Mystica Alexander

  • Professor, Law and Taxation
  • Associate Provost for Academic Affairs,
  • JD Harvard Univ Harvard Law Sch
  • BS Wagner College

Teaching Interests

Legal and Ethical Environment of Business;
Legal Research and Writing;
Federal Income Taxation of Corporations and Shareholders;
Multi-Jurisdictional Taxation;
Tax Research Methodology

Research Interests

Tax Policy; State & Local Taxation; Corporate Social Responsibility

Consulting/Practice Interests

Tax Practice with a focus on exempt organization issues

Professional Memberships

  • Academy of Legal Studies in Business Present
  • North Atlantic Regional Business Law Association 2015 - Present
  • Awards and Honors

  • 2017, Innovation in Teaching Award, Bentley University
  • 2017, Charles M. Hewitt Master Teacher Award, Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • 2012, Innovation in Teaching Award, Bentley University
  • 2012, Holmes-Cardozo Award: Finalist for Outstanding Conference Paper, Academy of Legal Studies in Business
  • Publications

    Journal Articles


  • Thomas, S., Alexander, M. M. (2019). Suing Guns out of Existence. Washington and Lee Law Review Online. Vol. 75, Issue 2
  • Alexander, M. M., Thomas, S. R. (2018). Rogue Retailers or Agents of Necessary Change? Using Corporate Policy as a Tool to Regulate Gun Ownership. University of Pennsylvania Law Review Online, (166)
  • Alexander, M. M. (2018). The Flipped Classroom: Engaging the Student in Active Learning. Journal of Legal Studies in Education, (35) 2 277-300.
  • Alexander, M. M., Kirschner, C., Scholten, P. A., Yates, D. J. (2018). Health Privacy and (Lack Of) Legal Protections in a Technology-Driven Economy. North Carolina Journal of Law & Technology, (19) 1
  • Thomas, S. R., Missirian, D. E., Alexander, M. M. (2018). Stick‘em Up This Is A Breach: A Case for Punitive Damages for Contract Holdups. Business Law Review.
  • Alexander, M. M., Sulkowski, A., Wiggins, W. P. (2016). Sustainability & Tax Policy: Fixing a Patchwork of Policies with a Coherent Federal Framework. Virginia Environmental Law Journal, (35) 1 1-58.
  • Alexander, M. M. (2016). A Comparative Look at International Approaches to Social Enterprise: Public Policy, Investment Structure, and Tax Incentives. William & Mary Policy Review, (7) 2 1-34.
  • Alexander, M. M., Wiggins, W. P. (2016). A Domestic Consequence of the Government Spying on Its Citizens: The Guilty Go Free. Brooklyn Law Review, (81) 2 627-672.
  • Alexander, M. M., Wiggins, W. P. (2015). The Lure of Tax Revenue from Recreational Marijuana: At What Price. University of California Davis Business Law Journal, (15) 2
  • Thomas, S., Missirian, D. E., Alexander, M. M. (2015). Greed Trumps Ethics in the Sports World, Business Law Review, Spring 2015, Vol. 48. Business Law Review.
  • Alexander, M. M., Hayward, J. O., Missirian, D. E. (2015). Asadi: Renegade or Pecursor of Who is a Whistleblower Under Dodd Frank. Pace Law Review, (35) 3
  • Alexander, M. M. (2014). Benefit Corporations - The Latest Development in the Evolution of Social Enterprise: Are They Worthy of a Taxpayer Subsidy?. Seton Hall Legislative Journal, (38) 2
  • Alexander, M. M. (2014). Defining the Whistleblower Under Dodd Frank: Who Decides?. California Law Review Circuit, (Vol.5) 278-285. (Link)
  • Alexander, M. M. (2014). California - Land of "Lawless Taxation" and the "Midnight Special": Outlier or Leader of a Growing Trend?. University of New Hampshire Law Review, (12) 2
  • Missirian, D. E., Alexander, M. M. (2014). From the Corvair to the Cobalt: Corporate Social Responsibility Lessons Unlearned. Business Law Review, (47) 55-75.
  • Alexander, M. M., Lynch, J. E., Rabinovich, T., Knutel, P. G. (2014). Snapshot of a Hybrid Learning Environment. Quarterly Review of Distance Education, (Vol. 15) 1 9-21.
  • Alexander, M. M., Gagnon, T. (2012). The Roberts Court: Using the Taxing Power to Shape Individual Behavior. University of Florida Journal of Law and Public Policy, (23) 3
  • Alexander, M. M., Ferrera, G. R. (2011). Appellate Judges and Philosophical Theories: Judicial Philosophy or Mere Coincidence. Richmond Journal of Law and the Public Interest, (XIV) 4

