College of the Arts
Assistant Professor and Department Chair
Art and Design Department
Office Location: Calcia Hall 110
DR. ALEXANDER is a New York based curator, writer and the incoming Chairperson of the Department of Art and Design at Montclair State University in New Jersey. Dr. Alexander has curated and produced visual arts and film exhibitions at a wide variety of institutions, including the Tate Modern, the Museum of Modern Art, Brooklyn Museum, the Film Society of Lincoln Center, and Maraya Arts Centre, among others. She is a regular consultant to a variety of art organizations and galleries and is the co-founder of ArteEast, a leading international non-profit organization promoting Middle Eastern art. Her writings have appeared at Hyperallergic, Harpers Bazaar Art Arabia, Journal of Visual Anthropology, Framework and as part of edited volumes on film and art. She is currently a key leader in a new initiative investing in arts and urban development in the city of New Rochelle, NY.
Theatre and Dance Department
DR. BRATER holds a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center and a B.A. from Barnard College. She comes to Montclair State from the University of New Haven, where she served as Visiting Assistant Professor, Theater Program Coordinator, and Assistant Dean. Her book, Ruth Maleczech at Mabou Mines: Woman’s Work, was published by Methuen Drama in 2016. Chapters on Mabou Mines appear in two forthcoming anthologies on collective creation from Palgrave Macmillan. As a director, Brater is developing The Art of Hijab, Kohl Black, and the Right Way to Pray, a new play that explores Muslim feminist identity, with a Creative Space grant at ART/NY, following a 2014-16 residency at LaGuardia Performing Arts Center. Her research aims to bring attention to art and artists who have been underrepresented historically in theatre criticism and onstage. Her teaching encourages students to map connections between theater literature, history, and theory and their own stage practice, challenging them to excel both intellectually and creatively and to examine connections between the performative and the political.
Art and Design Department
Office Location: Calcia Hall
DR. CHAE received her Ph.D. in Clothing and Textiles at Virginia Tech in 2006. She has extensive academic and teaching experience in the field of Fashion. Prior to joining MSU, She has taught at the University of Idaho and Marymount University since 2007. Her research interests are functional design for sportswear and protective gear, product development, and fashion technology. She has received nearly $50,000 in research grants, from Cotton Incorporated and conducted research on prototypes of tennis and golf wear for mature females and juniors. Her research has been presented to international and national conferences as well as published in peer-reviewed international journals. Her creative design exhibited in international and national juried exhibitions. Her creative design, Decorate Me Again inspired by sustainable home decor, was awarded the best show at the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences (AAFCS) 105th annual conference and expo in 2014.