Bryant Keith Alexander is dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts as well as a Communication Studies professor.
He is an active scholar, lecturer and performer with publications in leading journals—along with major contributions in such volumes as the Handbook of Critical and Indigenous Methodologies, Handbook of Performance Studies, Handbook of Qualitative Research, Third Edition; Handbook of Communication and Instruction, the Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication, and the forthcoming Handbook of Autoethnography. He is the co-editor of Performance Theories in Education: Power, Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity (2005), author of Performing Black Masculinity: Race, Culture, and Queer Identity (2006) and is the author of The Performative Sustainability of Race: Reflections on Black Culture and the Politics of Identity (2012)—with a series of pending publications and research projects.
Before coming to LMU, Alexander held key administrative jobs at Cal State L.A., including associate dean, interim dean of the College of Arts and Letters, as well as acting chair of the Liberal Studies Department. Prior to joining the faculty at Cal State in 1998, Alexander taught at Texas A&M University, Minnesota State University Moorhead and Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
He earned his Ph.D. in speech communication with emphases in performance and pedagogical studies from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in interpersonal and public communication from what is now the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.
In his academic and administrative career, Alexander has promoted race, culture and gender diversity; supported issues of equality and social justice; been committed to student and faculty engaged decision-making, as well as critical and democratic pedagogy; and supported interdisciplinary studies across departments and colleges.