Professor Lisa Alexander's work focuses on the centrality of law in making housing markets both more efficient and more equitable. She has done extensive scholarship in legal and extra-legal rights to property, housing, and urban space, including, most recently, in the study of tiny houses, providing insights to policymakers on how to reimagine housing options and property rights for today’s world.
Alexander received her BA from Wesleyan University and her JD from Columbia University School of Law. She was a professor at University of Wisconsin Law from 2006 to 2017 before moving to Texas A&M University School of Law. At Texas A&M, she held a joint appointment as professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. She was also a Co-founder and a Co-Director of Texas A&M’s Program in Real Estate and Community.
Her fellowships and awards include being named a 2018 Texas A&M University Presidential Impact Fellow, the first person in the history of the School of Law selected for the honor. Her article on tiny houses is forthcoming in the Harvard Law & Policy Review, and she has published in the Minnesota Law Review, William & Mary Business Law Review and Fordham Urban Law Journal, among many others.
Professor Alexander was a Summer Honors Program attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, Housing Section; an Equal Justice Works Fellow; an Earl Warren Civil Rights Scholar; and a Coro Fellow in Public Affairs. She is a former Associate Editor of the ABA Journal of Affordable Housing & Community Development Law, the premiere scholarly publication in the field of affordable housing and community development law, and was also appointed to the Wisconsin State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.