Portrait of Alexander Raquel

Raquel Alexander

Dean of the Freeman College of Management, Kenneth W. Freeman Professor of Management
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About Raquel Alexander

Raquel Meyer Alexander is the inaugural Kenneth W. Freeman Professor and Dean of the Freeman College of Management. She has also served as Associate Dean at Washington and Lee University. Alexander earned her Ph.D. in 2001 at the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to that, she worked as a tax consultant in the Dallas and Phoenix offices of KPMG.

Professor Alexander teaches taxation and the business of art. Her service-learning graduate tax class has been recognized by the U.S. Congress, Campus Compact, the IRS and the American Bar Association. She has consulted or provided executive education to a number of firms and investment professionals around the country and served on the advisory council for three state treasurers.

Professor Alexander’s research focuses on tax policy related to personal savings and corporate taxation. Her award-winning research has led to reform in the college savings industry, and has been requested by policy makers and regulators such as the SEC, the MSRB, FINRA and the White House. Alexander’s research has been published in top journals such as the Journal of the American Taxation Association, Behavioral Research in Accounting, and the Journal of Law and Politics. She has presented at over 50 academic institutions and conferences and she has been quoted or cited in numerous popular press publications including Business Week, International Herald Tribune, The Washington Post, The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal, among others.


  • Ph.D., Accounting, University of Texas at Austin (2001)
  • Masters of Taxation, Arizona State University (1993)
  • Bachelor of Science, University of Kansas (1993)

Research and Teaching Interests

  • Corporate Tax Policy
  • Taxation of Investments
  • Business of Contemporary Art

Selected Publications

Alexander, Raquel, Andrew Gross, G. Ryan Huston, and Vernon J. Richardson. 2017. "Market Response To FIN 48 Adoption: A Debt Covenant Theory." In Advances In Taxation, edited by John Hasseldine, 24:1-36. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. https://www.emeraldinsight.com/doi/abs/10.1108/S1058-749720170000024008.

Alexander, Raquel, and Afshad Jeevan Irani. 2016. "Electronic Disclosure Venues And Regulation Fair Disclosure." In Encyclopedia Of E-Commerce Development, Implementation, and Management, edited by In Lee, 223-30. IGI Global.

Alexander, Raquel, LeAnn Luna, and Steven L. Gill. 2015. "Does College Savings Plan Performance Matter?" In Advances In Taxation, edited by John Hasseldine, 22:75-108. Emerald Group Publishing Limited. http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/s1058-749720150000022002.

Alexander, Raquel, and Alexander J. Organ. 2015. "Business Tax Incentives" 58 (4). Business Horizons: 363-69. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2015.03.001.

Hess, Megan F., and Raquel Alexander. 2015. "Brewing Up Controversy: A Case Exploring The Ethics of Corporate Tax Planning" 30 (4). Issues in Accounting Education: 311-27. http://dx.doi.org/10.2308/iace-51178.

Alexander, Raquel, and James K. Gentry. 2014. "Using Social Media to Report Financial Results" 57 (2). Business Horizons: 161-67. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2013.10.009.

Alexander, Raquel, and John Barrick. 2014. "G20 Tax Reform Mired in Shadowy World of Lobbying," April 16. theconversation.com/g20-tax-reform-mired-in-shadowy-world-of-lobbying-24901.

Alexander, Raquel, E. Weeks Leonard, and S. Scholz. 2013. "Employers United: An Empirical Analysis of Corporate Political Speech in the Wake of the Affordable Care Act" 38 (2). Journal of Corporation Law: 218-57.

Alexander, Raquel. 2013. "Tax Transparency" 56 (5). Business Horizons: 543-49. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.bushor.2013.06.003.

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