Alex Zhang is the Archibald C. and Frances Fulk Rufty Research Professor of Law, Associate Dean of Information Services, and Director of the J. Michael Goodson Law Library at the Duke University School of Law. Before joining Duke Law, Alex served as the Assistant Dean for Legal Information Services, Professor of Practice, and Director of the Wilbur C. Hall Law Library of Washington and Lee University School of Law. She previously held positions at the University of Michigan Law School and Stanford University Law School, respectively.
Alex's research interests include legal information and technology, law library management, knowledge management, open access to information, and Chinese law and research. Her articles have appeared in scholarly journals such as Legal Information Management, Law Library Journal, International Journal of Legal Information, and Chinese Journal of Comparative Law. She is a co-editor of Global Animal Law Research (Carolina Academic Press, 2022). Featuring 12 research experts specializing in the U.S., foreign, international, and comparative law research, Global Animal Law Research collects these experts' perspectives, knowledge, and experiences researching various animal rights and welfare topics. Global Animal Law Research received the 2022 Reynolds & Flores Publication Award from the American Association of Law Libraries.
Alex is a co-author of Chinese Legal Research in a Nutshell (under contract with West Academic, forthcoming 2024). Chinese Legal Research in a Nutshell intends to cover key research resources, framework, and strategies on the Chinese legal system, legal history, pertinent legal authorities, and specialized legal research topics such as Securities Law, Company Law, Big Data and AI, Media Law, and International Law Practice in China. Alex is also the editor-in-chief of the Legal Reference Services Quarterly and serves on the Foreign Law Guide advisory board.
Alex is active in regional, national, and international legal information associations. She currently chairs the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL)'s Indexing of Periodical Literature Committee. She is a past chair of AALL's Foreign, Comparative, and International Law Special Interest Section and AALL's Innovations in Technology Award Jury. Alex is currently a co-president of the Chinese American Forum on Legal Information and Law Libraries, an international organization striving to promote intellectual exchanges among law librarians and legal information professionals in the U.S. and China. She is also a co-chair of the International Legal Research Interest Group of the American Society of International Law.
Alex received her J.D. from the University of Kansas and her M.S.I. from the University of Michigan. She is a member of the State Bar of New York.