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Alexandria Vasquez

Adjunct Professor

Part-Time Faculty
Kalmanovitz Hall 252


Professor Vasquez is the founder and director of Herderin, the design adviser to Fibershed, and a part-time adjunct faculty in the sociology department at The University of San Francisco. She has been working for the last six years to develop a socio-emotional model for regenerative and sustainable design theory and practice. She earned a PhD in sociology from Brandeis University in 2019.


  • Work
  • Organizational theory
  • Medicine and health
  • Sustainable design
  • Economic sociology

Research Areas

  • Work and occupations
  • Organizations
  • Medical sociology
  • Socio-emotional design theory & practice


  • Brandeis University, PhD in Sociology, 2019
  • Virginia Commonwealth University, MS in Sociology, 2012
  • The New School, BA in Liberal Arts, 2009

Prior Experience

  • Founder & Creative Director, Herderin
  • Part-time Faculty in Sociology, Mill College
  • Teaching Fellow in Sociology, Brandeis University
  • Part-time Faculty in Sociology, Drexel University

Awards & Distinctions

  • Brandeis University Outstanding Teaching Fellow Award, 2014
  • Virginia Commonwealth University Outstanding Graduate Student Award, 2011

Selected Publications

  • Sharone, O., and A. Vasquez. 2015. “Sociology as a Strategy of Support for Long-Term Unemployed Workers.” The American Sociologist. (47)1.

  • Conrad, P, J. Bandini and A. Vasquez. 2016. “Illness and the Internet: From Private to Public Experience.” Health (London). 20(1):22-32.

  • Sharone, O., R. Ghayad and A. Vasquez, et. al. 2015. “Supporting Experienced Long-Term Unemployed Professionals.” Transforming U.S. Workforce Development Policies for the 21st Century edited by Carl Vanhorn, Todd Green and Tammy Edward. Federal Reserve. Washington D.C.