The Role of Dean
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.
Formerly Associate Director of Graduate Programs at 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 National Security and 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.