Lisa Alexander's scholarship focuses on U.S. housing law and policy, and the law’s role in making housing markets more efficient and more equitable. She has conducted extensive research in legal and extra-legal rights to property, housing, and urban space, most recently including the study of tiny houses. Her scholarship and teaching illuminate the challenges of equitably allocating housing rights and opportunities, and provide insights to policymakers on how to reimagine housing options and property rights for today’s world. She teaches corporations, housing law and policy, and local government law at Boston College Law School.
Alexander received her B.A. from Wesleyan University and her J.D. from Columbia University. She was a professor at the University of Wisconsin Law School from 2006 to 2017 before moving to Texas A&M University School of Law. At Texas A&M, she held a joint appointment as a professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Urban Planning. She was also Co-Founder and Co-Director of Texas A&M’s Program in Real Estate and Community Development Law, programming that she will continue at Boston College Law School.
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 latest article on tiny houses is forthcoming in the Harvard Law & Policy Review. She has also published in the Minnesota Law Review, Yale Law Journal Forum, Hastings Law Journal, William & Mary Business Law Review and Fordham Urban Law Journal, among many others.
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 its field. She was also appointed to the Wisconsin State Advisory Committee for the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights.