Alex Zhang Assistant Dean for Legal Information Services and Professor of Practice

Phone: 540-458-8545


Office: 326 Lewis Hall 

Scholarly Commons

Area of Expertise

Public access to legal information; Legal research methods and methodology; Chinese law and research


BA, Nanjing University

MA, Tulane University

MSI, University of Michigan

JD, University of Kansas Law School


Zhang joined W&L in 2018 from Stanford Law School Library, where she served as Head of Public Services and Lecturer in Law, managing the Library's reference, research, instruction, clinics, journals, and outreach services. Before joining Stanford, she was a Senior Associate Librarian and Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School, where managed Michigan Law Library's reference and information desk services and developed its foreign, international and comparative law collection in print and electronic formats. Zhang taught Advanced Legal Research at both University of Michigan Law School and Stanford Law School.

Zhang is an active member of the American Association of Law Libraries. She is a Past Chair for both AALL's Asian American Law Librarians Caucus (2015-2016) and AALL's Foreign, Comparative, & International Law Special Interest Section (2017-2018). She currently serves as the Chair of AALL's Innovations in Technology Award and Animal Law Caucus. She is also a Co-Chair 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.  

Zhang's research interests include legal research methods and methodology, legal information technology and management, law library management, 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 (under contract with Carolina Academic Press, forthcoming 2021).  

Zhang received her J.D. from University of Kansas Law School, MSI from University of Michigan School of Information, and MA in Philosophy from Tulane University. She is a member of the State Bar of New York.