Bryant K. Alexander

Bryant K. Alexander

Bryant Alexander
Bryant Keith Alexander, Ph.D., dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts and professor of Communication and Performance Studies

Bryant Keith Alexander, Ph.D. is dean of the College of Communication and Fine Arts as well as a professor of Communication and Performance Studies.

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" (SAGE), "Handbook of Performance Studies" (SAGE), "Handbook of Qualitative Research" (SAGE, Third Edition/Fifth Edition), "Handbook of Communication and Instruction" (SAGE), "Handbook of Critical Intercultural Communication" (Wiley-Blackwell), and "Handbook of Autoethnography" (Left Coast). He is the co-editor of "Performance Theories in Education: Power, Pedagogy and the Politics of Identity" (2005, Erlbaum), author of "Performing Black Masculinity: Race, Culture, and Queer Identity" (2006, Alta Mira), and "The Performative Sustainability of Race: Reflections on Black Culture and the Politics of Identity" (2012, Lang).

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. from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees from what is now the University of Louisiana, Lafayette.

In his academic and administrative career, Alexander has promoted issues of 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.