Bobby C. Alexander, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Sociology in the Sociology Program, Department of Public Affairs and Policy Studies, School of Economic, Political, and Policy Sciences (EPPS) at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD), received his Ph.D. from Columbia University in Religious Studies in 1985; he was awarded a Ph.D. in Systematic Theology by Union Theological Seminary in New York in the same year.
Alexander’s research treats religion and social change. He is the author of two book monographs, originally published by the American Academy of Religion and currently in the catalog of Oxford University Press. He is co-author of a recent book, for which he was co-editor, published by The Edwin Mellen Press. The book is based on a U.S. Department of Education grant project, for which he was Project Director. The book grew out of a paper presented at a symposium on college educational opportunities for Hispanic students organized by The Civil Rights Project at Harvard University with support from the Pew Hispanic Center. Currently Alexander is working on a book monograph and related journal articles on the contribution of religion and Mexican immigrant women’s leadership in their churches to assimilation of these women and their families into U.S. society and various social institutions. He is working on a co-authored journal article on performance of credibility in pursuit of political asylum, a concept emerging in the legal literature. Alexander has single-authored articles in Journal for the Scientific Study of Religion, Method and Theory in the Study of Religion, Journal of Ritual Studies, Semeia: Journal for Biblical Interpretation, and Listening: Journal of Religion and Culture, and was the lead author of a co-authored article in the Journal for Hispanic Higher Education. He has published book chapters in edited books by Sage Publications, Inc., Greenwood Press, and Parthian Books, and has a forthcoming chapter published by Brill. He has authored articles in two editions of The Encyclopedia of Religion, Encyclopedia of Protestantism, and Encyclopaedia Britannica. Alexander’s research has been funded by the American Academy of Religion (AAR), the AAR’s Southwest Commission on Religious Studies, CrossCurrents: The Association for Religion and Intellectual Life, the Rockefeller Foundation, Overbrook Foundation, and Southern Methodist University. He is a member of the American Academy of Religion, and a former member of the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion.
Alexander teaches courses in religion in society, religion in international development, immigrants and immigration in U.S. society, immigration policy, and race and ethnicity, among others. He is a two-time recipient of the Student Choice Teaching Award presented by students in the formerly named School of Social Sciences at UTD, and has received an Outstanding EPPS Faculty Comet Award, which is based on student nominations, and a Distinguished Teacher in Diversity and Multicultural Education Award, which is presented by UTD’s Office of Diversity and Community Engagement.
Alexander has been a member of the Sociology Program Committee in EPPS and the Committee on Teaching Effectiveness, and has served on university-wide committees: University Institutional Review Board (IRB) (current); the Committee on Education Policy (CEP), which he served as Chair; the Committee on Core Curriculum (CCC); Committee on Student Scholarships, which he served as Vice Chair; and the Advisory Committee of the Office of International Education. As former Assistant Dean and College Master in the School of Social Sciences, he served on the Council of Masters, an administrative body comprised of Assistant and Associate Deans of Undergraduate Studies in their respective schools. I served as Faculty Advisor in UTD’s Office of Undergraduate Education under the Dean of Undergraduate Education. Long-time Faculty Advisor to the UTD Baha’i Club, I am advisor to the UTD Intercultural Women’s Society, and was co-advisor to the UTD Sociology Club.
I am a member of the American Academy of Religion and am a past member of the AAR’s Ritual Studies Steering Committee. I am a member of Friends of Yale Institute of Sacred Music at Yale University (Yale ISM), an advisory body appointed by the Director of the Institute. I am past President of the Board of Directors of the Oak Cliff Center for Community Studies, a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization I founded together with principals of the U.S. Department of Education grant project, and honorary Lifetime Member of the Board. I also am a member of With One Voice, a coalition of public and government institutions and non-profit organizations in North Texas providing a variety of services to immigrants in the region. The mission of the coalition is to improve the lives of immigrants by advocating for reform of immigration laws and policies affecting the undocumented, refugees, individuals seeking political asylum, children, and other immigrants.