Mechele Dickerson

Mechele Dickerson

  • Arthur L. Moller Chair in Bankruptcy Law and Practice
  • University Distinguished Teaching Professor

Faculty Profile: Mechele Dickerson

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A. Mechele Dickerson is a nationally recognized scholar and a global media expert on consumer debt, housing affordability and homeownership. She is the author of Homeownership and America's Financial Underclass: Flawed Premises, Broken Promises, New Prescriptions (Cambridge 2014). Dickerson has participated in congressional briefings and has testified before a congressional subcommittee on housing unaffordability. Her current research focuses on income and wealth inequality and she has recently completed a manuscript on the Neglected Middle Class.

Professor Dickerson joined the faculty in January 2006 and served as the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs from 2006-2011. She teaches Remedies and Federal Civil Procedure at the School of Law and also teaches courses on financial vulnerability for the Liberal Arts Honors Program at the College of Liberal Arts.

Professor Dickerson clerked for Hon. (ret.) Nathaniel R. Jones and practiced law in Washington, D.C. and Norfolk, Virginia before joining the law faculty at the College of William and Mary. Professor Dickerson is an elected member of the American Law Institute and an elected fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy.

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Professional Activities


March 11, 2019

Keynote Address

Austin Community Foundation

A Conversation on Economic Mobility and the Racial Wealth Gap


October 17, 2017

Congressional Briefing

U.S. Capitol Visitor Center, Room SVC 208

Invited to present at SmartTaxReform: The Republican Tax Plan and the Mortgage Interest Deduction


March 22, 2016

Congressional Testimony

Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance (Committee on Financial Services)

Invited to present paper, The Future of Housing in America: Government Regulations and the High Cost of Housing and answer the committee's questions.