House Professor-Dean

House Professor-Dean

Each House in the West Campus House System is overseen by a House Professor-Dean, a tenured faculty member who is the leader of the House's intellectual program, and an Assistant Dean, a student affairs professional who directs the multiple functions of the House and shares responsibility with the House Professor-Dean for the realization of the House's educational mission.


A black and white image of Chantal Thomas

Chantal Thomas, Ph.D., J.D.
Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and Radice Family Professor of Law
Cornell Law School
105 Alice Cook House

Chantal Thomas is Radice Family Professor of Law and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at Cornell Law School, where she also directs the Cornell Center for Global Economic Justice and oversees the Clarke Initiative for Law and Development in the Middle East and North Africa. She teaches, researches, and writes in various aspects of international law, from trade, development, and migration, to art law.  Chantal serves on the U.S. State Department’s Advisory Council on International Law, and has consulted for the UN Economic Commission for Africa, the U.S. Trade Representative, and the U.S. Agency for International Development. She holds a PhD in Law from Cambridge University, a JD from Harvard Law School, and a BA from McGill University.

Prior to joining Cornell, Chantal chaired the Law Department at the American University in Cairo and taught at Fordham Law School in New York City. In her spare time, Chantal enjoys the arts and being active, with yoga being a particular favorite. In Ithaca, Chantal volunteers with community radio station WRFI, and with the Hangar Theatre. Her family includes her partner Greg, a technology and entertainment attorney; stepdaughter Marley, who is a member of her high school newspaper and yearbook staff and who was crowned Miss Finger Lakes Teen 2022; and daughter Sage, who takes dance, gymnastics and horseback riding lessons and loves to draw.