University Professor
Warren Distinguished Professor of Law
Co-Executive Director, Institute for Law & Religion
Co-Executive Director, Institute for Law & Philosophy

  • LLB, 1968, Yale University
  • BA, 1965, Williams College

Areas of Expertise

Professor Alexander teaches and writes in the areas of constitutional law, criminal law, and jurisprudence.

Professional Experience

Alexander was admitted to the California Bar in 1968. He joined the USD School of Law faculty in 1970.

Honors and Affiliations

Alexander serves on the editorial boards of the journals Law & Philosophy, Ethics, Criminal Law and Philosophy, and the Ohio State Journal of Criminal Law. He is the co-editor of the international quarterly Legal Theory.

Key Works

Alexander's publications include “Distributive Justice and Retributive Justice” in Oxford Handbook of Distributive Justice (Olsaretti, ed.) (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016); “Ignorance as a Legal Excuse” in Moral and Legal Ignorance (Peels, ed.) (Routledge, forthcoming 2016); “The Means Principle” in Legal, Moral, and Metaphysical Truths: The Philosophy of Michael Moore (Ferzan, and Morse, eds.) (Oxford University Press, forthcoming 2016); “Did Casey Strikeout? Following and Overruling Constitutional Precedents in the Supreme Court” in Precedent in the United States Supreme Court (Peters, ed.) (Spinger, 2013); “Redish on Freedom of Speech” in 107 Northwestern Law Review 593 (2013); “Fletcher on the Fault of Not Knowing” in Essays on Criminal Law (with Ferzan) (Christopher, ed.) (Oxford University Press, 2012); “Legal Objectivity and the Illusion of Legal Principles” in Institutionalized Reason: The Jurisprudence of Robert Alexy (Klatt, ed.) (Oxford University Press, 2012); Crime and Culpability: A Theory of Criminal Law (with Ferzan, and Morse) (Cambridge University Press, 2009); Demystifying Legal Reasoning (with Sherwin) (Cambridge University Press, 2008); and Is There a Right of Freedom of Expression? (Cambridge University Press, 2005).

Fall 2017 Classes

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Contact Information

Legal Research Center 306
5998 Alcalá Park
San Diego, CA 92110-2492
(P) (619) 260-2317

Online Resources

Publications on SSRN


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(619) 260-2320

Open Office Hours

Day of Week Time
Wed 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.
Tue 9:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Mon 9 a.m. – 10 a.m.