Bobby Alexander

Associate Professor of Sociology
Tags: Sociology Social Data Analytics and Research

Professional Preparation

Ph.D. - Religious Studies/Social-Scientific Study of Religion
Columbia University - 1985
Ph.D. - Systematic Theology
Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York - 1985
M.Phil. - Religious Studies
Columbia University - 1981
M.Div. - Systematic Theology
Union Theological Seminary, New York - 1976
B.A. - Religion, and English Literature (Double Major)
Baylor University - 1973

Research Areas

Research Interests
Religion and Social Change

Publications

    Books     Co-Authored ·       2012     Barriers Faced by Hispanic Students Transferring from Community Colleges              To University:  An Ethnographic Approach.  Bobby C. Alexander and Victor   Garcia, Editors.  Lewiston, New York:  The Edwin Mellen Press.  I am one of   two principal authors of the book as well as one of two co-editors.    

      Chapters in Edited Books ·       2017    “Contested Terrain:  Texas Immigration Policy.”  In Texas:  Yesterday andToday:  Readings in Texas Politics and Public Policy.  Edited by Euel Elliott and Doug Goodman.  Great River Learning. ·       2015    “Liminal/Liminality.”  Vocabulary for the Study of Religion, edited by Kockuvon Stuckrad and Robert Segal.  Leiden, The Netherlands:  Brill. 

    Journal Articles     Refereed ·       2019    “Using NVivo Software in Teaching and Learning Qualitative Research.”National Social Science Association Journal 51(2):23-28.  Co-authored with Thomas Spencer, Ph.D., The University of Texas Southwestern Medical School. 


     Entries in Encyclopedias ·       2018    “Light of the World Church.”  In Encyclopedia of Latin American Religions.Edited by H. Gooren.  Springer International Publishing AG, part of Springer Nature.


       Wikipedia Academics Entry ·       2018    “Tom F. Driver:  Theologian.”  I edited and submitted this entry written by Professor Driver on this Professor Emeritus at Union Theological Seminary, New York, where he was Paul Tillich Professor of Theology.   - publications

Appointments

2002 Associate Professor of Sociology
[–Present]
2016 Visiting Scholar, Social Work Program, School of Law, Guangdong University of Technology, Guongzhou, Guangdong Province, China
[–Present]

Awards

2006 Coolidge Fellow CrossCurrents: The Association for Religion and Intellectual Life Research Colloquium, with cooperation from Columbia University and Union Theological Seminary, New York, New York -
2004 Resident The Rockefeller Foundation Residency, The Rockefeller Foundation Bellagio Study and Conference Center Bellagio, Italy -

Projects

See CV.

Presentations

2016 I gave a presentation on Sociology field research and Social Work in the U.S. as a possible model for Social Work in China to a professional/governmental association of social workers in Hunan Province as part of the first ever conference of social workers in Hunan organized by the provincial government. Zhouzhou, Hunan Province, China, May 18th.

Additional Information

Professional Organizations
  • American Academy of Religion



            
Teaching Awards and Nominations
  • 2018-2019 ·       Nominee Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring         

  • 2017-2018 ·       Nominee Provost’s Award for Faculty Excellence in Undergraduate Research Mentoring   

  • 2015-2016 ·       Outstanding EPPS Faculty Comet Teaching Award in Sociology                             

  • 2014-2015 ·       Outstanding EPPS Faculty Comet Teaching Award in Sociology

Activities

Professional Memberships
  • American Academy of Religion

University Activities and Commitees
  
  • 2018-2019
·       Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (Institutional Review Board/IRB)·       Faculty Advisor, UTD Sociology Club·       Faculty Advisor, UTD Baha’i Club·       Faculty Advisor, UTD Buddhist Discussion Club·       Faculty Advisor, UTD Adimayyah Muslim Association

      
  •       2017-2018
·       Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (Institutional Review Board/IRB)·       Outside Chair appointed by Graduate Studies for doctoral oral final exam (dissertationdefense, School of Engineering and Computer Sciences·       Faculty Advisor, UTD Baha’i Club·       Faculty Advisor, UTD Buddhist Discussion Club

 
  •       2016-2017
·       Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (Institutional Review Board/IRB)·       Outside Chair appointed by Graduate Studies for doctoral oral final exam (dissertationdefense, School of Management·       Co-Faculty Advisor, the UTD Chapter of Oxfam International·       Faculty Advisor, UTD Baha’i Club

 
  •       2015-2016
·       Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (Institutional Review Board/IRB)·       UTD Interfaith Advisory Board·       Co-Faculty Advisor, the UTD Chapter of Oxfam International·       Faculty Advisor, UTD Baha’i Club

 
  •       2014-2015
·       Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (Institutional Review Board/IRB)·       UTD Interfaith Advisory Board ·       Faculty Advisor, UTD Baha’i Club·       Co-Faculty Advisor, the UTD Chapter of Oxfam International

     
  •       2013-2014
·       Committee on Research Involving Human Subjects (Institutional Review Board/IRB)      

Affiliations

2007-present Advisory Board Member -- Friends of Yale Institute of Sacred Music (Yale ISM), Yale University
Appointed by the Director of the Yale ISM.

Funding

See CV.
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