Stetson Law Taps Civil Rights Scholar as Next Dean
She is the first African American to serve in the post.
GULFPORT – Michèle Alexandre, a noted civil rights, gender and race scholar, and author, has been chosen as the next dean of Stetson University College of Law.
Alexandre’s appointment comes after a nationwide search. Alexandre is the College of Law’s first African-American dean. The appointment is effective in June.
“Dean Alexandre brings an extraordinary wealth of vision and expertise to this position,” said Stetson University Executive Vice President and Provost Noel Painter. “Her work in civil rights and gender equity fit hand in glove with Stetson Law’s emphasis on social justice and global citizenship, and our ongoing work for veterans, the elderly and the environment.”
Alexandre said, “I am thrilled to join the Stetson family. Stetson’s commitment to training global citizens and practice-ready lawyers represents a galvanizing vision for legal education in the twenty-first century. The College of Law’s priorities regarding social justice, academic rigor and student engagement are dear to my heart. I am eager to work with all aspects of the law school, the university and with its amazing alumni to help the law school continue to grow and reach new heights.”
Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby said, “Michèle Alexandre will lead Stetson Law in educating the next generation of outstanding Stetson lawyers,” said Stetson University President Wendy B. Libby, Ph.D. “She is the right person to affirm and build on our reputation for excellence.”
Stetson University College of Law is ranked No. 1 in trial advocacy and No. 3 in legal writing in the nation by U.S. News & World Report, and is Florida’s first law school.
Alexandre is currently serving as the associate dean for Faculty Development and Intellectual Life, professor of law, and the Leonard B. Melvin, Jr. Lecturer at the University of Mississippi School of Law. Her broad expertise and commitment to justice is evidenced in the organization of a biennial national conference on sustainability and social justice for poor populations in the rural South, occurring since 2011. Alexandre has experience that allows her to be laser-focused on excellence in legal education while leveraging Stetson’s commitment to the core aspects of the liberal arts.
At the University of Mississippi, she chaired the undergraduate Honors curriculum committee, led the Honors College faculty, and taught courses in the undergraduate international studies program.
Alexandre joined the University of Mississippi in 2008 as an associate professor, from the University of Memphis School of Law. Professor Alexandre is the first black valedictorian of Colgate University. She earned her Juris Doctor 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.
Alexandre is the author of the civil rights textbook The New Frontiers of Civil Rights Litigation and of Sexploitation: Sexual Profiling and the Illusion of Gender. She was named one of Ebony Magazine’s Top 100 influential African Americans of 2013 and one of the 50 “Most Influential Minority Law Professors 50 Years of Age or Younger” by Lawyers of Color Magazine. She has received Fulbright and Watson fellowships.
Alexandre also works on issues of sustainability and economic independence for small farmers in Mississippi’s Delta and other areas of the rural South. Since 2012, she has organized the Race and Sustainability Conference hosted by the University of Mississippi. This conference is a national conference focused on issues of sustainability and social justice for poor populations of the rural South.
Alexandre has published numerous law review articles, book chapters and op-eds. She 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 Journal 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, and the Oregon Law Review. 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”).
Alexandre received the Ben A. Hardy Faculty Excellence Award for outstanding teaching, scholarship, and service in 2016. In 2017, she was selected as an SEC-U Academic Leadership Development Program Fellow for 2017-18.
Photo of Michèle Alexandre courtesy of Stetson University College of Law.
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