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Alexis J. Hoag-Fordjour

Dean’s Research Scholar, Assistant Professor of Law, and Co-Director of the Center for Criminal Justice

J.D., New York University School of Law
B.A., Yale University

Areas of Expertise
Capital Punishment
Criminal Law
Critical Race Theory
Criminal Procedure


Alexis Hoag-Fordjour teaches and writes in criminal law and procedure, evidence, and abolition, and co-directs the Center for Criminal Justice. Her scholarship focuses on criminal procedure, particularly the right to counsel, and how race and ethnicity have impacted the jurisprudence. Professor Hoag-Fordjour's writing has appeared in or is forthcoming in the New York University Law Review (twice), Michigan Law Review, Fordham Law Review, U.C. Davis Law Review, Harvard Law Review Blog, and other journals. She serves on the boards of the Death Penalty Information Center and the Eighth Amendment Project, and on the editorial board of the Amicus Journal. A legal contributor for CNN, Professor Hoag-Fordjour frequently provides on-air analysis for MSNBC, Al-Jazeera, NPR, CBS, and other media outlets. In 2021, she was elected to membership in the American Law Institute. The Constitutional Accountability Center selected Professor Hoag-Fordjour as the inaugural scholar-in-residence where she will spend the 2024-2025 school year.

Prior to joining the Law School, Professor Hoag-Fordjour served as the inaugural practitioner-in-residence at the Eric H. Holder Jr. Initiative for Civil & Political Rights at Columbia University, and as a lecturer at Columbia Law School. She spent more than a decade as a civil rights and criminal defense lawyer, primarily representing capitally convicted clients in federal post-conviction proceedings, with the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc, Inc and the Office of the Federal Public Defender in Nashville, Tennessee. Professor Hoag-Fordjour graduated from Yale University and NYU School of Law, where she was a Derrick Bell Public Interest Scholar. She served as a law clerk for the late Judge John T. Nixon of the United States District Court for the Middle District of Tennessee.