Mark Alexander   

Mark C. Alexander

Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academics

Mark Alexander is a law professor at Seton Hall University, specializing in Constitutional Law and the intersection of Law and Politics. Professor Alexander writes and teaches in the areas of Constitutional Law, Law & Politics, Criminal Procedure, and The First Amendment. His scholarship focuses on the intersection of law, politics and government and on free speech issues.

Alexander is active in politics and government: he was Senior Advisor to Barack Obama, having worked on the Obama presidential campaign since January 2007. As Policy Director, he developed Senator Obama’s signature policies, built a network of policy experts and provided overall strategic guidance. Alexander also served as New Jersey State Director in the primaries, running all operations in his home state. In addition, Alexander worked on a wide variety of legal matters and political work and routinely appeared as a surrogate for the campaign. He also served on the Presidential Transition Team, reviewing the Federal Election Commission, as part of the Justice and Civil Rights Team.

Professor Alexander was General Counsel to Cory Booker and the Booker Team in the 2006 Newark Municipal elections and then for Newark in Transition, as Mayor Booker moved to assume the office. Other political work includes serving as Issues Director for the Bill Bradley for President Campaign in 1999-2000. He also worked for U.S. Senators Edward Kennedy and Howard Metzenbaum, and he served a two-year term as an elected official in the Washington, D.C. government.

Alexander also has significant international experience, including a year in Spain on a Fulbright Scholarship, where he taught American law and politics. In addition he has taught in the Seton Hall Law-in-Italy program. He is also a fellow of the U.S.-Japan Leadership Program.

Alexander clerked for Chief Judge Thelton Henderson of the United States District Court for the Northern District of California and was a litigator with Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher in San Francisco before joining the Seton Hall Law School faculty in 1996. Professor Alexander was the 1996-1997 Student Bar Association Professor of the Year, and he has been nominated for the award on numerous other occasions. He received his B.A. and J.D. from Yale University. In the spring 2003 semester, Prof. Alexander returned to Yale Law School as a Visiting Scholar.



Citizens United and Equality Forgotten,, 35 NYU Rev. of L. & Social Change 101 (2011)

Let Them Do Their Jobs: The Compelling Government Interest in Protecting the Time of Candidates and Elected Officials, 37 Loy. U.-Chic. L.J. 669 ((2006), cited in Randall v. Sorrell (2006), Stevens, J., dissenting.)

Money in Political Campaigns and Modern Vote Dilution, 23 U.Minn. J.L. & Inequality 239 (2005)

Campaign Finance Reform: Central Meaning and a New Approach, 60 W. & Lee L.Rev. 767 (2003) (also reprinted in Frederick G. Slabach, THE CONSTITUTION AND CAMPAIGN FINANCE REFORM: AN ANTHOLOGY (2d ed. 2004)

Don’t Blame the Butterfly Ballot: Voter Confusion in Presidential Politics,, 13 Stan. L & Pol’y Rev. 121 (2002)

The First Amendment and Problems of Political Viability: The Case of Internet Pornography, 25 Harv. J.L. & Pub. Pol'y 977 (2002)

Don’t Blame the Butterfly Ballot: Voter Confusion in Presidential Politics,, 48 Yale Law Report 28 (Summer 2001)

Attention, Shoppers: The First Amendment in the Modern American Shopping Mall,, 41 Ariz. L. Rev. 1 (1999)

Jurisdiction and the Miller Obscenity Standard, 8 Seton Hall Const. L.J. 675 (1998)

The Quest to Find the Meaning of the First Amendment, (Book Review: Van Alstyne’s First Amendment Cases and Materials), 21 Seattle U. L. Rev. 101 (1998)

Religiously-Motivated Murder: The Rabin Assassination and Abortion Clinic Killings,, 39 Ariz. L. Rev. 1161 (Winter 1997)

Law-Related Education: Hope for Today's Students,, 20 Ohio N. U. L. Rev. 57 (1993)


A Short And Happy Guide to Constitutional Law, West Academic Publishing (2013)

Citizens United and Equality Forgotten,, in chapter in MONEY, POLITICS AND THE CONSTITUTION: BEYOND CITIZENS UNITED (2011)