Dr. Laurien Alexandre
Dr. Laurien Alexandre is Director of Antioch University’s PhD in Leadership and Change and serves as professor and member of the core faculty. Dr. Alexandre first came to Antioch in 1991 as the Dean of Academic Affairs for Antioch’s two Southern California campuses. In that capacity, she participated in a number of university-wide innovation initiatives, one of which seeded the initial concept for this PhD Program. In 1999, she took a re-assignment with the university to head the design and implementation of the new PhD Program.
During her 20 years in higher education, Dr. Alexandre has served in leadership roles at Antioch as well as the Immaculate Heart College Center, an ecumenical institute devoted to research and training on peace and justice concerns, where she directed a teaching training (K-16) program on international and multicultural classrooms. She also taught for over 10 years at California State University, Northridge, in the Department of Mass Communications/Journalism where her focus was on graduate courses in media analysis.
Dr. Alexandre received her PhD in Comparative Culture from the University of California, Irvine in 1984. She has long been committed to interdisciplinary inquiry, especially in her teaching and writing on media and gender issues. She has published several books and a wide range of articles on the media for both academic and popular audiences, and she has also translated several scholarly books from Spanish to English. Most recently, Dr. Alexandre’s research has focused on media coverage of presidential and national politics in the Spanish-language press. Of late, Dr. Alexandre has focused her writing and presentations on higher education change and the importance of relational practice in leadership.
Dr. Alexandre is a life-long Californian, and currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Henrik, and their black labrador, Kaya.