Name: Dr. Missy (Mary) S. Alexander
Title: Interim Director, Marist-LdM
Florence Branch Campus
Office Location: Hancock Center 2002
Extension: (845) 575-3330
Degrees Held:

Ph.D. in Media Ecology, New York University.
Dear Mr. President: The Changing Media Environments of Presidential Politics and the Social Construction of Presidents as Reflected in Letters to Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, and Lyndon B. Johnson

M.A. in Communication Studies, Hunter College, 1999
Adspeak and Other Stereotypes: The Use and Abuse of Brand Names in Popular Fiction

B.A. in Anthropology, Minor in Philosophy
Hunter College , 1989


Music, travel, and all aspects of culture.

Awards & Honors:

Faculty Member of the Year, School of Communication and the Arts, Marist College, 2002-2003 & 2005

FERI Grant Recipient, Sponsored Research at the Franklin Deleno Roosevelt Library, 2001

Teaching Fellow of the Year, New York University, School of Education, 1993-1994


Alexander, M. (2006). The media ecology perspective. [Review of the book Perspectives on culture, technology and communication: The media ecology tradition]. Review of Communication, 6(4), 365-368. Publication of the National Communication Association.

Alexander, M. (2006, September 1) Taking all the fun out of education. Chronicle of Higher Education, p. B20.

Alexander, M. (2005). Dear Mr. President: Changing media environments and the social construction of the president. Communication Review 8(1).

Alexander, M. (2002). Logoff and think: Reflection in the age of information overload. The Speech Communication Annual, 16,

Alexander, M. (2002). [Review of the Book Remediations: Understanding new media]. Explorations in Media Ecology, Inaugural Issue, 1(1), 61-62.

Alexander, M. (1999, August 6). The Art of Teaching Students to Think Critically. Chronicle of Higher Education,

Alexander, M. & Petkanas, B. (1998) Reflections of Education: A Case Study of Educational Technology Advertisements. The New Jersey Journal of Communication, 6 (2).

Alexander, M. (1993). Defining the Abortion Debate. Et Cetera: The journal of general semantics.

Research Interests:

Media Environments and Social Institutions, particularly Politics and Education; Language/Public Discourse; Peace


National Communication Association Eastern Communication Association New York State Communication Association, President 2007-2008 International Communication Association International Society for General Semantics Media Ecology Association


Alexander, M. (2010, July 1). Writing the President: FDR and Obama. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of Historians of the Twentieth Century United States (HOTCUS), Sussex University, England.

Alexander, M., Petkanas, W., & Strate, L. (2009, April 26). The past, present and future of general semantics. Roundtable presented at the Annual Meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Philadelphia, PA.

Alexander, M. (2007, November 17) Challenges to Credibility: Can Online MAs Really Give Students a Good Graduate Education? Roundtable at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Chicago, IL.

Alexander, M. (2007, April 26) Epistemology and the Challenge of Teaching Research Methods: When Social Science and Humanities Collide. Paper presented at the meeting of the meeting of the Eastern Communication Association, Providence, RI.

Alexander, M. (2005, November 18) Outcomes, assessment & just plain grades: Media environments and evaluation. Paper presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Boston, MA.

Alexander, M. (2005, May 27). Looking in the rearview mirror: Resisting the online-on the ground comparison. Paper presented at the meeting of the International Communication Association Conference, New York, New York.

Alexander, M. (2005, May 1) Pedagogy in cyberspace: A roundtable discussion on the evolving online teaching environment (Chair and Participant), Eastern Communication Association Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.

Alexander, M. (2003, November). Journalism, objectivity and multiordinality. Presented at the meeting of the National Communication Association, Miami, Florida.

Alexander, M. (2002, November). Constructing a political Self: Women write to Eleanor and Franklin D. Roosevelt. Presented at the meeting of National Communication Association, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Alexander, M. (2002, November)The paradoxes of quality mass media: Definitions and consequences (Keynote speaker). Presented at the meeting of The Fourteenth International Conference of the Israel Society for Quality, Jerusalem,Israel.


I am currently spending most of my time in Florence, Italy. For questions about the School of Communication & the Arts, contact Paula Willquet, Interim Assistant Dean of SCA. If you need me, try email. I answer all the time.