Rob Alexander

Robert Alexander

Assistant Professor of Political Science at James Madison University

Robert Alexander is the author of the E-PARCC simulation, “Addressing ELCA: An Exercise in Designing and Facilitating Stakeholder Processes," which received a First Place Award in the Best Teaching Simulation Competition in 2009-10. The simulation allows students to experience the design and facilitation process of a citizen/stakeholder meeting in the beginning stages of a long-term collaboration involving economic, environmental, and social interests.  He is the author of the case "Collaborative Strategy for Organizational Survival" which was awarded and honorable mention in the 2007 competition.  Public managers face strategic management challenges in this case, as they attempt to “grow” a new collaborative public organization that is embedded in the federal government and focused on environmental conflict.  He is also a co-author of the simulation “Fracked: Uncertainties in Negotiated Rule Making” was a winner in 2015 with Natalie Abel and Matthew Williams both of James Madison University.

Dr. Rob Alexander is an Associate Professor in Environmental Policy and Administration in the Department of Political Science at James Madison University (JMU), Harrisonburg, VA.  He earned degrees in Geology (B.S.) from Duke University, Environmental Science (M.S.E.S.) from Indiana University – Bloomington (IUB), and Public Administration also from IUB (M.P.A.) as well as Syracuse University (Ph.D.) He serves as the Associate Director of the Institute for Constructive Advocacy and Dialogue at JMU where he engages in dialogue process design and facilitation for the public and non-profit sectors within the environmental arena.  He also coordinates the Environmental Studies minor at JMU.  His research examines collaborative approaches to addressing environmental and sustainability problems through public policy informed by public dialogue and deliberation.  He has published work in the journals Energy Policy, Environmental Politics, and the Journal of Environmental Science and Studies.  Prior to earning his PhD, Rob worked for eight years as an environmental education professional with K-12 students in nonformal settings.

“One of the greatest strengths of doctoral study at the Maxwell School that continues to impact my work today was the degree of interaction and integration with doctoral student colleagues across the social sciences and humanities.  My placement in the Program for the Advancement of Research on Conflict and Collaboration (PARCC) and exposure to the theoretical lenses applied by PARCC scholars in sociology, anthropology, history, and political science greatly influenced my ability to approach research from an informed, interdisciplinary perspective.”