Dean Alexander is an active scholar with a distinguished record of teaching, service, professional activity, and a regular performer and keynote speaker at universities and conferences around the country. His over 150 scholarly publications appear in leading journals and major handbooks that evidence the broad interdisciplinary and intellectual curiosity of his engagement, including: “The Handbook of Qualitative Inquiry 4th and 5th editions, and the forthcoming 6th Edition," “The Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Communication,” “The Handbook of Autoethnography,” “The Blackwell Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication,” “The Handbook of Communication and Instruction,” “The Handbook of Critical and Indigenous Methodologies,” “The Handbook of Qualitative Research,” “The Handbook of Performance Studies,” and “Men and Masculinities: Critical Concepts in Sociology.”
Dean Alexander has six books. He is co-editor of “Performance Theories in Education: Power, Pedagogy, and the Politics of Identity” (Erlbaum, 2005); author of “Performing Black Masculinity: Race, Culture, and Queer Identity” (Alta Mira, 2006), author of “The Performative Sustainability of Race: Reflections on Black Culture and the Politics of Identity” (Peter Lang, 2012), co-editor of the “Routledge Handbook of Gender and Communication” (2021), the forthcoming co-author of “Still Hanging: Using Performance Texts to Deconstruct Racism” (Brill | Sense, May-2021) and co-author of “Collaborative Spirit-Writing and Performance in Everyday Black Lives” (Routledge, August-2021). His scholarship and teaching have been recognized with a range of national and regional awards including the Ellis-Bochner Autoethnography and Personal Narrative Research Award; the Ethnography Division Legacy Award; the Randy Majors Award for GLBTQ Scholarship; The H.L. “Bud” Goodall, Jr. and Nick “Gory” Trujillo “It’s a Way of Life” Award in Narrative Ethnography all from the National Communication Association; the Norman K. Denzin Qualitative Research Award, and the Master Teaching Award from the Western States Communication Association.
Dean Alexander has an earned Ph.D. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He holds a bachelor’s and master’s degree from what is now the University of Louisiana, Lafayette. At LMU he holds tenure in the Department of Communication Studies and proudly serves as Affiliate Faculty in the Educational Leadership for Social Justice Doctoral Program in LMU’s School of Education.
Before arriving at LMU, Dean Alexander was a Professor of Communication Studies and Affiliate Faculty of Theatre Arts and Dance at California State University Los Angeles, where he also served as chair of the Department of Liberal Studies, Associate Dean, and Interim Dean of the College of Arts and Letters — a college that included many of the current disciplines in CFA as well as English, Liberal Studies, Modern Languages and Literatures, Philosophy, Television, Film and Media Studies, with master's and MFA degrees in film and art, along with course offerings, minor programs and certificates in Journalism, Korean, Linguistics, Teaching Critical Thinking, as well as Women, Genders and Sexualities.
Dean Alexander has evidenced the ability to work successfully in diverse academic institutions including the California State University Los Angeles, Southern Illinois University Carbondale, Moorhead State University, MN and Texas A&M University-College Station, TX which informs his leadership at LMU.
Dean Alexander’s administrative, teaching, and scholarly life celebrates integrative and interdisciplinary approaches to knowledge, and a demonstrated commitment to high-quality undergraduate and graduate programs. He has particular interests in promoting leadership in/as collaboration and consensus building as well as an acknowledgment of administration, teaching, and scholarship as informing practices of academic professionalism. He promotes and embodies the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of higher education and civic life.