Alexandra Natapoff

Associate Dean for Research
Professor of Law & Rains Senior Research Fellow

BA, cum laude, Yale University
JD, with distinction, Stanford Law School


Professor Natapoff’s scholarship has won numerous awards, including the 2013 Law and Society Association Article Prize, two Outstanding Scholarship Awards from the AALS Criminal Justice Section, selection by the Stanford/Yale Junior Faculty Forum, and Honorable Mention in the AALS Scholarly Papers Competition.  Her original work on criminal informants has made her a nationally-recognized expert: she has testified before Congress and her book Snitching won the 2010 ABA Silver Gavel Award Honorable Mention for Books. 

Professor Natapoff's current work--including her new book--focuses on misdemeanors and their powerful influence over the criminal system as a whole.  As part of her misdemeanor research, she spent the summer of 2012 at NYU School of Law as a Scholar-in-Residence.  Professor Natapoff is a member of the American Law Institute; in 2015 she was appointed as an Adviser to the ALI Principles of Law, Police Investigations Project.  She is quoted frequently by major media outlets.

Prior to joining the academy, Professor Natapoff served as an Assistant Federal Public Defender in Baltimore, Maryland, and was the recipient of an Open Society Institute Community Fellowship.  She clerked for the Honorable David S. Tatel, U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia and for the Honorable Paul L. Friedman, U.S. District Court, Washington, D.C.

Selected Scholarship

In the News

Professor Natapoff is frequently featured in major media outlets including The New Yorker, The Economist, NPR, CBS, CNN, FOX, MSNBC, PBS, BET, ESPN, Huffington Post Live, New York Times, Washington Post, L.A. Times, Wall St. Journal, Chicago Tribune, San Francisco Chronicle, USA Today, and the Christian Science Monitor. She has contributed opinion pieces to Slate, CNN Online, the San Francisco Chronicle, Reason Magazine, Prison Legal News, and the Daily Journal.

Public Service

  • Testimony before the Committee on Public Safety, California Senate, Sacramento, CA, June 14, 2011
  • Brief Amicus Curiae of the ACLU, Van de Kamp v. Goldstein (U.S. Sept. 4, 2008) (No. 07-854)
  • Testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Oversight Hearing on Law Enforcement Confidential Informant Practices, Washington, D.C. (July 19, 2007)
  • Click here to watch Professor Natapoff's congressional testimony