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Alexis Hoag

Alexis J. Hoag

Assistant Professor of Law

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

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


Alexis Hoag joined the faculty in 2021. She teaches and writes in criminal law and procedure, evidence, and carceral abolition. Her recent scholarship examines the ways in which policies, doctrines, and practices within the criminal legal system erode people’s constitutional rights and perpetuate racial subordination. Professor Hoag's scholarship has appeared or is forthcoming in the New York University Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Harvard Law Review Blog, and other journals. She serves on the editorial board of the Amicus Journal and co-chairs the capital punishment committee of the New York City Bar Association. A frequent legal contributor for CBSNews, Professor Hoag regularly provides on-air and in print analysis for MSNBC, NPR, Al Jazeera, and other media outlets.

Prior to joining the Law School, Professor Hoag 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. and the Office of the Federal Public Defender. She 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 Judge John T. Nixon of the United States District Court. In fall 2022, Professor Hoag will visit at Vanderbilt Law School to teach a short course on Movement Lawyering.