Kristina J. Alayan is the Law Library Director & Assistant Professor of Law at Howard University. Before joining the law faculty at Howard, Professor Alayan was the Head of Reference and Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown. During her tenure at Georgetown, she also served as the Head of Content Acquisitions and Management. In that capacity, she was responsible for managing all print and electronic materials for the library’s collection – including the materials budget, license negotiation, and revising the collection development policy. From 2010 – 2015, she was at Duke Law as the Foreign and International Law Reference Librarian and Lecturing Fellow. At Duke, she taught legal research in the required JD and LLM legal research and writing courses, as well as Research Methods in International, Foreign and Comparative Law, a required course in the International & Comparative Law JD/LLM program. She has also contributed to the first law-related MOOC course offered through Duke (International Human Rights Law: Prospects and Challenges).

She earned her MLIS with a certificate in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington. She graduated from the University of Oregon School of Law with certificates in the International Law and Pro Bono programs. Her undergraduate degree is from Swarthmore College. She has served in various leadership positions in the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL), and the American Society of International Law (ASIL). She is also an active member of the Law Librarians Society of Washington, DC (LLSDC) and in 2018 was elected to serve as its Vice President/President-Elect. In 2019, she was recognized by her peers at the national level as a AALL Emerging Leader.

Her research interests include information literacy, access to justice, and international and foreign law — particularly human and civil rights.


Forthcoming Works - Journal Articles & Working Papers

Kristina Alayan, Evolution and the Specialist’s Dilemma: Legal Information and the Increasing Demand for Foreign, Comparative, and International Legal Research Skills (working paper).

Contributions to Law Reviews and Other Scholarly Journals

Kristina Alayan, 106 Law Libr. J. 246-248 (2014) (reviewing R. Gregory Nokes, Breaking Chains: Slavery on Trial in the Oregon Territory (Corvallis, Or.: Oregon State University Press 2013)). [HEIN] [W] [L]

Selected Contributions to Other Publications

Kristina Alayan, Bridging the Gap: Public Services & Collection Services, Law Libr. Lights, Winter 2018, at 9-10. [WWW] [HEIN]