarly areas include constitutional law, international law, civil rights law, disability law, critical race theory, human rights, and gender, and she has published numerous law review articles, book chapters, and op-eds.

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“Michele shares her passion for research by unselfishly motivating and encouraging others to engage in creative activity and is always willing to assist her colleagues,” said Duncan. “I look forward to Michele implementing new initiatives that will raise the research stature of our law school.”

For more information on Cooper and Alexandre, visit their faculty bios at