Maryland Carey Law welcomes Kristina Alayan, associate dean for library and technology and associate professor



The Maryland Carey Law community is pleased to welcome Associate Dean for Library and Technology and Associate Professor Kristina Alayan, who began in the position on July 1, 2021. 

Alayan comes to the law school from Howard University School of Law where she served as library director and assistant professor. 

“Kristina has extensive experience as a law librarian, with a special focus on international issues,” says Professor Rena Steinzor. “She was attracted to the law school by our obvious commitment to diversity, and I have no doubt that her enthusiasm for doing whatever she can to encourage students in the study of law will make her as beloved here as she has been everywhere else she has worked. I am thrilled she is joining us.” 

Daughter of an Iranian refugee father and German mother, Alayan is first generation in her family to be born in the United States and to go to law school. Her history, she says, has shaped her values and approach to library leadership. 

“My background has facilitated a management philosophy that prioritizes diversity, equity, and inclusion,” says Alayan, “whether proactively supporting an increasingly talented and diverse pool of law students, investing in both recruitment and retention of outstanding staff, or building dynamic collections and services that strengthen and promote the groundbreaking work of law faculty.” 

Before joining the law faculty at Howard, Alayan was the head of reference, head of content acquisition and management, and adjunct professor at Georgetown University Law Center. She also served as the foreign and international law reference librarian and lecturing fellow at Duke University School of Law, where she taught required legal research courses in the JD, LLM, and JD/LLM programs.

Alayan earned her master’s in Library Science (MLIS) with a certificate in Law Librarianship from the University of Washington School of Information and her JD from the University of Oregon School of Law with certificates in the International Law and Pro Bono programs. Her research interests include information literacy, access to justice, leadership, and change management. She specializes in foreign and international legal research and is proficient in multiple languages. 

Active in the law library community, Alayan 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). In 2019 she was recognized with the prestigious American Association of Law Libraries Emerging Leader award. 

Alayan is excited to work with the team at Maryland Carey Law to build on the library’s tradition of being a physical and online space where students, faculty, and alumni can come for community and a range of supports. It’s a great responsibility, she says, “to do right by our students and our faculty and help them do the critical, cutting-edge work that has meaningful impacts in the city of Baltimore, the state of Maryland, and beyond.” 


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