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Charlotte Alexander

Assistant Professor    Secondary Appointment: College of Law    

J.D., Harvard Law School
B.A., Columbia University

  • employment law
  • workplace dispute resolution
  • civil litigation trends
  • empirical legal studies

Charlotte Alexander is an assistant professor of legal studies in the Department of Risk Management & Insurance at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business, with a secondary appointment at the College of Law. Her scholarly work focuses on the employment relationship as a source of legal and economic risk for both workers and employers. In particular, she is interested in workers’ decision-making about whether and how to respond to workplace problems. She also uses empirical methods to study trends in employment litigation (particularly the recent “boom” in wage and hour litigation), employers’ perceptions of their employment litigation risk, and the changes that employers make to their policies and practices in response.

Alexander received her B.A., magna cum laude, from Columbia University and her J.D., cum laude, from Harvard Law School, where she was elected president of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau and received the Dean’s Award for Community Leadership, the Kaufman Pro Bono Service Award, and an Excellence in Teaching Award for her work as a teaching assistant. After law school, she clerked for Judge Nancy Gertner of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, and then served as a Skadden Fellow and senior staff attorney at Georgia Legal Services’ Farmworker Rights Division.

Alexander’s previous and forthcoming law review publications have appeared in the NYU Law Review, Minnesota Law Review, Indiana Law Journal (Bloomington), U.C. Davis Law Review, Connecticut Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, among others. She has also published in peer reviewed journals, including the American Business Law Journal and Industrial Relations: A Journal of Economy and Society.

  • Charlotte S. Alexander, “Misclassification and Antidiscrimination: An Empirical Analysis,” 101 Minn. L. Rev. ___ (forthcoming 2017).
  • Charlotte S. Alexander, “Workplace Information Forcing: Constitutionality and Effectiveness,” 53 Am. Bus. L.J. ___ (forthcoming 2016).
  • Charlotte S. Alexander, “Legal Avoidance and the Restructuring of Work,” The Structure and Structuring of Work, M. Diane Burton, Lisa Cohen, & Michael Lounsbury, Eds., Research in the Sociology of Organizations Series (Emerald, forthcoming 2016).
  • Charlotte S. Alexander, “Direct and Indirect Employment Under Title VII,” Proceedings of the New York University School of Law’s 68th Annual Conference on Labor: Who is an Employee, and Who is the Employer? Kati Griffith, Ed. (LexisNexis, forthcoming 2016).
  • Charlotte S. Alexander, Camille Gear Rich & Zev J. Eigen, “Post-Racial Hydraulics: The Hidden Dangers of the Universal Turn,” 91 N.Y.U. L. Rev. 1 (2016).
  • Charlotte S. Alexander & Nathaniel Grow, “Gaming the System: The Exemption of Professional Sports Teams from the Fair Labor Standards Act,” 49 U.C. Davis L. Rev. 123 (2015).
  • Charlotte S. Alexander, “Transparency and Transmission: Theorizing Information’s Role in Regulatory and Market Responses to Workplace Problems,” 48 Conn. L. Rev. 177 (2015).
  • Charlotte S. Alexander & Anna Haley-Lock, “Underwork, Work Hour Insecurity, and a New Approach to Wage and Hour Regulation,” 54 Industrial Relations 695 (2015).
  • Charlotte S. Alexander, Anna Haley-Lock & Nantiya Ruan, “Stabilizing Low-Wage Work,” 50 HARV. C.R.-C.L. L. Rev. 1 (2015).
  • Charlotte S. Alexander & Arthi Prasad, “Bottom Up Workplace Law Enforcement: An Empirical Analysis,” 89 Ind. L.J. 1069 (2014).
  • Charlotte S. Alexander, “Anticipatory Retaliation, Threats, and the Silencing of the Brown Collar Workforce,” 50 Am. Bus. L.J. 779 (2013).
  • Charlotte S. Alexander, “Explaining Peripheral Labor: A Poultry Industry Case Study,” 33 Berkeley J. Emp. & Lab. L. 353 (2012).
  • Charlotte S. Alexander, “Learning to be Lawyers: Professional Identity and the Law School Curriculum,” 70 Md. L. Rev. 465 (2011).
  • Clark D. Cunningham & Charlotte S. Alexander, “Developing Professional Judgment: Law School Innovations in Response to the Carnegie Foundation’s Critique of American Legal Education,” Michael Robertson et al., eds., The Ethics Project in Legal Education (London: Routledge-Cavendish) (2011).
  • Charlotte S. Alexander, “Would an Opt In Requirement Fix the Class Action Settlement? Evidence from the Fair Labor Standards Act,” 80 Miss. L.J. 443 (2010).
  • Charlotte H. Sanders, “Come Down and Make Bargains in Good Faith: The Application of 42 U.S.C. § 1981 to Discrimination in Retail Stores,” 4 Hastings Race & Poverty L. J. 281 (2007).