Gregory S. Alexander


Following his graduation from Northwestern University Law School in 1973, Gregory Alexander clerked for George Edwards on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. After a year as a Bigelow Fellow at the University of Chicago Law School, Alexander became a professor at the University of Georgia School of Law, where he remained until moving to Cornell in 1984 where he was the A. Robert Noll Professor until his retirement in 2019. Professor Alexander has been a Fellow at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Science, in Palo Alto, and at the Max-Planck-Institutes for Comparative Law, in Hamburg and Heidelberg, Germany. He has taught at UCLA, Virginia, and Harvard Law Schools, and was the Herbert Smith Distinguished Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University. Professor Alexander is a prolific writer, the winner of the American Publishers Association’s 1997 Best Book of the Year in Law award for his work, Commodity and Propriety. His other books include An Introduction to Property Theory (with Eduardo Penalver) (Cambridge), The Global Debate Over Constitutional Property: Lessons for American Takings Jurisprudence (Chicago), Community & Property (with Eduardo Peñalver) (Oxford), and Properties of Property (with Hanoch Dagan) (Aspen). His most recent book is Property and Human Flourishing (Oxford). He previously taught Property, Property Theory, Art Law, and Estates & Trusts. At Berkeley, he teaches Estates & Trusts.


J.D., Northwestern University (1973)