Kristen Rowlett

Instructional Assistant Professor of Law and Reference Librarian, Dee J. Kelly Law Library

Kristen Rowlett

“With a greater access to information than ever before, effective and efficient research skills are paramount to academic and professional success.”

Get to Know Kristen Rowlett

What drew you to the law?

I studied political communication in undergrad with the intention of pursuing a career in political consulting. I sought a legal education not only to fully understand the structure and intricacies of our democratic system, but also to become a better writer and communicator. After realizing how much I enjoyed the process of researching the law, I switched gears and became a law librarian instead.

What do you enjoy most about teaching?

I love helping people. As a reference librarian, I teach research skills to not only students, but also other faculty members and members of the public. This provides me the opportunity to meet many different people with different types of interesting research needs. There is never a dull question.

What do you hope students gain from your courses?

I hope students gain confidence in their own research abilities. Legal research can be confusing and frustrating to the untrained searcher. On the other hand, research is an exciting intellectual scavenger hunt. It is my goal for students to leave class thinking the latter.

What did you do prior to academia?

I spent a couple years in print journalism as a copyeditor and writer. I then dabbled in photojournalism, where my photography ranged from LSU football games to President Obama. I also had a radio show in Louisiana where I played cinematic songs and scores.

What are you passionate about outside the law?

My animals, live music, New Orleans food, reading fiction books.

What are your research interests?

Everything! It’s my job to research, so no topic is off limits. I even research how people conduct research.

Publications

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Presentations

Presentations are listed on my CV.

Expertise

  • Research

Academic Experience

  • Assistant Professor
    Texas A&M University School of Law (2013-present)

Education

  • M.L.I.S. with Certificate in Law Librarianship, University of Washington
  • J.D. with Diploma in Comparative Law, Paul M. Hebert Law Center, Louisiana State University
  • B.A. in Mass Communication, Louisiana State University