Alice Taylor

Alice Taylor is a PhD candidate in the School of Education and pursues a designated emphasis in Gender, Women’s & Sexuality studies. Her research interests include: education and social movements; critical studies of race, class, and gender, and youth studies; and qualitative and especially ethnographic research methodologies.

Alice’s dissertation analyzes the rise of youth movements in the past decade in Brazil and amidst transnational crises and uprisings such as Occupy, Indignados, and Black Lives Matter. It asks how youth navigate and articulate plural struggles of feminism, anti-capitalism, anti-racism, and public education. In doing so, it examines how youth mobilize learning, literacy, and digital practices, and how these practices shape their collective action. The research takes a multi-sited ethnographic research design that is hybrid across digital and street movement spaces in Brazil where she lived for seven years before coming to Berkeley.

Alice holds a master’s in International Affairs (2010) from the Fletcher School at Tufts University. She has been a qualitative researcher on projects addressing inequalities related to education, health, and gender since 2002. She began working on community health research in urban areas of Los Angeles, where promotoras de salud and volunteering in public radio introduced her to research and activism.

She is committed to engaged forms of scholarship and in collaborating in and across the Americas. Alice is affiliated with research groups at UFRJ, the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. Her work has been supported by the U.S. Department of Education Fulbright-Hays, and UC Berkeley's Center for Race & Gender, CLAS-Tinker Grant, and The Human Rights Center. She has taught courses in Education, Gender & Women’s Studies, and Geography/Global Studies departments. She speaks English, Portuguese, and Spanish.

Specializations and Interests

education and social movements; critical studies of race, class, and gender; youth studies; qualitative research methodologies/ethnography; nonformal/ informal educational practices (digital, learning, literacy); education in transnational/global contexts and the United States.

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MA, Tufts University