The Role of Dean

The Dean is the chief academic officer and adviser to the students of Pauli Murray College. He is a faculty member in Yale College. Residing within the college, he advises students on academic and personal matters; assists students in planning their courses of study and academic programs within the broader context of their Yale careers; and applies and enforces academic and undergraduate regulations and procedures. The Dean also directs housing within the college, oversees the First-Year Counselors, and coordinates the College Advisers for first-year students. He teaches in Yale College, serves on a range of University committees, and with the Head of College, plans and participates in many college activities.

Our Dean, Alexander Rosas

Alexander Rosas is the inaugural Dean of Pauli Murray College. Born in Seoul, South Korea, and raised in East Grand Rapids, Michigan, Dean Rosas received his B.A. degree, with honors and distinction, in international relations from Stanford University, and his J.D. degree, Order of the Coif, and his Ph.D. degree in jurisprudence and social policy from the University of California, Berkeley. He is admitted to practice law in the State of New York. 

Dean Rosas’ academic interests in political theory and law lie in issues of international human rights law and cultural diversity, theories of justice, and law and society. He is particularly interested in how modern nation-states can and should (or cannot and should not) use law to negotiate between markedly different cultural and religious groups and, more generally, in the complex relationship between law and freedom. Dean Rosas teaches in the Department of Political Science; currently, he offers a political theory seminar on Law and the Limits of Freedom and another on Punishment.

Formerly Associate Director of Graduate Programs at the Yale Law School, Dean Rosas has been at Yale since 2015; at Yale, he has also been a Fellow in Branford College. Between 2011 and 2015, he served as Assistant Professor of Political Science, Director of the Program in Law and Society, and University Pre-Law Adviser at Western New England University in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Dean Rosas lives in the Dean’s residence in Pauli Murray College with his wife, a federal prosecutor and Deputy Chief of the Major Crimes Unit at the United States Attorney’s Office in New Haven; their two young sons, Andrew and Anand; and their two dogs, Marbury and Madison, named after the famous Supreme Court case.

Dean Rosas can be contacted at alexander[dot]rosas[at]yale[dot]edu or through Sarah DelVecchio in the Pauli Murray College Dean’s Office.

Additional Information

A standard note about Dean’s Excuses can be found here.