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Mark C. Alexander, JD - Villanova University. Villanova, PA, US

Mark C. Alexander, JD Mark C. Alexander, JD

Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law | Charles Widger School of Law | Villanova University


Mark Alexander, JD, is an expert on constitutional law, election law and the First Amendment.



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Can the President pardon himself? (July 2017) Building Out Trump's Transition Team (November 2016) Discussing Trump Debate Preparations (October 2016) Voter recount following the 2016 election (November 2016) Is there a constitutional crisis? (March 2018)



Areas of Expertise (6)

Law Legal Education Campaign Reform Election Law First Amendment Law Constitutional Law


Mark C. Alexander, JD is the Arthur J. Kania Dean and Professor of Law at the Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law. Alexander’s areas of expertise include constitutional law, election law and the First Amendment. His research interests focus on the constitutional dimensions of election law and campaign reform. Alexander previously served as advisor for Barack Obama's 2008 presidential campaign and later served on the transition team following the election. Dean Alexander also served as general counsel on Cory Booker's 2006 campaign for mayor of Newark, N.J.

Education (2)

Yale University Law School: JD

Yale University: BA

Select Accomplishments (2)

Fulbright Scholarship

Teaching American law in Spain

U.S.-Japan Leadership


Affiliations (1)

  • J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board (2010-14)

Select Media Appearances (7)

Ahead of the Curve: Election Law Is Hot

National Law Journal  online


Let’s keep it real: Election law hasn’t always been the sexiest of legal topics. In fact, relatively few scholars focused on election law until 2000’s Bush v. Gore thrust it into national headlines. That’s according to election law expert Mark Alexander, who also happens to be dean of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law.

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Op-ed: Our nation thrives on respect of the justice system, not impeachment

The Hill  


The U.S. Supreme Court will soon rule on cases involving gerrymandering—the age-old practice of drawing district lines to help one’s political fortunes. They may ultimately set the standards, but still the question is what follows. Here in Pennsylvania, we saw one reaction that we must avoid.

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Trump pardon: Can the president pardon himself?



So, Mark Alexander, dean as you are of Villanova Law School, that has been the consensus view of a lot of legal scholars: that the President can’t pardon himself. On the other side of that is Jonathan Turley, who’s a libertarian attorney, who says that he can. Who’s right? Well, I think that if the president were to try to pardon himself that he’d be placing himself above the law.

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Trump AG firing recalls Nixon's 'Saturday Night Massacre'



Donald Trump fired acting attorney general Sally Yates on Monday after she refused to enforce that executive order barring immigrants from seven majority Muslim countries and refugees from around the world from coming to the United States. Joining me now is Mark Alexander, Dean of Villanova Law School.

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Trump transition team's squabble over secretary of state pick

CBS This Morning  


For more on the Trump transition, we are joined by Mark Alexander, Dean of the Villanova School of Law who was part of the senior leadership of the Obama-Biden transition effort.

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Dean Mark Alexander Talks Debate Prep on MSNBC



Mark Alexander, he’s the Dean of Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law, and he was a senior advisor to President Obama’s 2008 campaign. Also kind of a debate guru, right, you’ve helped a lot of people prepare for debates.

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Op-ed: First Year Will Shape You For Decades to Come

The National Law Journal  


Take a chance and connect with classmates of different cultures. Your future clients will thank you.

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Select Academic Articles (5)

Citizens United and Equally Forgotten New York University Review of Law & Social Change

Mark Alexander


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Let Them Do Their Jobs: The Compelling Government Interest in Protecting the Time of Candidates and Elected Officials Loyola University-Chicago Law Journal

Mark Alexander


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Money is Political Campaigns and Modern Vote Dilution University of Minnesota Journal of Law & Inequality

Mark Alexander


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Campaign Finance Reform: Central Meaning and a New Approach Washington & Lee Law Review

Mark Alexander


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Don't Blame the Butterfly Ballot: Voter Confusion in Presidential Politics Stanford Law Review

Mark Alexander


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