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Gwendolyn Yvonne Alexis, PhD

Associate Professor

PhD, New School for Social Research

JD, Harvard Law School

MAR, Yale University Divinity School

Office: Bey Hall, Room 237

Phone: 732-571-7523


CV URL: Gwendolyn Yvonne Alexis CV

Regularly Taught Courses:

Ethics, Diversity and Social Responsibility

Global Management (BM 471-50)


Dr. Alexis was born in Los Angeles, California, and completed her undergraduate studies at the University of Southern California, where she majored in Business and was inducted into Beta Gamma Sigma, the international business honor society. A member of the New York, New Jersey, and Florida Bars, she received her law degree from Harvard Law School. She earned a Masters Degree in Ethics from the Yale University Divinity School; and a Ph.D. in Sociology and Historical Studies from the New School for Social Research in Manhattan.

Dr. Alexis is married to Erik Carlsson, a Swedish citizen whom she met in Nairobi, Kenya. He is a graduate of Gothenburg Technical Institute, and the principal of A&C Automotive Consulting, an accident reconstruction firm. The couple has one child, Sven Alexis Carlsson, a graduate of Harvard University and Columbia University Teachers College. Sven teaches Advanced Math at the Francis W. Parker School in Chicago, Illinois, where he lives with his wife Sue Paik, Esq., a graduate of Harvard University, Dartmouth University, and Yale Law School (despite the fact that she was accepted at Harvard Law School where she could have obtained an equally fine legal education). Sven and Sue have no children, but they have a spoiled rabbit named Rampage.


Popular Press:

“Educating Leaders; Spawning Institutional Integrity,” a chapter in Business Integrity in Practice – Insights from International Case Studies, eds. Agata Stanchowica-Stanusch and Wolfgang Amann. (Forthcoming: Business Expert Press)

“Ethics in Government and Governments in Ethics,” a chapter in Dirty Deals: An Encyclopedia of Lobbying, Political Influence and Corruption, ed. New Jersey Assemblywoman Amy Handlin (Forthcoming: ABC-CLIO Books Department, Santa Barbara, CA).

“Legislated Isomorphism of Immigrant Religions: Lessons from Sweden”, a chapter in Migrant Marginality: A Transnational Perspective, Eds. Jorge Capetillo, Glenn Jacobs, and Philip A Kretsedemas. (Forthcoming: Routledge).

"Not Christian, But Nonetheless Qualified: The Secular Workplace – Whose Hardship?" Journal of Religion and Business Ethics, JRBE, Volume 3, Issue 1.

"After Shame; Before Corporate Moral Obligation (CMO): Ethical Lag and the Credit Crisis," Co- Authorship with Steve Pressman (Alexis 60%/Pressman 40%), International Journal of Management Concepts and Philosophy (IJMCP), Volume 4, Nos. 3/4, 244 - 266 (2010).

"Getting Down to Business: The Work of the State’s Littlest Commission," Co-Authorship with Michael Rave (50/50 contributions) New Jersey Law Journal, 201 N.J.L.J. 214, at 38 (July 12, 2010).Available online with subscription

"Global Sullivan Principles," Green Business: An A-to-Z Guide. (Vol. 5, Ed. Nevin Cohen). 2010, SAGE Publications. Available online with subscription

"Copenhagen, Denmark". Green Cities: An A-to-Z Guide. (Vol. 4, Eds. Paul Robbins, Nevin Cohen, J. Geoffrey Golson). 2010 SAGE Publications. Available online with subscription

"Malmö, Sweden". Green Cities: An A-to-Z Guide, (Vol. 4, Eds. Paul Robbins, Nevin Cohen, J. Geoffrey Golson). 2010 SAGE Publications.

"Legislative Excess or Regulatory Brilliance? Corporate Governance after SARBOX". Chapter in DOING WELL AND GOOD: The Human Face of the New Capitalism, Ed. Julian Friedland. Ethics in Practice Series, Information Age Publishing, Inc., 2009. 215-236.

"COMING HOME TO ROOST: Offshore Operations from an In-House Perspective." Chapter in Controversies in International Corporate Responsibility, Editors J. Hooker, J. F. Hulpke, and P. Madsen. International Corporate Responsibility Series, vol. 3, Carnegie Mellon University, 2007. 55- 67.

"SECOND-GUESSING MANAGEMENT: The Board Autonomy Budget." New Jersey Lawyer Magazine (No. 248; October 2007), 67 - 75. Winner of "Bright Idea Award in Corporate Governance" for 2008. Award sponsored by the Stillman School of Business at Seton Hall University and the NJPRO Foundation, the public policy research affiliate of the New Jersey Business and Industry Association (NJBIA).

"FROM LAPDOG TO WATCHDOG: The Post-SARBOX Corporate Board," New York State Bar Association Journal, 79:3 (March/April 2007) 22-25. This article is linked to the Harvard Law School Corporate Governance Blog as “Before You Join the Board: The Post-SARBOX Director,” The Harvard Law School Forum on Corporate Governance and Financial Regulation.

"The Cuba Watch," Harvard Divinity School Bulletin, 35:1 (Winter 2007) 12-14. A report on field research conducted in Cuba as part of a New York State Bar Association Delegation to Cuba in March 2005. The article takes note of foreign direct investment in Cuba by foreign religious groups (including U.S. religious groups, despite U.S. Embargo).

Additional Information:

Official Reports, Book Reviews and Bar Association Publications


  • 2009 and 2010 Annual Reports, “New Jersey Corporate and Business Law Study Commission,” Reports to New Jersey Governor Christopher J. Christie and the New Jersey State Legislature as required by N.J.S.A. 1:14-15 (P.L. 1989, c.163). Sole Authorship  
  • “Book Review” of Corporations and Citizenship by Andrew Crane, Dirk Matten, and Jeremy Moon; Cambridge University Press, 2008. Eastern Economic Journal (2010) 36, 550-552 
  • "Code of Conduct," Vincent J. Apruzzese Mock Trial Competition 2009 - 2010 High School Workbook, 2009. 7-11. Available online. In its 28th year with the 2009/10 competition, this is a statewide contest among high school teams in New Jersey with the winning team going on to the national finals. The competition is sponsored by the NJ State Bar Foundation.