Dr. Alexander holds a B.S. in Business, and she holds a M.A. in Negotiation, Conflict Resolution, and Peacebuilding from California State University, Dominguez Hills. The emphasis of her thesis was to critically evaluate the conflict involved with California’s Proposition 8: “Navigating the Conflict Surrounding Same-sex Marriage in California: Fostering Resolution and Acceptance of Otherness,” and was completed under the supervision of Vici Taus, J.D. She went on to earn her Ph.D. from Union Institute & University in Interdisciplinary Studies: Public Policy and Social Change.
Dr. Alexander’s dissertation research investigates the convergence of evidence to understand how a church advanced itself as a moral entrepreneur within the policy arena to align against LGBT equality. Her dissertation is titled, “Exploring the LDS Church’s Wins in Two Same-Sex Marriage Elections: Mobilizing Members, Election Strategies, and Message Framing,” and was completed under the supervision of Mary Ann Steger, Ph.D. Dr. Alexander researches the area of human rights and empowerment, as well as public policy and control, these areas exploring the ways in which power is wielded to deny rights to minority groups that empower hierarchical institutions and structures.
Dr. Alexander has served in projects, including: Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative to initiate conflict resolution programs in primary schools across LA: http://www.csudhnews.com/2016/09/whitaker-harmonizer/; Post-Grad Asst to Prof Dowling of Chapman University, assisting in training law students in the practicum of negotiation and conflict resolution in a court setting; Grad Asst to Prof Kitissou of Union Institute & University to develop a Conflict Resolution Certificate program representing a cost/revenue potential to the University; Grad Asst on the eJournal, Penumbra: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Critical and Creative Inquiry, at Union Institute & University.