    Books


  • Ferrera, G. R., Alexander, M. M., Kirschner, C., Wiggins, W. P., Darrow, J. (2022). The Legal and Ethical Environment of Business: An Integrated Approach, (2022) Third 750. Riverwoods, IL: Aspen Publishers

  • Conference Proceedings


  • Alexander, M. M. (2015). Achieving a Global Consensus on Social Enterprise: Understanding Government's Vital Role .
  • Alexander, M. M.Hayward, J. O.Missirian, D. E. (2014). Asadi: Renegade or Precursor of Who is a Whistleblower Under Dodd Frank Proceedings of the Midwest Acadaemy of Legal Studies in Business.
  • Alexander, M. M. (2012). Benefit Corporations: Worthy of Tax Benefits? , (Academy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference)
  • Newpol, J. J.Alexander, M. M. (2009). 46th Annual Combined Institute on Federal and State Taxation .
  • Newpol, J. J.Alexander, M. M. (2008). 45th Annual Combined Institute on Federal and State Taxation: S Corporations and Other Pass Through Entities .
  • Alexander, M. M.Wiggins, W. P. (). The Lure of Tax Revenue from Recreational Marijuana: At What Price? Academy of Legal Studies in Business. Forthcoming.

  • Presentations

  • Alexander, M. M. (2019). “Competing Rights Under the ADA” Presented at theAcademy of Legal Studies in Business National Conference Montreal
  • Thomas, S., Alexander, M. M. (2019). “Suing Guns out of Existence” Presented at the NARBLA NARBLA Annual Conference Boston, MA
  • Alexander, M. M. (2018). “Self-Driving Cars: Federal Oversight or State Autonomy?” Presented at theAcademy of Legal Studies in Business
  • Missirian, D., Thomas, S., Alexander, M. (2017). “Stick‘em Up This Is A Breach: A Case for Punitive Damages for Contract Holdups” Presented at the North Atlantic Regional Academy of Legal Studies in Business (NARBLA) NARBLA Regional Conference Wellesley, MA
  • Alexander, M. M., Thomas, S. (2016). “Gambling, Politics, Solar Power, Domain Names, and Marijuana” Presented at theIRS Town Meeting
  • Alexander, M. M., Wiggins, W. P., Sulkowski, A. (2016). “Sustainability & Tax Policy: Fixing a Patchwork of Policies with a Coherent Federal Framework” Presented at theNorth Atlantic Regional Business Law Association
  • Alexander, M. M., Wiggins, W. P. (2015). “A Legislative Patchwork: Understanding Ad Hoc State Sustainability Efforts and the Need for a Cohesive Federal Policy”
  • Alexander, M. M. (2015). “Achieving a Global Consensus on Social Enterprise” Presented at theAcademy of Legal Studies in Business
  • Alexander, M. M., Thomas, S. (2014). “Federal Tax Issues of Bitcoin and Marijuana” Presented at theIRS Town Meeting
  • Alexander, M. M., Wiggins, W. P. (2014). “The Lure of Tax Revenue from Recreational Marijuana: At What Price?” Presented at theAcademy of Legal Studies in Business Seattle, WA
  • Wiggins, W. P., Alexander, M. M. (2014). “Legally Effective Informed Consent: An Elusive Concept in Need of a Uniform Legal Standard” Presented at theThe Academy of Legal Studies in Business 89th Annual Conference Seattle, WA
  • Lichtenstein, S. D., Lichtenstein, S. D., Alexander, M. M., Bird, R., Herron, D., Hotchkiss, C. (2014). “Using Technology to Enhance the Classroom Learning Experience” Presented at the ALSB Academy of Legal Studies in Business (ALSB) Seattle, WA
  • Missirian, D. E., Alexander, M. M. (2014). “From: Corvair to Cobalt, Corporate Social Responsibility Lessons Unlearned” Presented at the North Atlantic Regional Business Association NARBLA Conference In Lowell Lowell, MA
  • Alexander, M. M. (2014). “Asadi: Renegade or Precursor of Who is a Whistleblower Under Dodd Frank?” Presented at theMidwest Academy of Legal Studies in Business Chicago, Illinois
  • Newpol, J. J., Alexander, M. M. (2013). “Lessons for Pass Through Entities” Presented at the Massachusetts Association of Accountants New England Institute on Federal & State Taxation Burlington/Marlboro/Plymouth
  • Alexander, M. M. (2013). “Appeals Judicial Approach and Culture (AJAC) Project ” Presented at theIRS Town Meeting
  • Alexander, M. M. (2013). “Retroactive Taxation: Coming Soon to a State Near You?” Presented at theAcademy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference Boston, Massachusetts
  • Newpol, J. J., Alexander, M. M. (2012). “Pass Through Developments” Presented at the49th Annual Combined Institute on Federal and State Taxation
  • Alexander, M. M. (2012). “Identity Theft” Presented at theIRS Town Meeting
  • Alexander, M. M. (2012). “Benefit Corporations: Worthy of Tax Benefits?” Presented at theAcademy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference Kansas City, Missouri
  • Alexander, M. M. (2012). Presented at the Academy of Legal Studies in Business Huber Hurst Seminar Gainesville, Florida
  • Newpol, J. J., Alexander, M. M. (2011). “Pass Through Developments” Presented at the48th Annual Combined Institute on Federal and State Taxation
  • Alexander, M. M. (2011). “Taxpayer Advocacy: What are the Solutions for Systemic IRS Issues that Affect Multiple Taxpayers? ” Presented at theIRS Town Meeting
  • Alexander, M. M., Newpol, J. J. (2010). Presented at the Massachusetts Association of Public Accountants 47th Annual Combined Institute on Federal and State Taxation
  • Alexander, M. M. (2010). “IRS Collection Procedure” Presented at the Bentley University IRS Town Meeting
  • Alexander, M. M., Lynch, J. E. (2010). “Staying Ahead of the Curve: Hybridization of the Classroom to Maximize Student Participation and Performance” Presented at theAcademy of Legal Studies in Business Annual Conference Richmond, Virginia
  • Newpol, J. J., Alexander, M. M. (2009). “46th Annual Combined Institute on Federal and State Taxation”
  • Alexander, M. M. (2009). “International Taxation” Presented at theIRS Town Meeting
  • Newpol, J. J., Alexander, M. M. (2008). “45th Annual Combined Institute on Federal and State Taxation: S Corporations and Other Pass Through Entities”
  • Service

