B.A., Columbia University
J.D., Harvard Law School
Charlotte Alexander, an assistant professor of legal studies in the Department of Risk Management and Insurance at the J. Mack Robinson College of Business with a secondary appointment at the College of Law, focuses on the employment relationship as a source of legal and economic risk for both workers and employers.
Alexander is interested in the decisions workers make in choosing whether and how to challenge unsafe or illegal working conditions and the incentive structures built into the law that are designed (but perhaps fail) to encourage workers to become enforcers of their rights. She also uses empirical methods to study trends in employment litigation, employers’ perceptions of their employment litigation risk, and the changes that employers make to their policies and practices in response. At bottom, her work investigates the ways in which workplace problems convert into legal claims and the consequences of employees’ claiming choices for both parties to the employment relationship.
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 New York University Law Review, Indiana Law Journal (Bloomington), University of California at Davis Law Review, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review, and the Berkeley Journal of Employment and Labor Law, among others. She also has published in peer reviewed journals, including the American Business Law Journal and Industrial Relations.