Alexa Sand

Office of Research

Associate Vice President

Alexa Sand

Contact Information

Phone:  (435) 797-8549

Educational Background

Dr. Sand earned a B.A. degree in Art History and Anthropology from Williams College (1991), and an M.A. (1994) and Ph.D. (1999) in Art History from the University of California, Berkeley, under the direction of Dr. Harvey Stahl. As an advanced graduate student at UCB, she served as instructor of record for courses in art history and religious studies. A medievalist, her outside fields were in French literature and late-medieval European history.


Dr. Alexa Sand is Associate Vice President (AVP) for Research and Professor of Art History at Utah State University (USU). As AVP, Dr. Sand directs USU’s nationally recognized campus wide undergraduate research program, which engages over 1,500 students annually from across USU’s colleges and 9 campuses, and her responsibilities also include the Presidential Doctoral Research Fellowship program, and oversight of the Microscopy Core Facility (MCF).

Dr. Sand has been on the faculty at USU since 2004, when she joined the department of Art and Design as an assistant professor after serving as a lecturer at Sonoma State University and San Francisco Art Institute. As a faculty member she served as departmental Honors advisor (2004-2011) and assistant department head (2015-2017) and led the Caine College of the Arts “Research in the Arts” initiative from 2015-2018. She was tenured and promoted to the rank of Associate Professor in 2011 and promoted to Professor in 2018. She joined the Office of Research temporarily in 2016 as a Faculty Fellow and was appointed AVP in 2018. She maintains an active program of scholarship and publication in her primary field of medieval art history. She has been the recipient of major fellowships from institutions including the American Association of University Women, the Association of Classical and Learned Societies, the Huntington Library, the Center for the Advanced Study of the Visual Arts, the Clark Art Institute, and the Paul Mellon Centre Research Institute.

Dr. Sand is a graduate of the University of California, Berkeley (PhD Art History, 1999, MA Art History 1994) and Williams College (BA, Art History and Anthropology, cum laude, 1991). She is an elected representative and former chair of the Arts and Humanities Division of the Council on Undergraduate Research, an active member, prize committee chair, and former board member and publications committee chair of the International Center of Medieval Art (ICMA), and a member and former board member of the Medieval Association of the Pacific.