    Department Service


  • Curriculum Redesign Committee 2019 - 2019
  • Undergraduate Academic Programs Fair 2019 - 2019
  • Open House for Accepted Students 2019 - 2019
  • Majors/Minors Fair 2018 - 2018
  • Majors/Minors Fair 2017 - 2017
  • Open House for Accepted Students 2017 - 2017
  • Open House for Accepted Students - 2016
  • Open House for Accepted Students - 2015
  • Majors/Minors Fair - 2014
  • Open House for Accepted Students - 2014
  • Graduate School Information Session - 2014
  • Graduate Programs - Open House - 2013
  • Graduate Taxation and Financial Planning Association - Pizza Night with Professors - 2013
  • Concentrations - Meets the Advisor - 2013
  • Open House for Accepted Students - 2013
  • Committee Member for Assurance of Learning Team for GB110 2012 - 2012
  • Open House for Accepted Students - 2012
  • Guest Speaker for Graduate Taxation and Financial Planning Association - Luncheon Speaker - 2012
  • Course Coordinator for GB110 Legal & Ethical Environment of Business 2008 - 2011
  • University Service


  • Promotion and Tenure Committee 2019 - 2020
  • Department Chair for Department Chair 2017 - 2020
  • Committee Chair for Curriculum Implementation Committee 2016 - 2020
  • Provost Search Team 2019 - 2019
  • Co-Facilitator -Spark Session on Business & Society 2019 - 2019
  • Interview Team for Finance Director 2019 - 2019
  • Advisor of the Year Selection Committe 2019 - 2019
  • Interview Team for Registrar Candidate 2019 - 2019
  • Interview Team for Police Captain Search 2018 - 2018
  • Co-pi for Data-driven Innovation and Value Creation TLN 2015 - 2018
  • Graduation Marshal 2018 - 2018
  • Emerging Leaders MBA Review Team 2016 - 2017
  • Evaluator for Assurance of Learning for the Bentley MBA 2015 - 2015
  • Valente Seminar 2014 - 2014
  • Committee Member for The Bentley MBA Design Team 2011 - 2011
  • Mentor (Faculty) for First Year Student Advisor 2010 - 2011
  • Task Force Member for Task Force: Business Studies Major 2011 - 2011
  • Committee Member for Complex Problems/Creative Solutions Initiative 2008 - 2009
  • Professional Service


  • Served as Reviewer for the Master Teacher Competition entries for Academy of Legal Studies in Business 2019 - 2019
  • Editor (Associate), Journal for The Journal of Business Law & Ethics Pedagogy 2016 - 2017
  • Reviewer, Ad Hoc Reviewer for Business and Society Review - 2013